Tacos, nachos, burritos, enchiladas, and refried beans — these are all popular Mexican food staples that are all incredibly delicious, heavy on carbs, and bad for your strict ketogenic diet.
However, if you are smart about your food choices, you could still eat low carb in one your favorite Mexican restaurants in Springfield. Without further ado, here are some practical tips for eating keto in your favorite Mexican hunt:
1. Go loco on guacamole and salsa
Skip the nachos, though. Aside from tasting great with just about anything, guacamole and salsa is also very nutritious and filling.
2. A salad is always a safe choice
Eat a salad as your side dish or on its own as an appetizer. You could also turn it into a meal by pairing with some protein such as carne asada.
3. Just say yes to ceviche
Ceviche is basically raw seafood, usually fish, that’s marinated in citrus. Don’t worry — the citrus effectively cooks the seafood to some degree. It’s usually served with raw, chopped veggies like parsley, onions, and bell peppers.
4. Overload on protein
From carne asada (grilled steak with various Mexican spices) and chili verde (spicy pork stew) to chicken dishes served with salsa and grilled vegetables, you won’t run out of protein options in a Mexican restaurant.
5. Get your mole on
Mole recipes vary so ask what’s in the mole first. Low-carb options include recipes with different kinds of chilies, seeds, nuts, herbs, spices, and dark chocolate.
When on a ketogenic diet, avoid tacos, tortillas, nachos, tamales, burritos, taquitos, flautas, quesadillas, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Because while these have keto-friendly fillings, the tortilla or taco shell they come wrapped in is not exactly low on carbs.
A great workaround, ask if they could serve you naked versions of these, as in without the wrap. And lastly, if you really can’t resist the appeal of carbs, just go for it — but in very small portions.