#tacotuesday is all the rage on social media. And today’s guest post from Michelle Cady will teach you how to healthify Taco Tuesday, guacamole included!
My birthday is on Cinco de Mayo and over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of too many margaritas and tummy-aches from an unlimited bowl of chips. I’ve learned some lessons along the way and I’m here to tell you what I tell all my health coaching clients, Americanized Mexican food can be surprisingly healthy if you follow these guidelines.
How to Healthify Taco Tuesday, Guacamole Included
In the Green, go with:
- Green Salad Base
- Naturally-raised Meat (Pollo, Carnitas, etc).
- More Guacamole 😉
In the Red, skip the:
- Taco Shells
- Sour Cream
- Queso Dip
- Frozen Margaritas
Now let’s talk about bending the rules.
In the Yellow, try these tweaks:
- Count ten chips out on your personal plate and enjoy them slowly, paired with unlimited guacamole.
- Make your marg a “skinny margarita, with a salted rim” for less sugar or opt for a low calorie Mexican beer.
- Craving Tacos? Order two, and just eat the fillings OR peel the tortilla in half and just enjoy half of the shell.
- Add lime slices to your water to stay hydrated and alternate every alcoholic beverage with two glasses of water or seltzer water with several limes.
- At restaurants, you can often make substitutions, say “instead of the cheese on that, can I have extra lettuce / tomatoes?”
- If you’re being carb-conscious, skip the chips and ask for veggie slices to pair with your guac or salsa.
- If beans bog down your digestion, try taking a digestive enzyme 20 minutes before your meal.
- When you think Guacamole = think avocado. That’s good for you! But woah does it fill you up, like this article describes here. Order a lighter meal, like a taco or two, if you know you’ll be dipping into the guac first as your appetizer.
My health coaching clients start salivating when I refer them to places like Dos Toros in New York City that pride themselves on well-sourced and natural ingredients. They are relieved that they can still swing by Chipotle in a pinch.
The key is to have a game plan in place before you order, to not get swayed by the tempting call of cheese or chips.
And remember, when in doubt, GUAC IT OUT.
Watch the “Guac It Out” Dos Toros video for all the taco fun!
¡Salud! Have a skinny marg (or guacamole) for me next time you hit up your favorite taco joint and enjoy your healthified summer festivities!
Michelle Cady is the founder of FitVista, a career-changer and a health coach. She works with my driven and high-achieving clients to optimize their nutrition, fitness and wellness, with a focus on stress-management and self-care.
She lives in NYC and offers the following services to private clients on a referral-only basis: personalized nutrition health coaching programs (virtually or via phone), personal training in New York City and one-on-one outdoor running coaching. She’s a nut about education, and helps her clients be happier, healthier and make smart choices about their nutrition and fitness.