Your friends are bugging you to viva fiesta at the local taco joint; the problem is you're bound to a diet. You know restaurant meals are typically high in calories, sugar and fat. But, you still hate to miss a fun night. Lucky for you, you can maintain your progress if you order carefully. Learn to pick through the menu for healthy choices. Food choice is essential to reach your long-term goals, unless you'd rather stay home every night, but who wants to do that? Sidestep chips and salsa. This combo might seem harmless enough, but chips and salsa contain too much fat and too many calories to fit into any good diet plan. Snib the hard shell. Hard shells are deep fried and contain added fat and extra calories that could push you over your limit. Choose smaller, whole wheat soft shells: these are better options for your carb source. It might be hard to say 'adios' to such crunchy goodness, but it's totally worth it.
Reject the refried. If you choose to dig into a bean dish (which can be a healthy option) go for pinto beans rather than refried beans. Pinto beans are an excellent source of protein, complex carbohydrates and much-needed iron. Keep your serving size under control, and you will keep your calorie count where it needs to be. Reduce the sour cream and guacamole. Although the toppings are sometimes the best part of the burrito, spooning on globs of fatty sour cream and guacamole heaps the calories.