Mar 24 2014

How to Eat a Taco

Two Soft Tacos

Three Crisp Tacos

Mexican-flavored foods are a big hit with families and they can be very nutritious if you follow a few strategies:

  1. Keep the portion of ground beef and grated cheese moderate and load up on salsa, lettuce, and tomato.
  2. When making tacos try using ground turkey instead of ground beef, and try vegetable burger ( called crumbles) in the frozen food case at least once to see if you like it.
  3. Use only 16 ounces of ground meat to serve four diners and make sure you drain off as much fat as you can before adding seasoning mix or serving.
  4. Try  adding a can of rinsed kidney beans or refried beans into the meat mixture to boost fiber and replace some of the meat.
  5. Both crisp and soft tacos shells can fit on a healthy diet. Each small crisp taco shell (as pictured here) has 50 calories or 150 calories for three shells. The small soft tacos ( pictured here) each carry 80 calories, or 160 calories for two.

To balance the plate serve with  corn, vegetable salad and lots of chopped tomato and lettuce.  Skip the sour cream but include avocado or homemade guacamole if your family likes it.



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