Think of the foods we love as indulgences – and many are! But the tacos are in that sweet spot, where what tastes good can be good for you too.
An unfortunate belief pervades our culture and our perceptions of cuisine. Simply, everything we like to eat is negative for us. By deduction it also suggests a corollary, that everything good for us is gastronomically unsatisfactory.
This would obviously mean that the tacos are bad for us. And indeed, there are ways to make tacos where good exceeds the bad. Think of some of the menu items sold in fast food franchises, where a preponderance of meat and cheese not accompanied by something resembling a plant-based food can add 900 calories to your day with a grain of fiber and a few micronutrients.
But not all tacos are sold in bulk by mass-faux brick and mortar style shops. In contrast, taco mobile catering has unleashed a whole new world of arguably tastier and healthier dishes. In urban areas, these restaurateurs have practically dominated the market by rolling up their carts on the road to private parties, fundraisers and corporate events. Even the catering taco for weddings has taken hold.
If you’re lucky, you’ve been at a party or a meeting where a wheeled food cart has made custom tacos for every diner. There, you had your choice of ingredients that the taco catering company offered, which probably included beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish, cheese, beans (whole or refried) or tofu, plus a handful of additional ingredients and condiments that are largely nutritious. To help you with the selection process, we recommend that you consider the following:
Macronutrients – Protein, carbohydrates and fats are essential for every human being, and the magic of tacos, as in soups and sandwiches, is that all three are present in a standard taco. The proportions of these things are important, as the Mayo Clinic recommends that the average adult gets between 45 and 65 percent of the daily calories from carbohydrates, 10 to 35 percent from protein and 20 to 35 percent from fat. .
Micronutrients – These are the many components of the diet that include vitamins and minerals found in trace amounts, but which feed the essential activities and needs of the body. The sources include wheat (flour tortillas), beans, all fruits and vegetables (especially sauces, which are a mix of tomatoes, onions, garlic and other ingredients), herbs and spices.
Fiber – Most are found abundantly in fruits, vegetables and beans, but there is little or no fiber found in animal-based ingredients (meat, fish, chicken, cheese).
Little fat, – Cheese, beef and pork are generally the fattest, while fried beans are fatter than whole beans. The avocado as an ingredient is technically rich in fats, but it is the unsaturated fat that is essential and beneficial from the point of view of micronutrients (more than animal fat).
With the mobile taco catering service, you are limited to the ingredients available from the seller. The professional event planner will typically require that any catering service for large groups perform a menu review that satisfies vegans and omnivores.
Which highlights an important point, that tacos are quite versatile for different groups of people. This is an advantage that tacos bring to events, especially when servers prepare tacos for individual tastes. With so much to choose from, it is highly unlikely that every guest is hungry. More likely, they will be recharged.