Do you want to go out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner, but you're trying to eat healthier foods? Do you adore Mexican restaurants, but you're sad that they don't have anything that you can eat now? Fortunately for you, there are actually plenty of options for health-conscious diners. Here are some tips to keep in mind that will help you choose your food when you go out to eat:
Find Mexican restaurants that offer soup: Because of its high water content, soup can be lower in calories than many similarly-sized dishes. Although it originated in Spain, gazpacho may be offered at some restaurants. This cold soup, made from raw vegetables, may be one of the healthiest options on the menu. Other soups may not be quite as healthful, but can be low calorie if you stick to smaller portions.
Look for more authentic fare: Many Americanized Mexican restaurants offer things like enchiladas that drip gooey melted cheese or tacos that are packed with shredded cheese, but these are not authentic Mexican dishes. Authentic dishes will use cheese sparingly and probably won't use yellow cheese at all. If cheese is used at all, authentic Mexican dishes are more likely to use queso fresco, which is a crumbled white cheese similar in texture to a very dry cottage cheese. Since cheese adds calories, authentic Mexican dishes are likely to be friendlier to your waistline.
Order dishes that are filled with vegetables: Chicken fajitas are a good dish for people who are watching what they eat. When the fajitas are made with light meat, there are slightly fewer calories per serving than with dark meat. In addition, fajitas are loaded with vegetables like bell peppers and onions, making them filling without having too many calories. Other good options to look for at your local Mexican restaurants include nopale tacos and whole pinto or black beans. However, you should skip the frijoles, or refried beans, since the cooking process usually adds fat that you would otherwise want to avoid.
Skip the chips: Tortilla chips and hard taco shells are usually fried in oil, making them extremely fatty. If your restaurant offers free chips and salsa at your table, ask if you can have some warmed corn tortillas instead of chips. When dipped into or spread with the salsa, these tortillas may not crunch like chips but they will offer a similar taste. Since many authentic Mexican restaurants fry their tacos after putting the filling inside, you can also ask that they skip this step and serve you soft shelled tacos instead of hard tacos.
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