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Barrio Barista Joins ¡Por Vida!

Barrio Barista, a locally-owned restaurant on the West Side of San Antonio, joined ¡Por Vida!, a Metro Health healthy dining program. Gilbert De Hoyos opened Barrio Barista in 2014 where he works alongside his son Gil, serving up breakfast and lunch to patrons in a neighborhood coffeehouse atmosphere. 

“San Antonio and especially the West Side have a reputation of not having healthy foods and I want to change that by cooking delicious foods that also support a healthy life. It’s my way of giving back to the community,” said Gilbert De Hoyos, owner of Barrio Barista.

A ¡Por Vida! registered dietitian analyzed several ¡Por Vida!-approved entrées and side options to be offered at Barrio Barista. All these meals meet the ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria where a meal cannot exceed 700 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, 12 grams added sugar, and 750 mg of sodium (salt). ¡Por Vida!-approved items are not fried or contain hydrogenated oils (trans-fat).

¡Por Vida! menu items available at Barrio Barista include the Naked Bean Burger, Veggie Tacos, and Sweet Hash. All ¡Por Vida!-approved items are listed on

“Gilbert’s dedication to being a positive influence on the health of the community makes the restaurant a natural fit for the program,” says Anna Macnak, Metro Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Dietitian. “We look forward to the continued growth of the program and to helping community members find the healthy options in San Antonio,”

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