October 4 is National Taco Day, and we’d love to celebrate with flavorful, fun, and refreshing ingredients in your taco!
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.
- 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!
- Ba-ba-boom beans. Choose low-sodium beans, like refried or black beans. Beans add a wonderful texture and flavor to your taco.
- Tantalizing Toppings. Choose homemade salsa (like this black bean salsa), fresh jalapenos or onions. They add a kick of flavor!
- Vivacious Vegetables. Enjoy the benefits of adding color to your taco: avocado, lettuce, tomato, purple cabbage… the possibilities are endless!
- Sizzling Seasoning. Try homemade seasoning by combining ½ teaspoon of cumin, chili powder, oregano, and garlic powder.
2 - Celebrate 6 healthier taco recipes.
Make tacos at home to add fun and exciting flavors (and your own personality) to your taco.
- These Pork and Green Onion Tacos mix classic flavors with a smoky taste from the grilled pork and veggies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep it simple (and flavorful) with shrimp tacos. The tacos are full of veggies, spices, and herbs. Yum!
- 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.
- 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!