It's National Taco Day! Guess what's on the menu?
What is your favorite meal in the world? The one you would eat every day if you could? For many, it's a good, hearty taco. These tasty little morsels sway many away from the prospect of eating right. You see the shirts, "My head says gym, but my heart says tacos." I get it. I love a good taco. So, why can't we have both?
In light of National Taco Day, I thought I would write a fun, little post highlighting the three reasons why tacos can still fit into your healthy-eating meal plan.
Once a week, tacos are celebrated by price-slashing discounts. It is a whole day dedicated to their consumption. But why limit your cravings to Tuesdays? You can find everything you have ever wanted inside the warm, handmade tortilla. It cushions together your favorite type of meat, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and whatever else you would like to add. You can also make them at an affordable price any day of the week. Who said healthy eating had to be expensive?
There is a taco for everyone. You can find them at breakfast, brimming with eggs and salsa. Or you can look for the ones packed with chicken, steak, or shrimp for lunch. You can find ones that suit your dietary restrictions. Corn tortillas are gluten-free! Can't have any type of tortilla? Opt for the taco salad! Remove the cheese and sour cream and you have a dairy-free dinner. Supplement the meat for veggies and you have a vegetarian version. They are so versatile that you simply cannot ever get over them.
Let's break the down the foundational nutrition of a taco. You can fill them with high-quality protein, healthy fats, and both fast and slow-burning carbohydrates. These will keep you satisfied for longer and provide you with the fuel needed before or after your workouts. While the fat can add up, you can limit it by denying yourself the fried taco shells, opting for the chicken breast or fish instead of the red meat, and embracing the salsas instead of the creamy sauces.
The tortillas, rice, and beans (pick the black beans and not the refried ones, please) also provide a good amount of fiber. And we all know how good fiber is on our digestion. They are almost too healthy to say no to, right?