Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"What Does the Dietitian Order?" @ Los Amigos

Reviewed March 2, 2011 by Heather Pierce, MS, RD, CDE, LDN

4 out of 5 Forks

My hubby and I split the shrimp fajitas (our typical choice at any Mexican restaurant). I like this choice because it provides a lean source of protein and you have full control of the added fats. Chicken would be fine as well or beans, but don't rely on cheese as your protein choice here. Unfortunately 2 tbsp. of white cheese dip (approximately the size of a golfball) can be around 40- 80 calories and 4-7 grams of fat (Calorie King database).  The good news is that salsa is only ~20 calories per 1/2 cup- so use this to flavor instead of cheese. Pico de gallo is also good to have on the plate since it makes the plate look fuller as well as add flavor without fat.  I typically choose corn tortillas since they are higher in fiber and lower in calories. My biggest hurdle, like most of us that LOVE Mexican, is the chips. Keep in mind that a serving should be around 2 ounces ( ~2 lady handfuls). If you elect to go beyond the limits, just remember that just 2 oz. chips provides close to 300 calories and 14 grams of fat.

This restaurant provides friendly staff and I believe they would modify foods for you if requested. They are a family-based restaurant and a local favorite. It is conveniently located on Maryville's Greenbelt. So take a walk after you indulge in chips....cause I know you are going to!

Submitted by:
Heather Pierce, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Blount Memorial Hospital
Weight Management Center
907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

Los Amigos received 4 out of 5 forks because nutrition information is not available. Standard Mexican fare side dishes are available and healthier options can be determined by the patron.  Los Amigos is available for both dine-in and carry out meals in Maryville.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Heather. I totally agree-it is hard not to go a bit overboard with chips and salsa. The walk on the greenway is a great idea!