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Healthy lunch options for the eco-conscious, gluten-free, and local-minded eater. By Melissa Romero

A while back we featured ten of the healthiest food trucks in DC, with some of our favorites such as TaKorean and Hula Girl making the list. But that was almost a year ago, and since then we’ve deemed plenty more trucks worthy of the list.

For local fare . . .


The Shaw sandwich shop’s food truck relies solely on local businesses for ingredients. Sandwiches are made with baguettes from a local bakery and fixins from local farms. Since the food is so fresh, it runs out quickly, so be sure to get in line early.

Something Stuffed

The snack-size portions at this truck won’t leave you feeling completely “stuffed.” Plus you can feel good about the fact that the owners make it their mission to source only seasonal and local ingredients. That means the menu changes daily based on what’s available.

 For seasonal fruits and veggies . . .

Eat Stix

You’ll find your typical meat kebabs at Eat Stix, but vegetarian and vegan stix are also available daily. The truck uses only seasonal fruits and vegetables.

 For a healthy burrito . . .

Rito Loco

While not everything on this food truck’s menu is healthy (we’d stay away from the cheesy pasta-filled AM Rito), you’ll find creative options such as the Fruit Rito, filled with fresh fruit, granola, cinnamon, and condensed milk. Also try the Veggie Rito, with its medley of local farm vegetables.

 For a healthy snack . . .

Pleasant Pops

When the Washington heat arrives this summer, we’ll be in line for one of Pleasant Pops’ fruit and veggie paletas. You won’t be hopped up on sucrose with this food truck’s pops, which are made with locally sourced fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and dairy.

Popped! Republic

If you’re craving an afternoon snack, you can’t go wrong with air-popped popcorn. Research shows that popcorn (the non-buttery kind) is chock-full of antioxidants; it’s best eaten air-popped, too.

 For gluten-free food . . .

Crepes Parfait

Crepes Parfait uses organic buckwheat flour and organic white wheat flour, but also offers gluten-free options. The crepes are prepared with natural products free of additives or artificial flavoring.

 For MSG-free food . . .

Doug the Food Dude

This Northern Virginia-based food truck offers healthy wraps such as a veggie wrap with cucumber, tomato, spinach, and fresh bell peppers, and a salmon wrap with spinach and cucumber. Another perk: Doug cooks without MSG and preservatives, especially since his daughter is allergic to them.

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Published May 14, 2013