January is a month of new beginnings- resolutions, intentions, diets. Everybody wants to become the best version of themselves, and why not start the new year with a clean slate? We know it is difficult to transition from the sweets and treats of the holidays to a new year of lean and green. We're here to tell you eating out while eating healthy doesn't have to be so hard! And yes, you can still get your DT fix in January... just with a few modifications to your normal order. Thank goodness our menu is so customizable!
To help you out, we've picked a few of the biggest and trendiest diets that 2019 has to offer and are breaking down the do's and don'ts of the DT menu according to their guidelines.
Whole 30 was technically created in 2009 by Melissa Hartwig, when she "blogged about a life-changing dietary experience she completed." Since then it has taken off, transforming millions of peoples health, habits, energy levels, and sleep, to name a few. The whole goal of the program is to say "yes" to eating real food with few ingredients and "no" to some things that maybe aren't the best addition to your diet.
Comparing the Whole30 do's & don'ts list to our DT menu, things that you should eat include:
- Cold toppings & veggies- lettuce, cilantro, onion, jalapenos, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, tomatoes, pineapple
- Grilled Veggies- grilled peppers & onions
- Meats- Pollo Asado, Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Carnitas, & Barbacoa
- Eggs- scrambled or egg white
- Salsa & Sauces- tomatillo, chiltomate, pico de gallo, colorado, mestizo, habanero, salad dressing, Salsa Maya
Things to hold off on until after your new year's cleanse:
- Dairy- shredded cheese, sour cream, queso, chipotle & cilantro mayo
- Rice- garlic lime rice
- Corn- tortillas and chips
- Flour- tortillas
- Legumes- black & pinto beans
- Salsa & Sauces- Salsa de Chile due to rice flour
We use canola oil in all of our cooking, so no worries about soy oil here! Our favorite combination of these options would have to be a Desnudo (hold the rice & beans) with eggs & potato, your choice of meat, grilled veggies, & pico de gallo. It's like a fiesta for your tummy!
Another option, if you're not into the breakfast bowl, is an Ensalada (dressing comes on the side) with grilled veggies, guacamole, jalapenos, pineapple, pico de gallo, and the meat of your choice.
"The aim of a paleo diet is to return to a way of eating that's more like what early humans ate". If you couldn't find, pick, or catch it way back then, you can't eat it now. This way of eating is also commonly referred to as "the caveman diet", or "hunter/gatherer diet".
For Paleo, you can follow the same rules as Whole30, but note- canola oil is not usually accepted in a paleo diet. A great option would be an Ensalada (dressing comes on the side, so up to you to use or not- not recommended on the paleo diet) with guacamole, jalapenos, cilantro, cabbage, pico de gallo, and chiltomate salsa! Not only is that salad beautifully colorful, but it provides a spicy and savory palate option all in one!
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that which involves drastically reducing (more or less, eliminating) carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. The goal of this diet is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, in which your muscle's primary source of energy becomes fat, rather than fast-burning carbs.
For keto, we're going to follow the same rules as Whole30, except dairy is back in! Not only is it back in, but due to it's higher-fat/protein composition, it's encouraged! Our favorite choice would be an order of the Huevos Rancheros (hold the rice, beans, and tortilla) with carne asada (or any protein choice), grilled veggies, and shredded cheese.
Going meatless? We've got you covered. Vegetarian-based protein is plentiful in our restaurants - great things to consider would be our Itza, eggs, shrimp (M-W-Th) or fish (T-F-Sa-Su). Everything in our restaurant, aside from the meats, of course, is fair game for you *pun intended*. Our vegetarian pick would be our Flaco Tacos (which include pinto beans, grilled veggies and cheese) with Itza, lettuce, and your favorite salsa from the salsa bar. Buen provecho, amigos!
If you're vegan, don't fret. In addition to avoiding the meats and seafood, you'll want to steer clear of the eggs, cheese, sour cream, Itza (contains egg-whites), and queso. How about some Flaco Tacos with guac and cheese? Want a bit more substance? Add rice to get that garlicky lime flavor included as well! A favorite vegan combination of ours would definitely be a taco with rice, pinto beans, lettuce, tomato, pineapple, guacamole, and chiltomate on a flour tortilla. YUM and super filling! Who needs meat anyway?
Don't see your preferred diet of choice? No problem! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll dig through it together! We hope your 2019 is off to a great start and that these suggestions help to get you back on track! We love digging into our menu to find options for everyone and are always excited to bring new menu and catering offerings to the table to accommodate more amigos! Follow along with our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages for all the new & exciting updates coming our way in 2019!