Finding Healthier Alternatives

I recently received this question from

Q:  I have type 2 diabetes and love Mexican food.  Could you give me some tips on what to order at my favorite Mexican restaurant?

Breaking old habits can be difficult, but it is often necessary when you’re trying to plan a healthful diet.  You can still eat at your favorite restaurants as long as you learn to make healthier choices and practice portion control.

Many Mexican food selections are high in fat and carbohydrate, but following these simple tips will steer you toward some healthier choices:

◊  Make sure that the items you order are grilled or baked rather than fried.

◊  Lower the carb count of your meal by cutting at least one major carbohydrate item out of your meal.  For example, order your burrito without a tortilla or order your meal with no rice.

  Avoid high fat toppings like cheese and sour cream.  

Some healthier menu items include salsa, guacamole, black beans, grilled chicken or fish, and fresh salads (get the dressing on the side!).


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