We think of the foods we love as an indulgence – and most are! But tacos are in that sweet spot, where what tastes good can be good for you also.
It is, simply, that everything we want to eat is bad for us. By deduction it also indicates a corollary, that everything good for us is gastronomically dissatisfying.
This would mean, of course, that tacos are bad for us. Consider particular menu items offered in fast food franchises, where a preponderance of meat and cheese unaccompanied by anything resembling a plant-based food can add 900 calories to your day with nary a grain of fiber and few micronutrients.
But not all tacos are sold en masse from mass-marketed, bricks-and-mortar faux mission-style stores. Quite to the contrary, mobile taco catering has unleashed a whole new world of tastier and certifiably healthier fare.
If you’re lucky, you’ve been to a party or meeting where a kitchen-on-wheels food cart made tacos to order for every diner. Which probably contained ground beef, chicken, pork, fish, poultry, cheese, beans (whole or refried) or tofu, and a slew of additional ingredients and toppings which are largely nutritious. To help you in your selection process, it’s wise to consider the following:
Macronutrients – Protein, carbohydrates and fat are essential to every human, and the magic of tacos, as with soups and sandwiches, is that all three are present in a standard taco.
Micronutrients – These are the abundance of dietary components which include vitamins and minerals found in trace quantities, usually, but which fuel essential activities and demands of the human body.
Fiber – Many abundantly found in fruits, vegetables and legumes, but there is little to no fiber found in animal-based ingredients (meat, fish, chicken, cheese).
Low-fat? – Cheese, beef and pork are usually the very oily, while refried beans are fattier than whole beans. Avocado as a component is high in fat, but it’s the unsaturated fat that’s essential and beneficial from a micronutrient standpoint (more than low-fat ).
With mobile taco catering, you’re limited to the ingredients available from the vendor. The professional event planner will typically require that any taco catering to large groups do a menu inspection that satisfies vegans in addition to omnivores.
That brings up an important point, that tacos are quite flexible for diverse groups of individuals. This is a distinct advantage tacos bring events, particularly when the servers prepare tacos to individual tastes. With so much to choose from, it’s highly unlikely any guest will go hungry. More likely, they will be recharged.