Eating healthy is not always easy, especially when dining out. Combine dining out with going to a Mexican restaurant and you may find yourself in a total jam. There are so many tasty dishes and desserts on the menu but few that are healthy. So what should you choose and what should you steer clear of? Let me help you to navigate the Mexican menu and stay slim and on track to your goals. With pre planning and the right mindset you can make the best choices.
1. Steer Clear of the Chips
Eyeing the in-house made tortilla chips just set on the table and ready to dig in? Think twice because these are fried and never ending. Once you finish a bowl, the server will immediately bring you more. And you can easily have an extra 900-1000 calories when combined with salsa in almost no time. So skip the chips and save room for the meal!
2. Drink Healthily
Sometimes avoiding alcohol is the easiest way to save calories and save your waistline. But if you are out in a group and really want a drink, indulge in a light beer, glass of wine or light drink.You can always ask the waiter for the skinny drinks on the menu. And stick to one drink max; more than this will break your diet, while racking up your bill!
3. Choose Grilled Meals
Mexican restaurants always have a variety of healthy, grilled options — including fish, fajitas, chicken and beef. This is significantly healthier than anything that's fried or breaded. Order the items without the tortillas or with them on the side. Flavor the dish with grilled onions, grilled peppers and, of course, salsa! And enjoy your Mexican meal guilt free!
4. Choose Healthy Sides
Ditch the refried beans and rice. They're really just calorie additions and can add up to 1,500 calories to your meal. Order black beans instead of refried and corn instead of rice. Another healthy option is a side salad — but make sure to get low-fat dressing without cheese or croutons. Remember, you can always add salsa to the corn and beans to spice it up or use it as a salad dressing. Mexican salsas are always fresh and better for your body.
5. Avoid Anything Deep Fried
Avoid ordering anything fried; even just a portion of a fried appetizer can sabotage your meal with excess calories and also have you feeling bloated the next day. So choose grilled and steer clear of the deep fried delights or you will not be delighted when you are bloated the next day!
6. Choose Soft Tacos Instead of Hard
Soft tacos are flour tacos that are much healthier than the hard tacos, since the hard ones are fried. So if you want to have a taco with your fajita, just choose the soft!
7. Skip Dessert
As much as you want the grilled apple cobbler with a scoop of ice cream, served on a sizzling skillet, this will end your Mexican meal out on a high calorie and sugary note. Leave feeling less bloated and have a fresh fruit salad at home. You can save over 400 calories and your waistline will thank you when you are feeling less bloated the next day from dining out!
So there you have it; the easy and healthy way to navigate the Mexican restaurant in a healthier way! What is your favorite Mexican meal?