Transforming your diet to get to a healthy weight is one thing, but maintaining that lifestyle over time can be a whole other challenge. The secret to success? You have to find foods that burst with flavor and make you want to stick to it—not “diet” food that makes you feel deprived and can ultimately lead to reverting back to old habits.
These good-for-you dishes that please the tastebuds are a specialty of wellness chef Charles Chen. Exhibit A: This chicken taco recipe is loaded with fresh, nourishing ingredients and a variety of tastes and textures, so it’ll feel like anything but deprivation.
Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”
What makes these tacos healthier than your average American-style, ground-beef-and-cheese taco? First, Chen skips the seasoning packets and handfuls of shredded cheese. These two toppings can add a lot of sodium and saturated fat.
Instead, he creates exciting flavors using his unique topping, a mango salsa with avocado, cherry tomatoes, shallot, and cilantro. (Check out this trick for cutting avocados you’ll wish you knew all along.) This gives the taco a bright, invigorating flavor, as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
Looking for more fresh takes on Mexican dishes? Try these veggie tamales with mole.