Healthy Taco Recipe for #NationalTacoDay

A plate with two crispy corn tortilla shell tacos with turkey, lettuce, grated vegetables and tomato.,
photo by Cooking Matters.

Happy National Taco Day!

Tacos are one of those perfect foods that can combine loads of tasty ingredients into one portable and delicious package.  There are almost as many ways to enjoy them as there are people that like them!

  1. Start with the base – Choosing a corn or whole wheat tortilla adds whole grains and fiber.
  2. Add the protein –Stick with lean and grilled – veggies, whole beans, shrimp, chicken breast, turkey, lean beef, and/or fish.  Remember you can choose no salt added options or rinse and drain canned beans and meats to reduce the sodium content.
  3. Add in the good stuff –
    • Load up on veggies: lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, and/or jalapenos. Veggies can be low-calorie, low-fat additions to your taco pumping them up with nutrition.
    • Add additional toppings in moderation: low- fat cheese, low-fat sour cream, or low- fat plain yogurt.
  4. Bring on the heat – Salsa, pico de gallo, lime and/or hot sauce can make the taco. If you prefer flavor without the heat (such as I do), opt for a splash of lime juice or a mild salsa.

Check out this delicious recipe by Cooking Matters for Turkey Tacos the whole family will love: https://cookingmatters.org/recipes/turkey-tacos

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