Great ideas.... I love Mexican food... but know it is often too caloric. One thing I often do is just order a bowl of soup for dinner.. albondigas, chicken tortilla, or whatever they have (though I avoid menudo... if I'm very hungry I also will have one a la carte taco or something. Occasionally we have a bit of a splurge wiht a shared cheese crisp. We automatically ask the waiter NOT to bring the chips, but to leave the salsa...
The other thing I avoid is the margarita.. often a Mexican restaurant margarita will have more calories than the meal!
I don't always avoid the beans/rice, though.... it's good nutrition if not prepared wtih lard.... and very filling. My daughter in law is from Mexico City and she taught me how to make very good refried beans, even out of the can.. add about a tablespoon of milk or Mexican crema as you heat them.. the gaseous effects are greatly reduced and they taste wonderful.
Don't forget the basket(s) of tortilla chips they put under your nose while you wait for dinner! Each basket is easily over 400 calories. My husband and I have started to request a plate of cut up bell peppers at our favorite Mexican place to dip in the salsa instead. It's nice to have something to munch on, too, when you're with a group and the tortilla chips are so hard to resist.
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I went out to a mexican restaurant with a friend today and looked up the menu nutrients beforehand. So of course most people enjoy the taco or enchiladas they get but then you must also account for the beans and rice that come with it. Well, I discovered an epiphany today! if I substitute the beans and rice for a side of tortilla soup, I replace what would have been a side of almost 400 calories for a side that is only 150! I will remember this Mexican restaurant trick from now on!