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Your Favorite Mexican Recipes, Made Healthy
Mexican food is delicious, but it's not without nutrition pitfalls from things like sour cream, cheese, and deep-fried tortillas. Get the yummy flavors and still slim down with these healthy takes on the classics!
Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas
These carnitas are one of my favorite Mexican recipes. Trim the fat and maximize the protein for every tasty taco bite. Beef is an excellent source of iron, a nutrient that prevents anemia. If you work out a lot, you may need even more iron—intense activity can destroy red blood cells. Serve these tasty tacos on whole-grain wraps, organic corn tortillas, or even in lettuce wraps for a low-carb version.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Carnitas
Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D., and Janice Newell Bissex, M.S., R.D., of Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen
Black Bean Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce
These enchiladas are brimming with great nutrition as well as traditional Mexican flavors. The hearty, crowd-pleasing casserole is made with black beans, spinach, corn, green onions, and lots of cilantro, and it uses low-fat cheese in the filling. Each serving has an impressive 8 grams of fiber and 60 percent of your daily vitamin A—at just 310 calories.
Get the recipe: Black Bean Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce
Andrea Falcone, R.D.
Shrimp and Crab Tacos with Fennel Coleslaw
These tacos have a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats (with a good source of omega-3's too). It's colorful, speaking right to your eyes—and the leftover coleslaw goes a long way for tomorrow's lunch! Seafood tacos seem intimidating to make when you see them presented at a restaurant, but these are simply awesome and anyone can make them.
Get the recipe: Shrimp and Crab Tacos
No fiesta is complete without a margarita! But this refreshing cocktail can derail your healthy eating habits. A restaurant margarita can have more than 500 calories thanks to loads of sugar in the lemon-lime mix—not to mention all that unnecessary salt on the rim.
Try my skinny margarita for a tasty and slimmed-down twist on the original. By using real lime juice and stevia simple syrup, you save 400 calories! Now that's something to celebrate.
Get the recipe: Skinny Margarita
Kara Lydon, R.D., of The Foodie Dietitian
Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., of Nutritioulicious
Jenny Shea Rawn, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., at My Cape Cod Kitchen
Loaded Tofu Tacos
These loaded tofu tacos add a fun spin to taco night! Taco-seasoned protein-packed tofu is topped with all the can't-go-wrong flavorful toppings like creamy avocado, sharp cheddar, black beans (loaded with protein!), and cilantro. Red cabbage adds flavor, crunch, and color.
Get the recipe: Loaded Tofu Tacos
Tina Gowin Carlucci, R.D., of Gowin Nutrition
Egg and Black Bean Quesadilla
This protein-packed quesadilla uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make. Plus it's totally customizable. Make it spicy, switch up the type of cheese, or throw on some sautéed mushrooms or peppers—perfect for feeding a small crowd. It's full of fiber and good-for-you fats that'll keep you feeling satisfied and help you handle your margarita!
Get the recipe: Egg and Black Bean Quesadilla
Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., of Nutrition Starring You
Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad
This salad is just bursting with flavor, plus it packs 11 grams of fiber for per serving thanks to the black beans! It's delicious with baked tortilla chips or veggies, and it makes a satisfying lunch served with tuna or cottage cheese. Spoon some over an omelet, burger, or grilled fish. The possibilities are endless.
Get the recipe: Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad