Not all trailer food is forbidden. Here’s proof you can hit the trailer parks and maintain that girlish figure:
- Sun Farm Kitchens: Their “Wow! Salad” has mixed greens and baby spinach, cubes of avocado, peaches, sliced olives, shredded carrot and beets topped with some sprouts for $5. Or how about quenching your thirst with a Carribbean carrot latte: coconut milk, carrot juice, spices on ice for $4? (1106 E 11th).
Mmmpanadas: "Roasted Summer Veggies (red bell peppers, zucchini & eggplant) with Smoked Gouda". The crust contains trans-fat-free shortening to boot. Buy it for $3.50 on their truck (4209 Airport Blvd), at Flipnotics Coffee House or Wheatsville Co-op.
Counter Culture: “Apple & Cheeze Sandwich”. This guy has tart Granny Smith Apples, Organic Lettuce & Cashew Cheeze Spread made with raw cashews on a whole wheat bun. It can be yours for $5, tax-included. Counter Culture also offers a different Quinoa dish every week, all under 500 calories (120 E. North Loop and Ave F).
Holy Cacao: “Cake Balls are certified to be under 190 calories each. So you could have 2 (and split a 3rd with a friend) and be under 500!” says John Spillyards from the Holy Cacao (1311 S. 1st St).
La Boite Cafe: Here are two sandwiches under 500 calories: (1) “Turkey, Brie & organic fig spread” (you can find this delectable recipe in the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook, Austin Edition coming out this fall), and (2) “Pastrami with provolone, Dai Due Fireman's 4 mustard & horseradish slaw”. If you visit this trailer, it will be hard to resist buying the Macarons, which are only about 180 calories a piece (1700 South Lamar Blvd).
- Blenders and Bowls: “The O.G.” has organic Brazilian açaí topped with hemp granola, fresh strawberries, bananas, chia seeds, bee pollen and drizzled with local Round Rock Honey ($7/12-ounce bowl). In fact, all of their açaí bowls weigh in under 500 calories, so don’t be shy. Find this mobile food truck on twitter @BlendersBowls for their latest locale, or stop by The Rowing Dock (2418 Stratford Drive) Thursday-Sunday 9a-4p. Owner Kara says, “Açaí is a sustainable harvest that promotes the preservation of the rainforest and contributes to positive economic growth in the Amazon.”
- Conscious Cravings: All of their signature hot wraps are 200-300 calories and cost $5 – hard to beat a deal like that. Check out their Chimichurri Seitan, which is a grilled wheat protein in a refreshing green chimichurri sauce mixed with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. You can add vegan Daiya cheese if you wish (1901 Rio Grande at MLK).
Mambo Berry: Known best for their smoothies (all under 500 calories and $4.25), you might try the Orange Creamsicle (fat free, dairy free, 135 calories/16 oz). Or may I suggest the Strawberry Basil smoothie (105 calories/16 oz). Their yummy turkey croissant sandwich with mixed greens, red onion, and homemade cranberry mustard contains 390 calories ($6.25). In the mood for frozen yogurt? Mambo Berry makes theirs locally with nonfat, all natural White Mountain yogurt, which is loaded with probiotics. Only 130 calories for the 6 oz. size, or 260 calories for the Mambo 12-oz. size ($3.50). (801 Barton Springs Rd., open daily from 11a-9p).
- Fresh off the Truck: Say “Ni-Haowdy” with some Vietnamese Cabbage Slaw. It comes in 3 variations : Regular slaw, Poached Chicken or Shrimp. The shredded cabbage chiffonade also has mint, fried shallots and peanuts (swap out calorie-busting croutons for peanuts to give it a healthy crunch) & Vietnamese dressing. You’ll also want to try their Taro chips are healthier and more nutritional than you're ordinary potato chip (UT campus).