10 Ways to Eat Gluten-Free at Your Fave Fast Food Chains

Courtney Leiva | Sep 12, 2016 Food & Party

With the meteoric popularity of gluten-free diets, fast food chains are scrambling to catch up and revamp their decidedly gluten-laden menu options.

And though that's great news to people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, a word of caution: Most restaurants can't guarantee that items are prepared in a celiac-safe environment, as cross-contamination can -- and does -- happen.

The best bet is to be crystal clear when ordering and researching a chain's ingredient list beforehand, going in by knowing the risks. And if you're looking for healthier options (that don't just include taking buns), we've rounded up some of our favorite GF options. 

 

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  • Jamba Juice

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    If you are a huge smoothie lover, you'll be pleased to know that Jamba Juice has plenty of non-gluten smoothies (we're total fans of the Aloha Pineapple one) and juice shots available on the menu. 

  • Panera Bread

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    Panera may be known for every kind of baked good under the sun, but there are special bakery options that contain no wheat.

    If you're in the mood for something sweet, ask for the mouthwatering Gluten Conscious Triple Chocolate Cookie with Walnuts, or the Gluten Conscious Monster Cookie with Nuts. 

  • Pinkberry

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    Head to Pinkberry if you have a serious craving for fro-yo. We love the Peanut Butter Cup and Strawberry Margharita flavors the best.

  • Chipotle

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    Aside from offering some slammin' burrito bowl options, Chipotle is a place where gluten-conscious customers can still enjoy tasty tacos by ordering soft or crispy corn tortillas instead.

  • KFC

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    First, the bad news: The Colonel's famous recipe is 100 percent NOT gluten free. But, you can still feast on pretty much all of the sides, including mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and cole slaw. 

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  • Pizza Hut

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    Ordering gluten-free pizza seems nearly impossible, but Pizza Hut has risen (pun intended!) to challenge.

    The pizza chain has created a certified gluten-free pie, available at 2,800 pizza hut locations, and you can request that your local chain offer it, too. It's made with Udi's Certified Gluten-Free crust and is totally customizable.

  • Chick-fil-A

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    If you're a die-hard chicken lover, Chick-fil-A has plenty of scrumptious offerings to try. Gluten-conscious customers can enjoy savory grilled offerings like chicken fillets (just ask for no bun!), tasty chicken salads, and grilled chicken nuggets. 

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  • El Pollo Loco

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    Indulge in chicken delights like fire-grilled chicken wings, or the Grande Avocado Bowl.

     

  • Au Bon Pain

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    Don't let the fact that Au Bon Pain is known for baked goods throw you off your gluten-free groove. Satisfying options like the Gluten Free 3 Seed Roll, Chewy Marshmallow Bar, and Gluten Free Brownie are available at restaurant locations nationwide.

  • In-N-Out Burger

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    Burger lovers will love the In-N-Out's Protein-Style Burger, as it features a juicy burger patty wrapped in large piece of crisp lettuce. 

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