Do you love Mexican food, but are on a diet? Have you been avoiding your favorite Mexican restaurant because of all the cheese-laden and high-calorie options? Don't miss out on your next social gathering because of your diet. Here are some healthy options that you can order:
Chicken fajitas: When ordering fajitas, skip the sour cream and instead order fresh salsa for a topping. Fresh salsa will boost the amount of vegetables in the dish. Many people consider chicken to be one of the healthiest meats to eat, for a variety of reasons, which is why you should order chicken fajitas and not beef fajitas.
Taco salad: When ordered without the crunchy fried taco shell, this can be an extremely healthy option. If you still want to have a taco crunch, order your salad with a small side of chips. Although tortilla chips are usually still fried, making them unhealthy, using chips will allow you to control the portion that you consume.
Skip combos: When ordering a meal with an entree and two or more sides, the included portions are often large and smothered with less toppings. Order individual items from the other part of the menu. For example, you might choose to order a chicken enchilada without cheese and sides of whole black beans and corn. Black beans are extremely healthy, and ordering whole beans will allow you to skip the added fat and calories present in refried beans. In addition, corn is often considered by many people to be lower in calories and nutritionally better for you than the white rice used in most Mexican dishes.
Margaritas: Having a margarita with your meal is often considered to be indispensable to the whole Mexican food experience. Unfortunately, to save time, many restaurants make margaritas with mixers that are full of sugars. Find out if your favorite restaurant mixes their margaritas fresh, using only tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Fresh margaritas will have less sugar in them than margaritas made with a pre-made mixer, making them marginally healthier. If you do decide to order a margarita, you may want to tell your server to skip adding sugar or salt to the rim of the glass.
Paletas: Paletas are a Mexican ice cream, made mainly with fresh fruit and minimal amounts of dairy or added sugars. They are traditionally made into popsicles, but some restaurants may offer a sorbet version that can be eaten with a spoon. The fresh fruit used in the recipes makes paletas a better choice than overly sugared options, such as churros or flan.
The next time you visit a restaurant like Hacienda Restaurant, you'll know about the healthy options available to you.