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The #1 Best Mexican Takeout Order, Says Dietitian

You'll feel satisfied and nourished!

Mexican food is beloved for its deep flavors, elements of spice, salty cheeses, and of course, tortillas. Though these components of this type of cuisine make it incredibly tasty, for many, a plate full of Mexican-American cuisine is synonymous with gastric distress and over-the-counter acid-reducing medications.

Believe it or not, there is a way to leave the table feeling satisfied, comfortably full, and well-nourished after takeout. The number one option when ordering Mexican for takeout is a fajita platter.

Fajitas are not only a fabulous choice for overall health, but they are also a great option for those with dietary restrictions. Most fajita platters come with the components of the dish already separated. For instance, if dairy is a problem, you can skip the sour cream or cheese easily as it is usually off to the side. Many restaurants will be able to accommodate gluten sensitivity by providing corn tortillas instead of wheat.

Fajitas with sour cream on the tortilla
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Fajitas also allow for more portion control. For example, instead of consuming all of the tortillas, you can have one or two and save the rest for lunch the next day or skip them entirely.

When it comes to the best type of fajita the choice is yours. Beef, chicken, shrimp, fish, or vegetarian are all great options. If you are prioritizing lean proteins, opt for chicken or fish. For vegetarian eaters, try to include beans and rice in your fajita for a complete protein instead of only vegetables or only beans.

A tortilla filled with protein, veggies, some guacamole, and maybe beans is a nutrition work of art. It includes all of the macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) which is guaranteed to optimize fullness and satisfaction. The high-fat condiments provided in a fajita platter (cheese, sour cream, guac) can get a little out of hand, so stick to two or three tablespoons total. Ideally, that would look like a tablespoon of guacamole, sour cream, and cheese.

Feel free to load up on the vegetables and pico de gallo, these items are rich in fiber and polyphenols. Depending on the type of restaurant, the size of the platter might be able to be shared between you and a dining companion or you might be able to save half for lunch the next day, a win for your busy schedule and budget.

For more takeout tips, here's The #1 Best Chinese Takeout Order, Says Dietitian.

Sydney Greene, MS, RD
Sydney Greene is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition for addiction recovery, disordered eating, and body image, as well as chronic digestive issues. Read more