Last week I was on vacation in Mexico. It was great being away from the snow for a week, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying delicious Mexican cuisine. Many typical Mexican dishes in the States aren’t so good for your waistline — fried tacos, enchiladas, overstuffed burritos, sodium and fat laden refried beans, sour cream on the side of almost everything…the list goes on. In reality, Mexican food isn’t all that bad for you, at least not in Mexico.
Real Mexican dishes contain ingredients brimming with nutrients, including avocados, chili peppers, beans, salsa, and corn. They also cook a lot of fresh fish in Mexico, which is wonderful. Of course they have their fair share of pork and beef, but as always, balance is the key. Here are some pictures of the food my husband and I had while we were away:
Guacamole served with an assortment of add-ins on the side, including tomatoes, cheese, and crickets! (Don’t worry – we didn’t eat those!):
Grouper and cheese quesadillas served with guacamole, salsa, chili pepper sauce, and black beans:
Tortilla soup (made with vegetable broth, tomatoes, avocados, tortilla strips):
We also tried some new foods while we were there, including epazote, a Mexican herb, and huitlacoche, which comes from corn and has been called the “Mexican truffle.”
Do you like Mexican food? What are some of your healthy Mexican favorites?