I find that I hardly ever go out to eat anymore due to my recent experience and amazing results with the Beachbody Ultimate Reset.  My eating habits have totally changed after the incredible 21 day program.  However, I find many opportunities to go out to eat with friends and having to make spur of the moment decisions to choose items on the menu that are “healthy” choice.  If you are committed to eating healthy and losing weight, there are choices you can make when dining out.  Whether you have a job that involves wining and dining clients or when your family wants to go out to eat and you simply don’t feel like cooking, restaurant eating can add inches to your waistline.  Check out these tips when you are eating out.  This week, I’ll give you some pointers when you dine out at a Mexican restaurant.

First, let’s look at what is good and healthy about Mexican food.

-With Mexican cuisine there is a good selection of vitamin rich foods along with high-fiber vegetarian items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, let’s look at what to avoid.

Rule #1 – avoid the tortilla chips like the plague – they may be free but they are not fat free.  Any kind of chips that are deep fried in fat are not the choice you want.

Rule #2 – avoid refried beans – they aren’t cooked just once in lard, but twice.  There are beans that are great for you, just not refried beans.

Rule #3 – “this one is hardest for me to avoid” – avoid the Queso, hence the “cheese”.  Dairy is difficult for your body to digest and it simply adds fat to your diet.

Here are the “Do’s” when dining in Mexican restaurants.

-Instead of tortilla chips, go with plain, fresh tortillas to dip in the salsa at your table. Most restaurants will provide a tortilla warmer full of fresh tortillas free.  Also, corn tortillas contain less fat than flour ones, but both are still good alternatives to fried chips.

-House made salsa is so good for you! Load up your tacos, burritos, tortillas, or fajitas with salsa instead of sour cream and high-fat alternatives. Not only is salsa fat-free, it’s also full of vitamins.

-Order the black beans if they are available.  Not only are black beans low in fat, they are high in fiber and protein. Ask for black beans instead of refried beans which are fried in lard or some other type of fat.

-Have you had a burrito lately?  Fill your burrito with fajita chicken or beef, black beans or rice instead of refried beans.  When is the last time you went to Chipolte?  Just thinking about a burrito from there makes me hungry.

-Fajitas are a good choice.  The reason fajitas are a good choice is that you can build them yourself, fill them with vegetables and salsa and avoid the high fat items like cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

-Go vegetarian with whole bean and rice dishes which helps you load up on fiber and other nutrients.  You can be heavy on the salsa too with these dishes.

Understanding how to make smart menu substitutions is one of the wisest things you can do.

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