Mexican restaurants don't have a knack for being healthy. Once seated, you're immediately greeted with an unlimited supply of chips and salsa, followed by a menu of cheese, refried beans and margaritas.
Nothing about this even comes close to saying "healthy." Luckily, there are some items on the menu that won't send your arteries into overdrive — and no, you don't need to order a side of lettuce and tomatoes only. Let's look at some foolproof ways for healthy eating at a Mexican restaurant.
We know — the chips and salsa are good, but you can easily eat more than 1,000 calories without even batting an eye. Chips are addicting in the sense that if you eat one, and there just so happens to a never-ending basket in front of you, you're not going to be able to stop. Avoid them altogether and consider asking the waiter not to bring them — as long as the rest of your party doesn't mind.
Mexican restaurants always have an array 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!
Skip the refried beans and rice. They're really just fillers 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 and easy on the cheese and 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 naturally good for your body.
Typically, it's best to avoid alcohol altogether since it's loaded with sugar and calories and has a tendency to make us not care about healthy eating anymore. If you must drink, though, indulge in a light beer, glass of wine or skinny margarita. Ask the waiter which drinks have the lowest number of calories and go from there. Also, try to resist the urge to order more than one drink. It adds too many calories to the already fattening meal and ups your bill.
By utilizing these tips next time you find yourself at a Mexican restaurant, you'll be certain to leave feeling healthier, full and satisfied!
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