The sound of deep-fried enchiladas, tacos, cheesy nachos, burritos and rice can make you drool and rush to place an order. Who can resist delicious Mexican cuisine? The popularity of Mexican food is increasing by the day. New restaurants are popping up all over Vancouver; but how healthy is Mexican food in restaurants really?

Hidden Calories in a Mexican Restaurant Meal

A large plate of cheesy, deep-fried tortilla chips is delicious but far from nutritious. A beef burrito in some popular chains reportedly contains over 1,000 calories and 46 grams of fat. A steak quesadilla is loaded with 1,450 calories and 86 grams of fat. Even nachos can make you pack on the pounds with over 700 calories in a large plate. However, such high-calorie dishes are offered mostly in average Mexican restaurants. Traditional Mexican home-cooked meals are prepared with very little oil. They are low in calories, packed with protein and great flavours.

Real Mexican food is made with fresh produce, nutritious beans, fibre-rich tortillas and flavourful spices such as chillies, garlic, cloves, cinnamon and cumin. Have a look at a few other authentic Mexican foods that you can choose for yourself next time that are as healthy as they are tasty. Let us help you navigate your Mexican menu better. Order these delicious favourites for a guilt-free meal.

5 Mexican Favourites That Are Packed with Good Health and Taste

Ensalada: Avoid dishes that are deep-fried or topped with melted cheese. As irresistible as they sound, these are the ones that add inches to your waistline. Keep the meal lighter with protein-rich beans and vegetables. Skip the mounds of white rice and opt for brown or red rice instead.

Corn or Whole Grain Tortillas: Flour tortillas are higher in calories and saturated fat than corn tortillas and fajitas. A diet high in saturated fat can increase bad cholesterol, putting you at risk for heart disease. Whole grain tortillas are full of fibre and nutrients. They are also lighter and tastier. Have a single tortilla with more vegetables. Add dollops of creamy guacamole instead of cheese or sour cream.

Street Tacos: Top tacos with chicken or vegetables. Pile on guacamole and extra lettuce for a contrast of creamy, crunchy flavours. Swap creamy mayonnaise with lime juice and olive oil for more flavour and nutrition.

Tostada: Tostadas are really light, fresh, and delicious! They feature vegan refried beans, guac, and veggies on top of a crispy tortilla.

Chicken and Bean Burrito: Ask for your burrito to be served with grilled chicken, black beans, grilled corn, fresh lettuce, pico and extra salsa. Skip the white rice and cheese. Dip in hot sauce instead.

Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill in North Vancouver

For delicious, nutritious Mexican food in an upbeat ambiance visit Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill in North Vancouver. Enjoy traditional style tacos, burritos and quesadillas in a cozy outdoor setting or take home to enjoy with your family. Give us a call to know our full menu.