The Healthiest Restaurant Mexican Food Options
If you think a night out at a Mexican restaurant will sabotage your healthy eating plan, think again! With a little knowledge and planning, there are plenty of options to choose from.
After playing around with their nutrition calculator, I found the most balanced option was a salad with lettuce, 1 serving of steak, black beans, green tomatilla salsa and fajita veggies.
Nutrition Info: Calories: 355; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 40 grams; Carbohydrates: 34 grams; Sodium: 975 milligrams
If you're in the mood for a taco, choose the soft corn tortilla and one protein (chicken, steak, barbacoa, or carnitas) and top with veggies (lettuce and fajita veggies) and your favorite salsa. This will give you a nutritious meal for around 400 calories.
Once again, you can use the handy nutrition calculator to carefully plan what you'll order before heading out. The trick is to order more veggies, which will add volume and additional nutrients to your dish.
Try the Burrito Bowl topped with chicken, shredded lettuce, black olives, grilled onion, mushrooms and peppers, cucumbers and pico de gallo.
Nutrition Info: Calories: 332 calories; Total Fat: 17 grams; Saturated fat: 2 grams; Protein: 27 grams; Carbohydrates: 16 grams; Sodium: 758 milligrams
It's tough to order just one taco at this well-known Mexican joint. To keep calories in check, order one Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco ( pictured above) and one Fresco Chicken Soft Taco.
Nutrition Info: Calories: 310 calories; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated fat: 2.5 grams; Protein: 22 grams; Carbohydrates: 37 grams; Sodium: 890 milligrams
Don't be fooled into ordering the regular salad; it'll cost you between 640 and 1370 calories! On the Lighter Menu, you can find the Grilled Chicken Salad made with cheese, tomatoes, black beans, corn relish and honey-lime vinaigrette. To shave off a few more calories and sodium, order the dressing on the side and only use half.
Nutrition Info: Calories: 430 calories; Total Fat: 23 grams; Saturated fat: 6 grams; Protein: 38 grams; Carbohydrates: 21 grams; Sodium: 1200 milligrams
You can easily chow down on two tacos for a reasonable amount of calories and fat. Order 2 Steak Tacos Al Carbon made with authentic corn tortillas and filled with carne asada steak, fresh cilantro, onion and a California chili sauce.
Nutrition Info: Calories: 300 calories; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated fat: 2 grams; Protein: 18 grams; Carbohydrates: 38 grams; Sodium: 680 milligrams
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »