While traditional Mexican dishes are actually quite healthy, Mexican restaurants in the United States are notorious for serving items that are loaded with cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salt. While the most unhealthy items on the menu at Mexican restaurants are usually relatively easy to identify, some healthy looking options are actually loaded with fat and calories. In this article, you’ll find some examples of some of the worst items you can choose for entrees at a Mexican restaurant. Skip these items to maintain good health and avoid an expanding waistline!
Chicken quesadillas are notorious for being loaded with fat and calories. Though the two main ingredients, the chicken and the tortilla, are relatively healthy, it is the additions that make this entree especially bad for you. Quesadillas are traditionally loaded with cheese, which is high is saturated fat and salt. In addition, most quesadillas contain a spicy sauce, which is loaded with salt and will make you feel bloated and full (and not in a good way).
Finally, most chicken quesadillas come with a side of guacamole and sour cream. Guacamole is made from avocados, which contain healthy fats that can actually be important for heart health and the prevention of certain other diseases such as strokes and cancer. However, most guacamole served in restaurants is delivered in such huge portions that you’ll easily consume way too many calories just from this dip alone. While sour cream does contain calcium, the amount of fat and calories is so large that it outweighs any healthy components.
Instead of ordering a chicken quesadilla, order chicken fajitas. The meat is typically the same in both of these entrees–the only difference is fajitas contain lots of vegetables and salsa instead of cheese and guacamole. Your waistline will thank you.
This entree is sneaky because it tricks you into thinking you are actually ordering something healthy. Hey, it’s a salad, it’s got to be good for you, right? Wrong. Taco salad typically comes in a fried tortilla shell, which is loaded with fat and calories. Next, most taco salads contain hamburger meat, with tons of taco seasonings–which can lead to high blood pressure and bloating.
As with the chicken quesadillas described above, most taco salads come with generous helpings of sour cream, cheese, and guacamole (all no-nos). If you are really craving a taco salad, you can ask your server to change it to make it healthier. Start by requesting that your salad be served in a large bowl instead of the traditional taco shell. Next, ask your server if the kitchen staff can place the cheese, guacamole, and sour cream in small dishes served on the side (or skip them altogether). This way, you can add a small amount of these items, and get the flavor without sabotaging your health. Most restaurants will be happy to do whatever you request of them.