If you love the scrumptious taste of Mexican food, there is no reason to give it up entirely because you are a diabetic. You can adhere to your low-carb diet and still enjoy a tantalizing taste of Mexico at your favorite south of the border-style restaurant. Whether you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo or you're enjoying an everyday dining experience, here are 5 smart ways to (re)think Mexican food:
1. Think Beans: A staple in most Mexican dishes, beans make up a tasty part of various recipes. Although some types of beans have considerable amounts of carbs, not all beans do. For instance, your favorite Mexican eatery may have recipes made with soy beans on the menu. Not only are they are an excellent source of fiber, they are low in carbohydrates, making them a good choice for diabetics. Entrees may include a beef and soy bean casserole (often complemented by Mexican style peppers and veggies) or chicken and beans, Mexican style.
2. Think Eggs: Eggs are not only for breakfast, especially when dining out Mexican style. Low in carbohydrates and diabetes-friendly, one popular dish is known as huevos rancheros. Depending upon the chef's recipe, this dish may be made with eggs, onion, garlic, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes, black beans and spices. Enjoy this spicy favorite at breakfast, brunch, or anytime.
3. Think Pork Sausage or Chorizo: Here's a diabetes-friendly, low-carb dish made with pork sausage. You will find it on most Mexican restaurant menus. The menu entree may be called Chori Pollo, and is typically made with pork sausage, although chicken or turkey may be substituted. It may be seasoned with onion, garlic, cumin, and chipotle powder. Shredded jack cheese is often added as well.
4. Think Guacamole: Mashed avocado with the addition of tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, and seasonings, this is another staple in most Mexican restaurants. Perfect for a diabetic diet, you'll find it served in various ways. Low in carbs and high in potassium, it's a healthy treat. Ask for it served over salad and drizzle some lemon juice over it. If you are accustomed to eating your guacamole on crackers but want to cut back on the carbohydrate content, use your guacamole as a dip for celery or carrot sticks.
5. Think Stew, Mexican Style: Yes, Mexican style stew can be ideal for your diabetes-friendly diet. Look for posole on the menu. Posole is a Mexican style stew, made with pork or chicken, corn, chili peppers, lime, garlic and onion. Avocado and cabbage may also be added. It's thick, hearty and filling – and low carb, too.
Don't be timid about requesting low-carb entrees and sugar free desserts. Keep these ideas in mind next time you check out a Mexican restaurant near Tucson AZ.