Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Mexican Meal

Lighten up on fat and salt

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(HealthDay News) -- A delicious Mexican meal doesn't have to be high in fat, calories or salt.

Try these healthier ideas from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Include in your meal avocados, peppers, tomatoes, mangoes or jicama. Dip into fresh salsa, and make a dessert with a berry or other fruit base.
  • Skip the sour cream, cheese and other high-fat fare, in favor of tortillas filled with veggies, chicken and beans. Look for dishes that are grilled, broiled, baked or stir-fried.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a restaurant for substitutions. Skip the fried tortilla shell for a taco salad, and ask for sauces and toppings to be served on the side. Choose soft corn tortillas.
  • Season food with chilies, lime, cilantro and other fresh, natural flavors that don't overpower with salt.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Opt for a light beer or a margarita on the rocks, and skip the salt on the rim.

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