Who doesn’t love tacos? They’re tasty, endlessly customizable, and easy to eat, but you may be a little concerned about how to fit them into a healthy diet. Here at Wellhaus, we believe that it’s possible to eat foods that you love without compromising nutrition and nourishment. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks so that when Taco Tuesday rolls around each week and you are contemplating what to eat, you can enjoy your tacos without restriction!
FILL HALF YOUR PLATE WITH VEGGIES
No matter what you are eating on Taco Tuesday, make it a point to fill half of your plate with veggies. These fiber-filled veggies will keep you more full for a longer time, allowing you to have more control over the other foods you are incorporating into your meal.
MAKE YOUR OWN SALSA
Often prepared salsa sold in stores can contain extra sugar, salt, and other additives. By making your own salsa you will not only be saving money, but you will know exactly what is going into the salsa you are enjoying. Making your own salsa is incredibly quick and easy and there are countless possibilities of flavor combos. Not to mention the benefits of lycopene in tomatoes that helps protect our cells from ultraviolet rays of the sun. Try out these homemade salsa recipes:
Homemade Salsa by Love & Lemons
Fresh Peach Salsa by The Kitchen Girl
Tomato Black Bean Salsa by Taste of Home
SWAP YOUR SHELL
Sub your hard and soft taco shells for lower calorie options such as bell pepper boats, stuffed sweet potatoes, or lettuce cups. You could also go shell-less and turn your tacos into a taco salad or burrito bowl. The options are endless! Check out this awesome Taco-Stuffed Zucchini by Carolyn Casner from EatingWell or this Easy Healthy Taco Salad by Maya Krampf from WholesomeYum for another lower-calorie, veggie-filled option.
USE YOUR OVEN
Did you know that most taco shells and tortilla chips are fried? Tortilla chips might just be one of the best parts of Taco Tuesday, so instead of giving them up, rethink the way you make them. Make homemade tortilla chips using your oven! They’re super easy, cost-effective, and will pair perfectly with homemade guacamole or salsa. Give these Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips by London Brazil from Evolving Table a try.
GO EASY ON THE DAIRY
When you’re building your taco, cheese and sour cream are probably some of the first ingredients that come to mind. While there’s no need to completely cut dairy out of your meal, being mindful of how much dairy you are consuming can certainly go a long way. Try to go light on the cheese, and think about reaching for mozzarella, which is lower in fat than other varieties. You can also use avocado with lemon instead of sour cream to get that same creamy effect.
The beauty of Taco Tuesday is that the options are truly endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what combinations work for you and fit into your lifestyle and goals. What’s your favorite healthy Taco Tuesday hack? Let us know!