Healthy Dishes to Order at a Mexican Restaurant

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You’re planning a trip to Mexico, which means you’re probably preparing your stomach (and wallet) for a handful of margaritas and your favorite Mexican dishes.

And while this holiday (which is also known as Battle of Puebla Day) isn’t actually celebrated very much in Mexico, it can be a fun time for honoring this culture and indulging in your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes.

However, if you’re a lover of this cuisine but are also trying to stick to specific health goals when you eat out, it can be helpful to know some healthier Mexican restaurant orders that won’t set you back on a night out.

Whether you’re in Mexico or any other country enjoying Mexican cuisine, there are some dietitian-recommended tips for helping you make healthier choices at your favorite restaurants.

“Ordering at a Mexican restaurant when you’re also trying to maintain a healthy diet can be intimidating—but it is not impossible,” says Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD at Balance One Supplements. “For example, some simple changes include opting for whole wheat options when available—like whole wheat tortillas—passing on the cheese and sour cream, and switching out calorie-dense queso for nutrient-dense guacamole.”

Along with these tips, Mary Sabat MS, RDN, LD, has a few suggestions for common Mexican restaurant orders that are on the healthier side, which you can keep in mind the next time you head to your favorite spot. While these dishes may not be deep-fried and lower in calories, sugar, and fat, they’re still loaded with tons of flavor.

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