Flavorful foods from south of the border can fit into your healthy lifestyle. Mexican restaurants typically have a variety of options that won't expand your waistline if you know what to choose.
- Ask the server to bring steamed corn tortillas to nibble on before dinner.
- Order soft tacos, burritos, or fajitas, all of which are made with steamed tortillas -- or go one step further and order corn tortillas instead.
- Order corn tortillas or corn tostadas, which are lower in calories than those made from flour.
- "Ranchero" or "cholesterol-free" beans. Add salsa for extra flavor.
- Ask to have sour cream and guacamole to be served on the side.
- Chicken enchilada with no cheese on top.
- Fish and chicken Mexican style.
- Dishes full of vegetables, such as a taco salad or tostada.
- Tortilla chips.
- Fried tortillas or tostadas, whether they're flour or corn. Tostadas are usually made with a fried corn tortilla; chimichangas are made with a fried flour tortilla.
- Flour tortillas.
- Refried beans, which are made with lard (high in saturated fat and cholesterol).
- Dishes where sour cream and guacamole are a major component and can't be served on the side.
- Beef or cheese enchiladas with cheese melted on top.
- Sauce-and-cheese-smothered enchiladas or deep-fried chili rellenos.
- The fried flour tortilla "bowl" of the taco salad and the fried corn tortilla of the tostada.