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April 5, 2013 9:34 AM
I am going to be eating at a Mexican restaurant tonight and I am trying to stay as healthy and low calorie as possible but also enjoy my meal! What do you all recommend?
April 5, 2013 9:35 AM
Chicken fajitas with corn tortillas, no sour cream or cheese, no chips, no margarita.

But you are stronger than me, cuz I would eat ALL the chips and have 2 margaritas. I'm a Texan and Mexican food is the reason I will never have a 6-pack :)
  9227511
April 5, 2013 9:36 AM
search this topic and you'll find a million threads
April 5, 2013 9:36 AM
I like to eat Mexican when I'm there.
April 5, 2013 9:36 AM
I stay away from the chips and salsa that are usually free and never ending. And opt for fajitas without the tortillas and just eat the mix. Or carne asada with grilled veggies.... Have fun and YUM!
  6814864
April 5, 2013 9:37 AM
Everything.

With sour cream.

Washed down with tequila.
April 5, 2013 9:37 AM
QUOTE:

Chicken fajitas with corn tortillas, no sour cream or cheese, no chips, no margarita.

But you are stronger than me, cuz I would eat ALL the chips and have 2 margaritas. I'm a Texan and Mexican food is the reason I will never have a 6-pack :)



Yep, this. Im in Dallas, just minutes away from the best Mexican food in America. I will be having the Margaritas this evening :) but having fish and green beans for lunch to afford it....
April 5, 2013 9:38 AM
I'm so boring ummm grilled chicken salad no dressing LOL
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April 5, 2013 9:38 AM
It kind of depends on the restaurant and what they offer. If you can get a grilled chicken breast with some kind of vegetable or fruit salsa (mango is delicious), plus black beans and grilled veggies, you'll do pretty well. Fajitas without the tortillas are pretty good too, if you can get them not drenched in butter or with extra veggies. My local place has tostadas/chalupas that you can order with black beans and grilled fish that are pretty healthy too.

The chips and salsa are always my downfall at a Mexican restaurant, but since it's a treat I usually eat just a few and then have them not refill the bowl.
April 5, 2013 9:38 AM
Lighter lunch and/or breakfast so you can enjoy whatever your favorite Mexican food is tonight.

(For me that would be steak fajitas.)
  8625464
April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
tortilla soup (broth based & not creamy)
Taco salad - careful with dairy & dressing
Fajitas - don't go overboard with the flour tortillas
April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
QUOTE:

Everything.

With sour cream.

Washed down with tequila.


You're taking me out to dinner tonight. I can be ready at 7:00.
  33977633
April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
Mexican Food
April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
chicken fajitas with no tortillas, throw salsa over the meat and veggs, dig in with fork. looking around 400-500 cals depending what they cook it in.
Edited by airen123 On April 5, 2013 9:40 AM
April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
I'm going to a Mexican restaurant today too! I'm having a chicken enchilada with red sauce and ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA!! I simply made it fit into my calories today. Problem solved!
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April 5, 2013 9:40 AM
Shrimp fajitas...one tortilla...I usually skip the rice and have about half of the refried beans.
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April 5, 2013 9:41 AM
I heart heart heart mexican food & it's a regular for me.

I bring in my own baked lays tostitos...they are actually really good, I count out 2 servings. Then I normally will order a small queso and a chicken al carbon (al carte) I take the grilled chicken breast out of the tortilla and just eat the meat.

I make cheese/chicken/salsa nachos bigsmile

Or go with fajitas and just eat one tortilla (I avoid the sour cream & guacamole but it's easy cause I don't like that)

The BEST thing to do it look up the restaurant on-line (or one similar if it's a individual location) compare the items you like & see what can fit in your calories. I never deprive myself of something I really want I have just worked on making it fit OR working out to burn the calories!
  34708237
April 5, 2013 9:41 AM
QUOTE:

Washed down with tequila.


No, tequila first and then you can forget about the calories because, because tequila!

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April 5, 2013 9:41 AM
I always have enchiladas and margaritas. Always.
  12837362
April 5, 2013 9:42 AM
for those working out heavily needing protein and potassium, and who happen to have high blood sugar...

1/2 cup refried beans (legumes) very high in potassium. also low glycemic. (keep within daily fat and calorie count)
avacado
rice high glycemic. keep to a minimum
flour tortillas better choice over corn for glycemic index.
chicken fajitas and beef fajitas good protein. low glycemic. chicken obviously lower fat.
April 5, 2013 9:42 AM
DO NOT eat the beans. you think you're making a good decision but you're not. lol I used to eat them like crazy, found out they cook them with pig lard every morning, but duh, no wonder they are so good! :) I go for chicken fajitas, no cheese... and 1 magarita isn't gonig to kill you.... just everything in portions
April 5, 2013 9:43 AM
a small indulgent every now and then is called living. I would eat really well all week and allow myself a few extras as a reward. The salt in the chips will cause some water retention the next few days so drink extra water to flush it out. If you want to be as sin free as possible than opt for the Taco salad with shredded chicken and do not eat the shell, stay away from the chips, use more salsa than sour cream.
  38361845
April 5, 2013 9:43 AM
My fave restaurant has their version of a burrito bowl - rice, black beans, meat, lettuce, pico, sour cream, guac just dumped on a plate. With their pork it's TO DIE FOR. I get it without the rice (not willing to give up my SC or guac!!), try to stay away from the chips, eat half of my food, and spend my calories on margaritas ;).
  23479683
April 5, 2013 9:43 AM
QUOTE:

Everything.

With sour cream AND CHEESE.

Washed down with tequila.


there, fixed it for ya.
  30527079
April 5, 2013 9:43 AM
my fav place has the following on the menu:

grilled chicken breast (w lime and yummy mexican spices) served with rice and beans. I would personally opt for no rice and get a double serving of beans but that is just me :)

count out the tortilla chips you eat. May want to wait until your meal arrives to have any so you can put them on your plate. MFP search restaurant tortilla chips so you know what you can have and fit in today. I think i normally allot myself about 2 servings of the chips n salsa.

don't get the margaritas!!! calorie overload. if you have to have 1, i wouldn't have the chips n salsa.

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