Jan 13, 2010
How to Eat Low Carb at a Mexican Restraunt
First of all I've decided to post my weekly meals and snacks at the end of the week instead of everyday. This will be easier for me for sure, but also give a nice summary of the week for everyone to kind of go through quickly, instead of looking at 7 different posts to get some ideas.
Now, I have a Mexican food themed night with my social group and of course, i'm thinking to myself..."What will I be able to eat?" or a bigger question "What can I bring that is low carb?"
You may think that doing low carb means basically ruling out Mexican food altogether. Well, it does probably mean ruling out Taco Bell...haha! But going to a Mexican restraunt is certainly not offlimits to the low carber. There IS more to Mexican food than tortillas, beans, and rice.
Here's a list of Mexican menu items that are acceptable for the low carber:
Guacamole and Queso-No chips of course, but ask for some veggie slices or jicama slices to dip.
Ceviche (one of my absolute favorites!)
Fajitas: No tortillas, but ask for extra peppers and onions and pile on the lettuce, guac, and sour cream baby! Oh, you may not be up for this if your a newbie, but I actually take 1 or 2 low carb tortillas into the restraunt in my purse. No one ever notices. Hey, you gotta do whatcha gotta do right!
Tostada Salads-Skip out on the shell
Seafoods and Grilled Meats(Carne Asada)- Ask for veggie sides
And your welcome to eat tacos, burritos, quesadillas,taquitos-BUT JUST THE FILLING OF COURSE.
Sometimes you just gotta have a margarita when your at a Mexican restraunt. Most have sugar of course but some restraunts have a sugar free margarita or a traditional margarita-tequila, lime juice, and triple sec -- has 8 to 16 grams of carb, depending on the amount of triple sec. If you wish you can ask for it without the triple sec OR you can bring your own artificial sweetener -just pack it along with your low carb tortillas of course! haha :)
IF you are trying to make low carb Mexican food at home try to remember these tips:
-Replace flour tortillas with low carb tortillas
-Buy canned soy beans instead of refried beans
-You can thicken sauces with Xanthan Gum instead of masa.
SO back to my dilema: I have decided I will be bringing low carb Chicken Enchiladas to the Mexican dinner party. I will be replacing the flour tortillas for low carb tortillas. I may also bring a veggie plate so I can enjoy the cheesedip, and guacamole too! And As always, i'll probably be carrying a can of diet Dr. Pepper with me as well :)
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