Can Tacos be heathy?

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.

Tacos Mexican Carne Asada Food Plate Meal

It is, simply, that what we want to eat is bad for all of us.

And really, there are ways to make tacos where the good outweighs the bad. Think about particular menu items sold in fast food franchises, where a preponderance of cheese and meat unaccompanied by anything resembling a plant-based food can add 900 calories to your day with nary a grain of fiber and few micronutrients.

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

If you are lucky, you’ve been to a party or meeting where a kitchen-on-wheels food cart made tacos to order for every diner. Which probably included ground beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish, cheese, beans (whole or refried) or tofu, and a ton of additional ingredients and toppings that 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 individual, and the magic of tacos, like soups and sandwiches, is that all three are present in a standard taco. The proportions of those things matter, as the Mayo Clinic recommends that the typical adult get between 45 and 65 percent of daily calories from carbohydrates, 10 to 35 percent from protein, and 20 to 35 percent from fat.

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

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

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

With mobile taco catering, you are confined to the ingredients available from the seller. The professional event planner will typically require that any taco catering for large groups perform a menu inspection that satisfies vegans as well as omnivores.

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