We love tequila and avocados here at SWW—which makes Cinco de Mayo one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. However, it can be difficult to navigate the menu at Mexican restaurants to find the healthiest and best blood sugar-balancing options. Here, we’ll give you the guidance you need to enjoy your Mexican meal and your tequila, too.
Skip the chips
Chips and salsa are like the bread basket at restaurants—they are best avoided. Ask your server for some sliced veggies like carrots, celery and cucumber (which they usually have on-hand) for a satisfying dipping vessel with your salsa or guacamole.
Guac is good
Avocados are one of our favorite foods for so many reasons. A healthy source of good monounsaturated fats, they help to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. Guacamole is not only healthy but delicious—and it’s one of the first things we order.
Grilled, not fried
Tacos are a staple at Mexican restaurants, but make sure to avoid fried protein options. Fried fish and chicken quickly add inflammatory oils and unhealthy fats to your plate. Go for grilled fish tacos, and skip the corn tortilla if you want to watch your carbs.
No cheese, please
Everything from nachos to quesadillas to burritos are all drenched in cheese. Dairy foods, such as cheese, are high in saturated fats which are believed to cause inflammation. Instead choose a variety of salsas to add flavor without fat.
Limit your alcohol
Choose your drinks wisely. Too much alcohol can lead to chronic inflammation and weight gain. Tequila is one of the cleanest alcoholic options out there. Forgo the margarita mix and enjoy on the rocks with lime or with a splash of pineapple. And while we love to have fun, limit your drinks to no more than two in one night.