Who doesn’t love tacos? They’re easy to make and just as easy to adapt for virtually any diet restriction, especially gluten-free. However, depending on how you choose to load up your tacos, they can either be super healthy or...not so much. Follow these tips to pack more nutritious superfoods into your favorite Taco Tuesday recipes.
1. Use Mikey’s NEW Grain-Free Tortillas!Let’s start with your taco shells. Our three new varieties of tortillas are infused with superfoods for a little extra flavor and nutrition:
Killer Greens = Dark leafy greens
Golden Turmeric = Turmeric & hemp protein
Sweets & Beets = Sweet potatoes
2. Swap iceberg lettuce for dark leafy greens
Tacos are most commonly topped with shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce, but do yourself a favor and opt for spinach, kale, chard or any dark leafy green instead. They’re packed with fiber and an excellent source of nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin C, zinc and folate.
3. Eat breakfast tacos for dinner
Eggs have been called “the perfect food” and one of the “most nutritious foods on the planet,” and for good reason. They’re a source of high-quality protein and loaded with nutrients like A and B vitamins, selenium and iron. They’ve also got plenty of antioxidants that are good for eye health. Get more eggs into your diet by eating breakfast tacos in the evening or topping your favorite dinner tacos with a fried egg.
4. Sprinkle on some seeds
Seeds are famous for being great sources of vegan protein and heart-healthy fats. Chia, flax and hemp seeds are all neutral seeds you can incorporate in both breakfast and dinner taco recipes. Pumpkin seeds would also be a flavorful addition to fall-inspired acorn squash tacos.
5. Make ‘em Mediterranean
Yogurt gets its superfood status thanks to probiotics, which are great for digestive health. Rather than sour cream, we used Greek yogurt in these Mediterranean chicken quesadillas.
6. Toss in more garlic
Folk medicine has long celebrated the healing properties of garlic—and now modern medicine backs it up. Evidence shows that garlic can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and may help protect you from the common cold, according to Healthline. Use garlic to season your protein of choice on Taco Tuesday, and toss an extra clove in your homemade salsa and guac.
7. Saute with olive oil
Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (unsaturated fats), which are good for heart health. If you’re cooking veggies, tofu, chicken, eggs or anything else for your tacos, do it in olive oil.
8. Roast some sweet potatoes
In addition to being everyone’s go-to root veggie because they’re just plain delicious, sweet potatoes are also nutritional powerhouses. They’ve got significant levels of potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C. They’re also known for being a good source of antioxidants, especially carotenoids, which may help reduce cancer risk. Enjoy ‘em in this recipe for autumn vegetarian tacos.
9. Try salmon
Salmon is the king of the sea—at least when it comes to nutrition. In addition to its famous omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is also a good source of protein, B vitamins, potassium and selenium. Make salmon a part of your next Taco Tuesday with this easy paleo grilled salmon recipe.
10. Season with turmeric
Turmeric gets its superfood status from curcurmin, the active compound in the spice that’s a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects. It’s a great addition to taco seasoning, and you can also sneak more of it into your meal by using our Golden Turmeric Tortillas!