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Here are my top 5 tips to indulge in a healthier fiesta.

1. Let’s Taco ‘Bout Balance.

A balanced taco means it has complex carbs, good quality protein and healthy fats as well as some color to round it out! Use the graphic above for some ideas.

Tacos can be a better choice than many of the cheese-drowned enchiladas or chimichangas. Best choices would be shredded chicken, grass-fed meats, fish or shrimp. You can also skip the meat altogether and opt for beans, organic tofu and additional vegetables.

Many Mexican restaurants offer fajitas with bell peppers, onions and protein of choice. Fish tacos are becoming increasingly popular options and are often filled with fresh cabbage or jicama slaws. I generally skip fried varieties. Fresh avocado or guacamole and/or extra salsa can be a satisfying and hearty topping. If you are avoiding gluten, inquire about corn tortillas or I have recently found restaurants offering “keto” tacos with a lettuce shell if you are into that. Many grocery stores also carry almond flour, coconut flour or plantain wraps! 

2. Easy on the chips.

With bottomless refills of the chip basket at many Mexican restaurants, many people tend to eat a lot more than they think, especially if you are hungry and snacking while waiting on the main dish.

Staying home? Find a non-GMO, organic corn chip or grain free option such as Siete Foods Grain Free Tortilla Chips. You could also moderate intake by placing a few chips on a napkin or plate and not reaching for seconds, thirds, or fourth helpings! The salsa is generally a healthy choice but if you prefer another “dipping option”, skip the queso and opt for fresh guacamole instead!

3. Celebrate in Color.

No matter what type of dish you decide on, make it colorful! 

4. Tacos + Tequila = a Perfect Combo. Planning to indulge? 

Skip the pre-made mixes and whip up one of your own. Here are a few of my personal favorites (click each picture to go to recipe);

 5. Most importantly, enjoy your meal and your company!

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