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Tips for Healthier Mexican Cuisine

If you've revolved to eat healthier this year, you might thin you'll need to avoid Mexican cuisine all together—some dishes can be a little on the greasy side, after all. Don't despair; you don't have to give up your tacos and burritos if you follow these tips for making your Mexican cuisine healthier. You can keep your health goals in sight while enjoying delicious, flavorful home cooking. Try these simple tips to make those Mexican meals less fattening and more nutritious.

Nix the Lard. Lard, a grease made from animal fat that's used for cooking, is high in cholesterol and not very healthy. Try another oil such as sunflower oil or canola oil, and use as little as possible.

Choose Tortillas Wisely. Whole wheat tortillas made from whole grains are a healthy choice for burritos and quesadillas. Even corn tortillas can be made more healthy by steaming them instead of frying.

Pile on the Beans. Black beans and dark red kidney beans are nutritious and vitamin-rich. Use them in your Mexican cuisine to add filling protein and fiber to tacos, nachos, salads, dips, burritos, and more.

Use More Vegetables. Mexican cuisine offers many opportunities for incorporating more vegetables into your diet. Use fresh herbs and veggies on burritos, tacos, fajitas, sandwiches, and more.

Cut Back on the Cheese. Use cheese in moderation. Adding salsa or other low fat sauces can make up for the reduction in cheese.

Eat Smaller Portions. Instead of heaping piles of food onto a giant plate, enjoy your Mexican favorites in smaller portions. Don't skimp on the healthy stuff—pile it on; just cut down on the portion size when it comes to the super cheesy enchiladas!

By following these easy tips, you can feel good about enjoying Mexican cuisine more often!