Mexican Food That can Help you Lose Weight

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 10:25 AM

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Most Mexican food menus include a good combination of healthy proteins, good fats, and good sources of vitamins and carbohydrates. Throughout Mexican food history, most Mexican dishes have provided well-balanced nutrition to the body. Here are some of the best Mexican foods that can help you lose weight:
 
Low-fat Mexican food:
You can indulge in all types of Mexican delicacies as long as the amount of fat is controlled. Using low-fat milk, yogurt, or non-fat cooking methods is an excellent option. Whether it's breakfast recipes like jalapeno corn cakes, a Mexican omelet, or  huevos rancheros, regular milk can be substituted for low-fat milk. Oven roasting or microwave cooking with limited fat is recommended over frying the meat, tacos, or tortillas. Soft tacos and baked quesadillas are other healthy options. Desserts should be avoided or the ingredients should be replaced with low-fat ones.
 
Include healthy meat:
Meat is an excellent source of protein and fiber that helps you feel full for longer. However, to lose weight, one needs to ensure that the prepared meat or the process of cooking meat is healthy and includes low-fat ingredients. One should avoid ground beef, which has a high fat content, and instead use chicken. Lean ground beef, sirloin steak, skinless chicken, and salmon are some healthy options you can use to fill a burrito or a taco. Chicken fajita, grilled shrimp, and grilled fish are healthier options than a quesadilla, nachos, or carnitas.
 
Include lots of vegetables:
Mexican food recipes include rich combinations of raw and cooked foods. Reducing the quantity of fried or high-fat foods, like cheese and sour cream, and increasing the quantity of lettuce, tomatoes, beans, and corn may help you lose weight. Salads are excellent alternatives to desserts. No-cheese burritos and no-cheese fajitas are also good options to cut calorie intake.
 
Reduce portion size:
Mexican food can be very tasty and cause you to indulge in huge portions. It is important to chew slowly and reduce portion size, so you can lose weight without eliminating delicious foods. Desserts, if eaten, should be in small portions or with mixed fruits or nuts, to avoid loading up on fat.
 
Use fat free-dressing, dips, and toppings:
Avoid ordering sour cream or guacamole as a dip or toppings. A healthy alternative is salsa, which is rich in nutritions and makes a good appetizer. Avoid desserts with heavy cream and fat. Instead, replace them with tasty fruits and nuts.

 

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