Healthier choices include chicken fajitas , bean burritos, grilled chicken dishes with peppers and onions (hold the cheese !), or a soft taco. Choose soft over crunchy. The crunchy dishes on the menu are likely to be fried and full of fat. 1 Ask your waiter not to bring pre-meal chips and salsa.
Some good Mexican restaurant choices would be: Soft chicken or fish tacos, go easy on the cheese, hold the sour cream . Chicken or veggie whole bean burrito, easy on the guac and cheese, hold the sour cream . Chicken Mole with rice and whole beans. Grilled shrimp with lime and Chili Verde.
Go for the Grill Grilled proteins are typically some of the lowest-calorie foods at a Mexican restaurant, as long as they’re paired with smart side dishes. Choose grilled seafood, chicken or steak with a side of black beans or grilled or sauteed vegetables.
Mix and match healthy options like grilled meat (chicken, fish, shrimp), ceviche (raw seafood marinated in lemon or lime juice and other seasonings), black beans, brown rice, avocado salad, sautéed veggies, or tortilla soup.
Mexican food has a reputation of adding to weight gain . That reputation is correct, if you pile on the fatty meats, cheeses, sauces, and eat lots of chips and guacamole. But Mexican food can actually help you lose weight .
3 MyWW points
2 Ww Points
Fresh fruit: All fresh fruits on the WW diet have zero points , including apricots, apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries , blueberries, watermelon, plums, pineapple and grapes. Canned fruit in its own juice also has zero points , along with frozen fruit without added sugar.
Fajitas served with chicken and corn tortillas are another good choice because they contain more fiber than white flour tortillas. Ceviches, soft tacos, bean burritos, and rice can be delicious and healthy . Avoid dishes that are deep fried (usually crispy items) and loaded with cheese and sour cream.
As with McDonalds, a standard hamburger comes out as one of your lowest calorie choices, or if you’re a chicken fan, you could go for the 210 calorie crispy chicken salad. On the side, Burger King now also offers apple fries, which contain just 30 calories and give you a bonus serving of fruit.
Calories in Chicken Fajitas (no tortilla)
|Total Carbohydrate||14.3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3.3 g|
“Traditional food that’s served in Mexico today (especially in Mexico City) generally isn’t that healthy ,” says Wilson. “Most things are pork-based, with vegetables cooked in lard. But if you take a step back through history to before the Spanish arrived, the Mexican diet was largely plant and grain based.
Tacos have built-in portion control. They’re smaller than most of the other things on the menu, so you can keep calories in check. Order the grilled chicken, lean steak, or grilled fish on a baked corn tortilla. Those have 70% more fiber and less than half the fat of their white flour counterparts.
If you’re looking for the healthier option, corn tortillas outshine their flour alternative. Corn tortillas deliver fiber, whole grains , and other nutrients while being lower in fat and calories than flour tortillas. 100% corn tortillas are also safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.