Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ay Caramba! (Mexican Restaurant Quick Tip)

Who doesn't love Mexican food? With so much flavor in every dish, it's hard to avoid the craving for Mexican- and every once in a while, I definitely give in, but Mexican restaurants can be any health-conscious eater's worst nightmare with all of the empty carbs and fatty cheeses, but there are ways to stay healthy at the Mexican restaurant. For example, order a nice dry piece of grilled protein- and the best part of Mexican cuisine is that there are lots of sauces to choose from with tons of flavor, and not all of the are diet distasters! Here are my top tips on which to dip and which to ditch!

Pico De Gallo: Basically just a mix of Tomato, Onions, Cilantro, and some spices, you can't go wrong with some Pico De Gallo! Just ask to make sure it isn't laden with oil!

Verdict: Def. Dip!

Queso: Yikes. Any cheesy dip/sauce is bound to be a thick fatty mess. Any sauce that uses the word queso should definitely remain off limits:

Verdict: Ditch, and Fast!

Salsa: Again, salsa is usually safe! While it usually has a fair amount of sugar, it is low in calories and packs a good punch of flavor for the amount you actually end up using.

Verdict: Dip Away!

Guacamole: This one is debatable. Made almost entirely of avocado (and salsa, lime juice, veggies, etc. depending on the restaurant), guacamole is very high in fat and calories- but healthy fats, so if your diet allows you to indulge in these healthier fats, and then go for it, but if you're trying to keep a low-cal meal, then unfortunately, it will be hard to rock the guac.

Verdict: Indulge in moderation if you're prepared to pack on a few extra healthy calories. Pin It

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