Throughout my pregnancy, I was an avid fan of Mexican food and ate it nearly every day. Which could possibly have something to do with the fact that I gained over 50 pounds during my pregnancy term. However, there are healthy options when you’re dining out at a Mexican restaurant and here are some of my favorite healthy dishes.
Whenever I’m out at a Mexican restaurant, I tend to gravitate to fajitas because they’re full of protein and fresh vegetables. I usually exclude the flour tortillas and opt for corn tortillas, or no tortillas altogether. I also get rid of the sour cream and primarily top it with fresh salsa or guacamole.
I don’t know about you, but whenever a bowl of guacamole and chips are in front of me I end up mindlessly consuming them all…in one sitting. A good way of keeping this under control is to order a small side of guacamole (rather than a giant bowl) with another side of black beans. The fiber in the black beans will help keep you full, while taking in some good healthy fats from the avocado.
Most Mexican restaurants have some sort of salad option, which is usually filled with fresh vegetables that will help you get some of your micro-nutrients in. A trick for keeping this under control is to ask for dressing on the side, and top your salad with salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Many salad dressings at restaurants are packed with calories and extra fat that you don’t need.
Ceviche is one of my all time favorites because it’s essentially just fresh fish, lime juice, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. This is a great option that is not only high in protein, but low in fat.
Street-style tacos are great because they mainly come with a protein of some sort on top of small corn tortillas with onions, lime, and cilantro. The ingredients are minimal, and straight to the point. I also have a healthy fish taco and Chipotle – style burrito bowl recipe in the Body By Lynsee app!
Restaurant margaritas are usually made with high sugar mixes or simple syrup (sugar and water), so an alternative for this is to look for a “skinny margarita” on the menu. Most restaurants usually have a healthier option for margaritas, but if you can’t find one then ask for an original margarita with no simple syrup. The bartender should be able to make a margarita with tequila, lime juice, agave/honey, and a splash of club soda.
Therefore, there are great healthier alternatives when ordering out at a Mexican restaurant. You just have to be aware of them! For more healthy recipes, download the #BodyByLynsee app.