You love TexMex, but you’re afraid the sizzlin’ and Salsa aren’t going to jive with your healthy diet. Don’t fret and don’t forego this famous fusion of Mexican and American amazement! A few simple modifications are all it takes to turn your favorite TexMex into healthy food that won’t contradict your healthy criteria.
Hold The Beef
Fortunately, TexMex is totally versatile and you can substitute chicken, fish or even turkey for the beef, which isn’t the healthiest option for everyone. With the right spices and flavorings, such as Cilantro, lime juice, Cayenne pepper, oregano and onion, your options for taste are unlimited, meaning you can create the dish of your dreams without disrespecting the doctor’s orders.
Skip The Mountain Of Cheese
While cheese can really top off a great TexMex creation, it might be on your naughty food list. If so, you want to sprinkle it on lightly or avoid it all together. Sour cream, if you like it, has phosphorus, calcium and more benefits, but it may not be the best if you have high cholesterol; thus, moderation is key.
Opt For Soft Tortillas
Soft tortillas aren’t deep fried, so they’re much healthier for you. Also, if you’re itching for TexMex cuisine, but sticking to a gluten-free regimen, simply use the corn tortillas over the flour version.
Try A TexMex Soup
Black bean soup will fill you up and warm you up, without unhealthy fats, sodium and other infamous contributions. It’s easy to make yourself and offered at every authentic restaurant. Beans are really good for you, especially in soup and if you’re making it at home, you could add so many delicious touches that leave you very satisfied, such as celery or avocado. To make the soup even more bueno, it tastes even better reheated – so cook up plenty!
Find A Genuine TexMex Cuisine Eatery
Don’t be afraid to sit down at a TexMex restaurant and ask for things to be made especially for you. Even fast-food restaurants can whip you up a few items that don’t have as many unhealthy elements, making them more feasible for you. TexMex starts with such tasty basics, you can modify traditional recipes easily.
Use The Oven Instead Of A Frying Pan
Anything you bake, steam or simmer is going to be healthier than frying in oil and many TexMex favorites can easily be adapted. For example, baked fish makes for an amazing taco filling; start with tilapia, add peppers of your favorite variety, a few mango slices and drizzle with olive oil…Yummy, without the guilt!
Serve Tons Of Add-Your-Own Veggies
You can make the best TexMex even better by creating a buffet-style line up of different veggies, accompanied by variations of simple dips that are healthy and choice simmered meats. When you allow people to create their own dish, they end up with something they love even more. It’s also a smart way to get kids to consume more vegetables and in greater variety.
Experiment With Chile Verde
Traditionally, Chile Verde consists of a host of green chilies, with garlic, onions, pepper and more added to spice up the famous dish, but you can experiment with your own version, too. It’s a healthy TexMex dish to start with, so tossing in your favorite vegetables and roasted meat, such as pork or beef, along with the spices that please your palate should result in an amazing, albeit non-traditional meal.
Limit Portion Sizes
TexMex includes a nearly endless variety of choices, from fajitas to enchilada casserole, filled with your favorite fixins’ and most are considered fairly healthy, but if the ones you love the most aren’t recommended by your doctor, enjoy them occasionally and in moderation.
It can be really hard to control yourself in the face of such culinary magic, but adding a glass of water to the table may help you keep things under control. You’ll likely need the water if your food is spicy, but it can really help curb the appetite keeping you on your best behavior; maybe.
Don’t avoid your favorite TexMex delights over diet conflicts, change them up a little instead. Nobody should be deprived of these delicious dishes.