Mexican food! It’s delicious and everyone loves it, but it can be a bit tricky to keep things on the lighter side when eating Mexican fare.
First up, here are some tips for eating a little healthier at Cinco De Mayo!
- Skip the chips — once you start in on the chips it’s really hard to stop.
- Skip the margaritas and sangria — both are usually made with mixes and contain a shocking amount of calories and sugar. Lighter options include tequila with fresh lime and soda water or a light Mexican beer.
- If you simply must have the chips or a sweet beverage, here’s a good rule of thumb. “Pick one and enjoy it, just don’t do both.”
- Go with guacamole instead of queso dip — You will be loading up on healthy fats rather than processed cheese.
- Share a dish. Mexican restaurants usually serve massive portions. Order something you really want and spilt it with a friend.
- When looking at the menu, look for items that are baked, steamed, roasted or grilled and skip things that say fried (fritos), crispy, creamy or stuffed, covered or smothered. Chimichangas, taquitos, gorditas and tostadas are all fried. Enchiladas, burritos and tacos aren’t usually fried.
- Ask for black beans as a side instead of refried beans. Or skip the beans entirely.
- Look for something with a grilled protein and lots of veggies — fajitas and salads are a good choice. Don't be afraid to special order.
- Keep it simple and stick with tacos. Grilled fish, shrimp or chicken tacos are great options. Pile on the lettuce, tomato and salsa and go easy on the cheese and sour cream.
- Avoid taco salads. They’re usually loaded with ground beef, cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips or served in a fried tortilla bowl. Ask for the salad without the tortilla strips and bowl, a grilled protein option, extra veggies, and pico de gallo or salsa for your dressing.
- Choose authentic corn tortillas over flour tortillas. They’re usually house-made without refined flour.
Here is a light and delish Mexican style dish that you can make at home! This would go great with my fish tacos!
Chef Krisi’s Jicama, Mango, Orange Salad!
- 1 Jicama, peeled and julienne (Krisi advises using a cuisinart)
- Zest of 1 orange
- Orange slices, chopped
- 3 small mangos, julienne
- 1 pinch of red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeno
- Chopped Cilantro
- Chopped chives
- Salt and pepper to taste
Sorry everyone, Chef Krisi never gives me an exact recipe!
You will have to wing it with the herbs, but this simple salad is guaranteed to be a hit!