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3 fun ways to Celebrate a Healthier National Taco Day during Hispanic Heritage Month

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3 fun ways to Celebrate a Healthier National Taco Day during Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4 is National Taco Day, and we’d love to celebrate with flavorful, fun, and refreshing ingredients in your taco!

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What a great way to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. In this post, we talk about three fun ways to enjoy a healthier taco as you celebrate National Taco Day.

1 - Celebrate 5 healthier taco ingredients.

When it comes to tacos, it’s all about those tasty, flavorful ingredients. Try these healthier options when assembling your taco.

  1. Tastify your Tortilla. Enjoy the nutty, rich flavor of a whole wheat or whole corn tortilla. Or, simply use a lettuce to wrap up your taco ingredients!
  2. Ba-ba-boom beans. Choose low-sodium beans, like refried or black beans. Beans add a wonderful texture and flavor to your taco.
  3. Tantalizing Toppings. Choose homemade salsa (like this black bean salsa), fresh jalapenos or onions. They add a kick of flavor!
  4. Vivacious Vegetables. Enjoy the benefits of adding color to your taco: avocado, lettuce, tomato, purple cabbage… the possibilities are endless!
  5. Sizzling Seasoning. Try homemade seasoning by combining ½ teaspoon of cumin, chili powder, oregano, and garlic powder.

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2 - Celebrate 6 healthier taco recipes.

Make tacos at home to add fun and exciting flavors (and your own personality) to your taco.

  1. These Pork and Green Onion Tacos mix classic flavors with a smoky taste from the grilled pork and veggies.
  2. Add fun shapes like zucchini “zoodles” to your taco! These Jerk Tilapia Fish Tacos with Zoodle Slaw packs a wallop of flavor while also hitting all the healthy criteria.
  3. Fruit in a taco? With this Crockpot Pulled Orange Chicken Tacos with Pickled Vegetables, you will enjoy the citrusy-sweetness of the orange with tender chicken. And, pickled veggies add a wonderful texture.
  4. Keep it simple (and flavorful) with shrimp tacos. The tacos are full of veggies, spices, and herbs. Yum!
  5. Need to switch things up from just a regular roll-up taco? Try our Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing. This dish makes a light yet filling lunch.
  6. Serve your tacos with a side of meat-free black bean soup. It’s rich, slightly spicy, and goes perfectly with tacos.

3 - Celebrate restaurant accomplishments.

A restaurant taco can contain up to 600 mg sodium. The good news? Some restaurants are committing to making their offerings healthier. For example, taco bell has cut sodium by 15% since 2009, and is aiming for 20% sodium reductions by 2020. That’s something we can celebrate on National Taco Day!

Tell your friends: how you are going to celebrate a healthier national taco day?