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I had a craving for Mexican food yesterday. I was out running errands so I rang up a friend to join me at La Cazona Mexican Grill for an early lunch.
A low carb lunch of course. 😉
You have to stay out of the margaritas, chips & salsa, rice & beans and tortillas of course… but eating low carb Mexican food is easy & delicious!
I’ll share with you what I ordered for lunch yesterday (it was fabulous!) as well as another favorite low carb Mexican restaurant meal I get often…
Day 16: Wednesday’s Low Carb Meals
I had my favorite low carb breakfast of pecans, cottage cheese & berries yesterday – as usual! 🙂 I mentioned I was getting bored with the same old low carb foods and needed to mix things up, which is exactly what I’ve been doing the last few days.
For lunch, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted (my usual!) but I was glad I opened the menu – because this was a different Mexican restaurant than I usually visit.
I spotted the Chicken Caesar Salad right away. Because it had a pretty picture. 🙂
That actually required fewer modifications than what I usually get, so I ordered that. I did ask for no dressing, “add grilled shrimp, please” and no croutons of course.
(Mistake: I didn’t ask what the upcharge was for the added shrimp – and they charged me $8 for it!! 😯 lol, oops)
I also asked for a side of cheese dip. That stuff is DELICIOUS. 🙂
That’s why I asked for “no caesar dressing” by the way – I was planning to use the salsa on the table (that came with the chips I didn’t eat) and the cheese sauce with/on my salad instead. 🙂
I mostly just ate some chicken, shrimp & avocado off the top of my salad – dipped in the salsa & cheese sauce. It was A LOT of food! I brought the rest home in a take-out box to enjoy for dinner.
For dinner I took the chicken, shrimp & avocado off the salad. I poured the sauces over that and warmed it all up together – leaving the actual salad cold.
Then I poured the hot meat & sauce over the salad:
I didn’t end up eating any of the romaine salad, lol. By the time I ate all the good stuff off the top I was full AGAIN, haha.
You can see how I logged the salad below under “Lunch” in my MyFitnessPal app.
I simply added the individual ingredients, which is what I usually do. I put the entire meal in as one, knowing I was going to finish the rest of it for dinner.
The almonds & string cheese was a quick low carb snack I had around midnight. 🙂
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Wednesday:
Net Carbs: 28
Total Carbs: 47
Protein: 86 Grams
70% Fat, 23% Protein
Water: 56 ounces
I went over on my carbs by a bit, but to be fair I woke up at 3:45am yesterday and was up until 2am last night, so it was a longer day than usual. I had a nice long afternoon nap of course. 🙂
I blame the cheese sauce & salsa! Not the coffee creamer, of course. 🙂 haha
Normally I order the Taco Salad when I go out for Mexican.
I do have to special order it too, though. I ask for grilled chicken instead of shredded chicken (the shredded chicken is a fajita mix), avocado slices instead of guacamole, add grilled shrimp, and usually extra sour cream:
The fewer ingredients or the more simple you make your order, the easier it is to log & track – and control what it is you’re eating exactly. I don’t always know what’s in the “fajita mix” or the guacamole, or the carb count on those things.
Plus I really like “simple, whole foods” on my plate. 🙂
As an interesting twist, you don’t HAVE to get the salad! I once saw a fellow low carber order “a cobb salad with no lettuce.” That was a pretty cool plate of food!
Sometimes you just have to get creative. It’s your dollar, your meal, your health and your body. Don’t be afraid to custom order a restaurant meal you’ll LOVE.
As for the $8 upcharge on the shrimp this time, that was a first. There’s usually an upcharge with additions, but not THAT much lol. It was worth it though. There were 8 LARGE shrimp on my plate and it was A LOT of food. And delicious. 🙂
What about you? Do you eat out much, and when you do – do you find it harder or easier to stay on track eating low carb at restaurants?
I would love to hear your thoughts & experiences!
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