Do you and your family often find yourselves at the local taco shop or Mexican restaurant? Tacos, burritos and guacamole don’t always have to be guilty pleasures. Mexican food is known for being loaded with calories, fat and sodium, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Here are some tips for family-friendly, healthy eating at Mexican restaurants that will make it easy to enjoy those full Latin flavors without the family loading up on extra calories:
Load up on vegetables – Veggies are a good source fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that are a must for everyone in the family. Always choose the vegetable-filled burritos, tacos, or fajitas instead of steak or chicken.
Choose your tortilla wisely – Opt for a soft whole grain or corn (also considered a whole grain) tortilla whenever possible to add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your meal, or skip the tortilla all together and ask for a lettuce wrap to add those veggies to your family’s meal.
Nix extra toppings like cheese, sour cream, and guacamole – They’re delicious, but they can also add calories and fat to your meal. Ask for half the usual amount in any of your dishes or request them on the side to share with the family.
Fried foods are not your friends – Choose soft tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and burritos. Substitute black or pinto beans instead of refried beans.