Do Healthy Tacos exist?

We think of the foods we love as an indulgence – and many are! But tacos are in that sweet spot, where what tastes good can be good for you also.

Grilled Pineapple Pork Burrito

An unfortunate belief pervades our culture and perceptions of cuisine. It is, simply, that what we want to eat is bad for all of us. By deduction it also suggests a corollary, that everything good for us is gastronomically dissatisfying.

This would mean, of course, that tacos are bad for us. Think about certain menu items sold in fast food franchises, where a preponderance of meat and cheese unaccompanied by anything resembling a plant-based food may add 900 calories to your day with nary a grain of fiber and few micronutrients.

But not all tacos are sold en masse from mass-marketed, bricks-and-mortar faux mission-style stores. Quite to the contrary, portable taco catering has unleashed a whole new world of tastier and certifiably healthier fare.

If you are lucky, you have been to a party or assembly where a kitchen-on-wheels food cart made tacos to order for each diner. Which probably contained ground beef, chicken, pork, fish, poultry, cheese, beans (whole or refried) or tofu, and a slew of additional ingredients and toppings which are largely nutritious. To help you in your selection process, it is wise to consider the following:

Macronutrients – Protein, carbohydrates and fat are essential to every human, and the magic of tacos, as with soups and sandwiches, is that all three are within a standard taco. The proportions of those things matter, as the Mayo Clinic recommends that the average adult get between 45 and 65 percent of daily calories from carbs, 10 to 35 percent from protein, and 20 to 35 percent from fat.

Micronutrients – These are the abundance of dietary components which have vitamins and minerals found in trace amounts, usually, but which fuel essential activities and needs of the body.

Fiber – Many abundantly found in fruits, vegetables and legumes, but there’s little to no fibre found in animal-based ingredients (meat, fish, chicken, cheese).

Low-fat? – Cheese, beef and pork are often the very oily, while refried beans are fattier than whole beans. Avocado as an ingredient is high in fat, but it’s the unsaturated fat that’s essential and beneficial from a micronutrient standpoint (more than animal-based fat).

With cellular taco catering, you are confined to the ingredients available from the vendor. The professional event planner will typically demand that any taco catering for large groups do a menu review that satisfies vegans in addition to omnivores.

Which brings up an important point, that tacos are quite versatile for diverse groups of individuals. This is a distinct advantage tacos bring to events, particularly when the servers prepare tacos to individual tastes. With so much to choose from, it is highly unlikely any guest will go hungry. More likely, they’ll be recharged.

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