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Not Taco Tuesday, But Taco Friday!

Happy national taco day everyone! Tacos are one of my favorite foods because I can make them exactly how I like. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like tacos, and I don’t want to. Anyway, even though tacos aren’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think about healthy food, they can be if you want them to be.

Food is a means of socialization, so invite over some friends and enjoy a healthy taco night.

Tacos Can Be Healthy?

Believe it or not–yes. The key to making tacos healthy is switching up the recipe, and using fresh, nutritious ingredients. Making your own tacos at home is the easiest way to create healthier versions.

For example, have a protein option that everyone likes, or cook small portions of multiple proteins. Then have a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, corn, cabbage, and onion. You can absolutely serve the “heavier” toppings like sour cream and different cheeses, but try encouraging everyone to go for the healthier options first!

Recipes

So I’ve found three different recipes that look promising. Each has a different protein, so if you prefer beef, chicken, or shrimp, these might be for you.

Shrimp Tacos:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/270116/grilled-blackened-shrimp-tacos/

Beef Tacos:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251361/taco-lettuce-wraps/

Chicken Tacos:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/270350/shredded-chicken-tacos/

The links to the recipes will tell you all of the ingredients and measurements for the meal. They’ll also walk you through preparation and cooking. Another thing that I like about these recipes is that they include the specific nutritional information for each meal, so you know exactly what your eating. Finally, other people who have tried the recipe are about to rate and review it. This can give you an idea about how easy/difficult the meal will be to cook.

You’re obviously not bound to the options that I gave you. This website has endless taco recipes, so try any that look good to you.

Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions for www.eatingwell.com 

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