Eating At Mexican Restaurants While Dieting

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Just because you're on a diet it doesn't mean that you need to avoid eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Yes, many Mexican dishes are made using fried tortilla shells, rice, and cheese, but it is possible for you to enjoy dining at your favorite restaurant without breaking your diet. Check out these tips to learn how to make healthy eating choices at Mexican restaurants.

Order Soup

Order soup as a starter so that you're less likely to consume larger portions of food during the main course. Gazpacho soup can be a good option. It's a cold soup that's made with a mixture of different vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers. However, depending on how gazpacho soup is made, it can have as few as 46 calories or as many as 390 calories. Gazpacho that has an avocado or olive oil base has more calories than tomato-based gazpacho. Alternatively, you could order albondigas soup, which typically has about 220 calories per cup, or pork pozole, which averages about 150 calories per cup.

Don't Eat Chips

Many Mexican restaurants deliver a basket filled with chips and salsa to diners after they sit down. However, if you're trying to stick to your diet, you'll want to avoid the chips, because they are typically fried. If you have a chips-and-salsa craving that can't be avoided, ask your server if the restaurant offers whole-grain tortilla chips. If it doesn't, ask for a some soft tortilla shells. Then, spread salsa over the shells. While flour tortilla shells aren't the best option, they are a better option than fried tortilla chips.

Order Chicken Fajitas

At around 390 calories, chicken fajitas is one of the healthiest Mexican dishes that you can order. Chicken fajitas are made using a lot of vegetables, and served with flour tortillas on the side. Unfortunately, consuming just two of the flour tortillas with the chicken and vegetable mixture adds approximately 240 calories to your meal. So, instead of eating your chicken fajitas wrapped in flour tortillas, ask your server to bring you a side of lettuce leaves. Then, wrap your chicken fajitas in lettuce instead of the flour tortillas. Also, instead of loading the fajitas with sour cream, pack on the salsa to avoid extra calories.

There's no reason that you can't enjoy eating at Mexican restaurants while you're on a diet. Instead of avoiding your favorite Mexican eatery, order healthier versions of your favorite Mexican dishes, order dishes that are filled with a lot of vegetables, and stay away from dishes that include fried foods. If you're looking for food other than Mexican, check with other restaurants in your area to see what healthy alternatives they have available.

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