Friday, January 25, 2019

Tacos, Re-Imagined

Need a quick dinner tonight? Tacos are always a crowd-pleaser. But, they are not always the best dietary choice. I'll try to put a healthier spin on this weeknight favorite.

Mass-produced shells or tortillas
Usually made from refined white flour, they offer few nutrients. They also tend to include hydrogenated oils.

The ingredient list for fresh, soft corn tortillas should be limited to corn (masa), water, lime & salt. These tortillas will give you twice as much fiber and anti-oxidants, including lutein. OR, skip the tortillas and build a taco bowl with fresh shredded greens.

Grain-fed ground beef
Cows fed on a diet of grains produce meat high in inflammatory omega-six fatty acids. Feedlot cows are also given growth hormones and antibiotics, which can disrupt human health.

Grass-fed ground beef or steak, chicken thighs, or salmon are good options. Scrambled eggs can give a breakfast vibe. Crumbled tempeh or canned black beans are vegetarian choices.

Packet seasonings typically feature lots of additives, preservatives, salt and sugar.

Make a spice blend using your own cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and dried oregano. Create a meat marinade with lime juice, garlic and cilantro. 

Pre-shredded cheese
Avoid the added cellulose - wood pulp - added as a caking agent and shred your own.

Top with fresh avocado or guacamole for healthy fat. Add some belly-friendly plain Greek yogurt for an extra dab of protein.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Nutrition-Rich Tacos This Week

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