Ways to Make Mexican Dishes Healthier

The New Year is right around the corner and that means people will be making New Year’s Resolutions to better themselves. For many, these resolutions include eating healthier. Here at Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, we always strive to provide the best and freshest ingredients in our dishes so that our guests enjoy healthy, but delicious meals.

If you’re not visiting Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita or Zoetry Casa del Mar this year, but are interested in learning how to make some of our favorite Mexican dishes a little healthier at home, we have some great tips for you!

Below are a few ways that you can still enjoy your favorite meals, but feel a little less guilty about it.

Add Spice, Do Away with Salt: Mexican food can often be high in sodium, but can easily be made healthier by using spices in your kitchen rather than prepacked seasoning. Popular Mexican seasonings include cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, pepper, cilantro and lime juice. Need an extra kick? Add hot green peppers to your dishes, they’re a great metabolism booster and add amazing flavor.

Opt for a Fish Taco: Fish tacos can be much healthier than beef tacos and fish is a terrific source of healthy omega 3 acids. You can use almost any fish in this dish, just be sure to boil or poach it to avoid unneeded calories. If you can’t stomach fish, try a lean chicken or ground turkey.

Add Veggies and Lots of Them: Believe it or not, vegetarian dishes are actually very authentic in the Mexican culture. By piling on veggies, you won’t even realize you’re missing the meat! Start with corn, shredded lettuce and chopped onions then add some yellow squash or zucchini and sweet red or green peppers. Finish with fresh tomatoes for extra taste and color, and you’ll have quite the delicious meal.

Use Whole Wheat Tortillas: A staple of Mexican food is the tortilla. However, these can often add calories to many dishes. As an alternative, use a whole wheat tortilla for your burritos, quesadillas or enchiladas.

Go Easy on the Toppings: It’s natural to want to add guacamole and sour cream to your dishes. And if you do, be frugal with it. Use just a tiny bit of guacamole and opt for low fat sour cream. Also, choose low fat white cheeses as opposed to yellow cheeses.

 
 

Make it at Home: Guacamole

At Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita, we not only believe in serving delicious, wholesome food to our guests, we want to share our passion for culinary arts through our Art of Life™ philosophy. As part of our Endless Privileges®, we offer a variety of culinary classes to our guests. Our goal is to teach simple techniques and tricks for making healthy and delicious food at home.

Recently, we hosted a class all about the art of making guacmole. Yes, that’s right, there is an art to making this irresistible snack. We started our class by picking fresh cilantro from our organic herb garden at the resort. The class turned out to be a lot of fun and all of the particpants couldn’t wait to eat the guacamole once the class was over! Take a look below for our simple recipe.

Fresh ingredients ready to be turned into guacamole!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato (it is important to make sure you have firm tomatoes with good texture)
  • ½ white onion (medium)
  • 1 Serrano pepper 
  • ½ lime
  • Large bunch of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ripe avocados (they should be soft when squeezed gently, with dark-green skin).

Cooking instructions:

  1. First, chop the tomato and onion coarsely; then chop the Serrano pepper and the large bunch of cilantro finely. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Squeeze the juice of ½ the lime onto the mix and season with salt and pepper. If you feel adventurous you can also add some chopped habanero chile that will emphasize the spicy flavor.
  2. Next, cut each avocado in half, working around the large and smooth pit. Separate the avocado halves and remove the pit (keep the pit you will want to use this later). Scrape avocado out of the shell and place into mixing bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork (avoid using a food processor or blender).
  3. Finally, mix the tomato mixture with the crushed avocado. Add a little bit of salt if needed. Remember the pit? This is when you will want to use this and add it into the mix. The pit and lime help to preserve the freshness of your Guacamole!

Service with tortilla chips & enjoy!

Wondering how the guacomole class went at the resort? Take a look at this video with feedback from two of the participants!

Night Out Dine Around Program

As part of our Endless Privileges®, we’re offering guests at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana the chance to dine at all nearby Secrets, Dreams & Now Resorts & Spas. The Night Out Dine Around is an exciting way for guests to enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment at neighboring resorts. The Dine Around Program is available at the following resorts:

In order to participate, all you need to do is speak to the resort concierge, who will make all the necessary arrangements, including restaurant selection, and arrival and return times. The program is currently good for one evening of dining during your stay with us and guests are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the resort.

If you’re visiting us soon, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this great opportunity and come enjoy an evening of delicious food and great entertainment!