If you are following a meal plan or perhaps seeking a healthier lifestyle, dining out can be a daunting thing to manage. However, in the case the Mexican Cuisine is something that you absolutely love, luckily there are some helpful and delicious ways to keep yourself on track.So the next time you find yourself at a Mexican restaurant and worrying about what’s on the menu, think about these simple tips to help leave you satisfied and on track!
Skip The Chips
Almost all Mexican restaurants will bring you chips and salsa right when you sit down. Although you may try to resist the temptation or perhaps just have “one”, it can be challenging to keep this mindset without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. To avoid this hurdle, ask your server to hold the chips and salsa and perhaps ask for a side salad as a starter or a side of veggies.
Watch Out For Certain Dishes
Mexican cuisine is usually full of color, flavors, and fresh ingredients. However, some dishes such as nachos, chimichangas, and taquitos are generally higher in fat and calories and should be avoided. To enjoy a healthy and fresh meal, try opting for fajitas, pollo asado plate (grilled chicken plate), or perhaps a fresh salad with guacamole. A bit of communication with the server can also help you create a much healthier meal for you to enjoy. Some great substations include opting for corn tortillas instead than flour, fresh salsa instead of salad dressing, or a dollop of guacamole instead of the cheese and cream.
Go for the Black Beans
Not only are black beans delicious, but they’re loaded with protein and fiber which makes them a great substitution for any starchy side. While refried beans are also tasty, they often contain added fats such as lard or dairy. To keep yourself feeling great, make sure you are swapping out the refried beans for black beans.
Ordering a salad from any restaurant can be a great option, especially if you are able to make some substitutions. Some good options of salad topping from a Mexican restaurant include: pollo asado (grilled chicken), carne asada (grilled steak), grilled shrimp, whole beans, fresh chopped veggies, and/or avocado slices. And let’s not forget the dressing! Try opting for fresh salsa or lime juice to add some flavor.
The next time you find yourself at a Mexican restaurant, try out these helpful tips. Not only will you keep yourself on track with your health goals, but you are sure to enjoy a delicious and flavorful meal.