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How to Eat Healthy at Mexican Restaurants


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How to Eat Healthy at Mexican Restaurants

Just the aroma of Mexican foods' spices can be both tantalizing and addictive. But frequently dining on Mexican food can be unhealthy because many dishes are loaded with cheeses and heavy sauces, are fried to oblivion, and full of fat. But this is not indicative of all Mexican food. There are many alternatives that provide the same crowd pleasing flavors loved by so many. By picking up a few tips, you can learn how to make healthy food choices at your favorite Mexican restaurant.

Step 1


Say no to the complimentary chips and salsa. It can be all too tempting to munch on freshly made tortilla chips and salsa while waiting for your entrée. But it's very easy to rack up a lot of calories eating chips before you even begin your meal. Most dishes in Mexican restaurants don't take that long to prepare, so maintain a little patience and save your appetite for your meal.

Step 2


Substitute items in dishes. A lot of Mexican food is prepared fried and riddled with fat. By making a few slight changes to your dish, you can still enjoy all the flavors of the cuisine but maintain a healthy diet. Opt for black beans or pinto beans instead of re-fried beans. Choose tacos with soft corn tortillas instead of hard fried shells. Select dishes that include grilled foods, like fajitas or fish, instead of fried entrees.

Step 3


Reduce your portion sizes. Mexican dishes are renowned for having large portions. You may be able to share a dish with a friend and still be completely satisfied. Or, when ordering your meal, ask the server to serve you have of the dish and put the rest in a to-go box for later.

Step 4


Avoid the extras. An assortment of side condiments that enhance the flavor of Mexican cuisine are usually offered at Mexican restaurants. But adding these extras can result in adding mounds of calories to your meal. Avoid adding any extra cheese, sour cream or guacamole to your dish. If your dish is a little dry, order salsa. Salsa contains no fat and has minimal calories.

Step 5


Skip the margaritas. A nice, cold margarita seems like the perfect drink to accompany a Mexican meal, but alcohol is full of empty calories. Why not save those calories for your meal? Instead, cold ice water or iced tea will do just fine to cool off your mouth from the heat of the jalapenos!

Tips and Warnings


Order dishes that include an array of peppers, onions and other veggies for better nutrition content. Choose dishes that feature chicken instead of beef.

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