With warmer weather upon us and extra hours of that much-needed daylight, this can only mean one thing: bathing suit season! But after another long winter, working from home for the past two years, some of us may have been lacking the motivation to work on our summer bodies. So how can you continue to enjoy your favorite foods and still be ready for that last-minute pool party invitation? Eat a taco (or any number of your beloved Mexican dishes)!
In Case You Didn’t Know, Tacos Can Be Healthy!
Tacos are the perfect food to make your own and that’s why mastering a recipe that provides the most nutritional value makes this delightful dish a win all the way around. There are three primary decisions you need to make when constructing the ideal taco: tortilla, filling, and garnish. And based on those choices, the taco can be one of your healthiest meals of the day. To build the most nourishing taco, avoid cheeses or sour cream, which can add unwanted saturated fat, and instead pile on the produce! Tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and spices are a great way to fill you up and add flavor to your taco all while avoiding those pesky added calories.
The Benefits Of Your Favorite Mexican Ingredients
While not all Mexican food is created equal, choosing the right items can be key in having a nutrient-dense meal that not only tastes good but is good for you! Listed below, we’ve outlined some favorite fixings to help you make a better choice for your heart and your waistline:
Lime – Excellent source of immunity-boosting vitamin C, as well as, contain an
Jalapeños/Hot Peppers – The heat derived from these peppers is capsaicin, which is a compound that can help lower your cholesterol and speed up your metabolism.
Avocados – Provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and eye-protective lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet.
Corn – This whole grain delivers a massive dose of fiber, so when given the option, opt for corn tortillas vs. its flour equivalent.
Beans – These are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which keeps you feeling fuller longer and helps lower cholesterol, and for our vegetarian/vegan friends, they are a great way to get in your much-needed protein and iron.
Beef/Chicken – Contains much-needed protein which is an essential macronutrient your body needs to build bone, muscle, and skin, among other uses.
The Original Grande Is Serving Your Favorite Mexican Food!
Stop by The Original Grande to fuel your inner fiesta and experience a delicious Mexican menu in the State of Kansas. Whether it’s something healthy you are craving or your favorite comfort food, we offer a variety of favorites including tacos, burritos, sanchos, enchiladas, and much more! Visit a location near you and see why people are saying “Viva Grande!”