The holiday season is often filled with the three F’s – family, friends and food. But from this awesome trio, you’d only want the heaps of laughter and wonderful memories to carry you into 2015 and not the extra pounds from all the eating out. But instead of skipping your restaurant dates (don’t be a snob) or completely tossing your fitness goals aside this season, simply make mindful choices to stay on the healthy track. Here’s how to navigate the menus and make healthy choices at your favourite dining destinations.
Mexican food is often rich and cheesy – a total diet land mine if you choose to indulge in the house specials.
When dining at a Mexican restaurant, ask the server to hold the nachos and salsa. Munching on these greasy carbs while you wait for your entrées is a diet pitfall. If you want an appetizer, ask for ceviche – fresh seafood (usually fish) marinated in citrus juice. For your main course, go for lean proteins like grilled chicken or fish. Instead of a burrito filled with rice, or crispy tacos with a fried shell, enjoy your protein with spicy fajitas, which are served with steamed tortillas and grilled peppers and onions. You can also save lots of calories by choosing your dressing wisely. Trade full-fat sour cream and high fat cheeses like cheddar for fresh salsa, pico de gallo, chopped cilantro and jalapeño peppers. They add so much flavour without the overabundance of calories.