I LOVE Mexican food. The downside, some meals can easily clock in at 1,500-2,000 calories and more than double the amount of sodium you want in one day. And that wouldn’t be including the drinks or chips and salsa. The thing about it though is that a lot of Mexican food can be very healthy! Take salsa for example, so low in calories but so high in flavor. Corn tortillas are also great since they don’t use any fat when traditional flour tortillas use lard. You can also add lean proteins and vegetables to make a nice well-rounded meal. Here are some tips for those of you who also love Mexican food.
Try to avoid
Crispy taco shells
Crunchy wraps or gordita-type burritos
Sour cream, cheese or quacamole
Grilled or baked meats
Soft tortillas, corn tortillas preferably
Ensalada or fresco style meals
Veggie burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, etc.
Sopa de albondigas
Salsa or pico de gallo
Load up on steamed, roasted or marinated vegetables
Lean proteins like chicken or fish
Low fat cheese
What is your favorite Mexican food? How do you make it more healthy? I always love ideas!
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD