Yes, as you can imagine or may have discovered, eating “out” can be challenging when you want to eat healthy. It seems most restaurant menus are designed to thwart our body shaping and health goals!
Fat, butter, cheese and meat are everywhere and packed into everything possible. Of course to make food delicious. Is it any wonder Julia Child’s cookbooks are such big sellers? Put gobs of butter in anything and it will taste good!
Case in point.Yesterday, we loaded our bikes onto the car rack and drove to the valley to bike through the sunny wetlands. The birds of Northern California are just about gone from this stop on their migratory routes but there was plenty of heron, duck, and spring bird action. And temperatures were in the mid-60s, heaven!
We stopped for lunch at Casa Lupe, THE Mex restaurant in town. Looking at the menu, it was a healthy-choices dietary disaster. But I know I can put together something pretty good at Mex restaurants, as long as they have a pot of beans – without lard!
No problem! Here’s what I did.
I simply ordered:
- a big bowl of the non-fried beans
- a stack of soft, fresh corn tortillas
- a garden salad without dressing
- extra bowls of salsa (for dressing and for my crafted tacos!)
- lime and lemon wedges
Then I ate to my heart’s content along with a perfectly chilled Dos X cerveza.
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