Tacos are a gray area food. They can either be a fun and easy way to get in nutrient dense and delicious ingredients, or they can be inflammatory and not so hot on our digestion.
What's the Difference?
The ticket is what's inside of and next to them.
Let's start with protein + veggies. Solidifying these two pieces of the meal can help us maximize yumminess and satiety while avoiding bloat. When we focus on the starchy carbs like rice, tortilla chips, taco shells, etc it's easy to over eat and feel TOO full. Yes, I promise it's possible to feel fantastic after eating tacos.
The #1 thing I do to make this meal a success is have a slaw or salad-type dish to take up space. This adds fiber, antioxidants and tons of other nutrients.
Some Recipes and Ideas for Tuesday:
NAPA CABBAGE MANGO SLAW:
- 1 head Napa cabbage, shredded
- 2 mangoes, diced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 orange bell peppers, julienned
- 1 jalapeño pepper (optional), deseeded and chopped
- extra virgin olive oil + apple cider vinegar as dressing.
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbl ground cumin
Combine ingredients and enjoy inside or next to your tacos! You can also enjoy this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday too :)
Proteins to add to your tacos:
- meats & fish
- black beans
- kidney beans
- tempeh (see recipe below)
Veggies to add to your tacos: (corn is a grain, people)
- bell pepper
- shredded carrot
- shredded cabbage
- butternut squash, delicate squash or sweet potato
- pomegranate seeds
- pumpkin seeds
Some other taco ideas (with recipes)
TEMPEH TACOS (vegan)