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When a lot of people hear the word “diet” or “weight-loss”, they immediately assume that it means giving up the foods they love or eating very little, when in fact the opposite is true.
When I first started trying to lose weight a couple of years ago and even now, I didn’t look at it as a diet but rather a lifestyle. I don’t believe in cutting out whole food groups or surviving on rice cakes and water. I try to make healthy choices with whole and clean foods most of the time with treats in moderation. It’s no fun depriving yourself, you just need to eat two cookies instead of half the package or trade a Skinny Cow ice cream for a huge bowl of ice cream.
Over the holidays, I didn’t seem to deprive myself at all and ate those big bowls of ice cream…every night. Now, I’m not saying a bowl of ice cream is bad but stick to it once in awhile not everyday.
When I don’t eat as well as I should, I can tell a difference in myself. Not just in my weight, but it how I feel. I feel like I have less energy and I’m sluggish. I feel like my clothes just aren’t fitting right. Even my skin starts acting up.
So, as I’ve mentioned before, I am back to a healthy diet with treats in moderation. But that doesn’t mean giving up the foods that I love. It’s all about healthy swaps.
I love Mexican food. Love it. I could eat it every single day and not get sick of it. Instead of giving up my beloved Mexican food, I just make healthy swaps.
For lunch, I made a grilled veggie quesadilla.
I chopped up about 2 oz. of the following vegetables:
- red onion
- red pepper
- green pepper
I grilled the veggies in a grill pan with about 1 tsp. of olive oil.
I used one LaTortilla Factory whole wheat tortilla (sometimes if I’m hungry, I’ll use two). Each large tortilla has 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein.
I sprinkled about a serving and a half of 2% Mexican style cheddar jack cheese on the tortilla and added the veggies. I cooked it until the tortilla was browned and the cheese was melted. I ate it with about 1 tbsp. of sour cream.
It was so good, and I got my Mexican food fix without all the calories and fat. You could even add some chicken for some extra protein.
I looked up the nutritional information for a fajita quesadilla on the On The Border (popular Mexican food restaurant) website. The fajita quesadilla contains: chicken, melted cheese, peppers and sautéed onions, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.
On The Border Quesadilla: My Quesadilla:
- 1180 calories 322 calories
- 82 grams of fat 17.8 grams of fat
- 34 grams of saturated fat 5.9 grams saturated fat
- 2530 mg of sodium 659 mg of sodium
Wow. Those differences are crazy. Even if you added another tortilla or chicken to my quesadilla, the calorie count wouldn’t even come close to the restaurant quesadilla. It’s all about healthy swaps.
Another one of my healthy Mexican swaps are fish tacos. I made these fish tacos awhile ago and they are one of my favs.
I buy the tilapia taco mix from the seafood counter at Whole Foods which has tilapia, onions, peppers, and seasoning. I put the mix in two corn tortillas and add some mango salsa. Another one of my favorite meals
I’m not sure of the exact calorie count since it’s a prepared tilapia mix but you can bet it’s less than then 880 calories in the grilled fish tacos at On The Border.
It’s all about eating what you love just a healthier version of it!
Have a great afternoon! And stay warm!