If you love to eat at Latin restaurants or if you love to cook Latin recipes, it can seem really difficult to eat the food you love without putting on the pounds. All those beans, rice, cheeses, and fried goodies just don’t feel as good when they’re sitting in our bodies as they do when they’re being forked into our mouths. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of ways that you can cut the calories and still eat the food you love. Here is how to make healthy food choices when eating at a Latin restaurant.
- Avoid ordering fried foods. It may be very difficult with all the tortilla chips, chimichangas, and rolled tacos that you’re looking at on the menu, but you want to avoid all the items on the menu that are deep fried. Deep fried foods are filled with oils, – those oils are often rancid before they even get to the fryer – and they will fill your body with saturated fat. Having a few tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole isn’t such a big deal, but try to take it easy if you can.
- Don’t order anything that is too heavy on the cheese. There are a lot of menu items you’ll find in Latin restaurants that are filled with cheese, like quesadillas, enchiladas, chile rellenos, and much much more. If you are trying to make healthier choices, then you want to make sure that you don’t order any items that are going to be filled with cheese. You also want to ask if your meal will be coming with sour cream. If it is, you may want to ask if they can keep it off, or just scoop it off to the side yourself.
- Take a look at the seafood options. Oftentimes you’ll find that there is a wonderful seafood menu within most Latin restaurants. Many Latin countries are located on the coast, and thus, offer really great seafood options, like roasted prawns, ceviche, shrimp, and more. This is a great way to get the protein you need in a gourmet meal, without all the fat.
- Order whole beans, rather than refried beans. One of the easiest ways to take the fat out of your meal is by ordering whole beans, because they’re not fried, and you know that they’re not cooked in lard. A lot of the time, refried beans are blended with lard to give them more flavor. Unfortunately, it also makes them a lot more fattening. You can also opt for black beans rather than pinto beans, for a choice that’s full of flavor and protein without all the fat.
- Stick with corn tortillas, rather than flour tortillas. At the Latin Pig, you can also cut out a lot of fat by making sure that you order your meals with corn tortillas, because they won’t break down quite so directly into sugar. Flour tortillas are much more fattening, and they are not as nutritious. Corn tortillas also tend to be a lot smaller, so that will naturally cut out a lot of the calories as well.