One of my favorite days, National Taco Day, is finally here! Celebrated on October 4th, it is estimated that over 4.5 billion tacos were consumed last year in America alone. Tacos are so versatile and delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert – the possibilities are endless! It’s no wonder tacos get their own special day.
Commonly served on a flour or corn tortilla shell, the most well-known fillings include beef, chicken, pork, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. On the rise, we are seeing more seafood-based tacos made with different types of fish, shrimp or crab. Not to mention, the topping choices are becoming limitless, with options like bell peppers, onions, beans, a variety of salsas, fresh herbs or even coleslaw! If you’re looking for a twist on the traditional taco, try these tasty Fish Tacos with Mango-Lime Crema or top your favorite taco with a new topping like this Asian Slaw, a personal favorite of mine.
Have you ever thought about filling your tacos with fruit? Fruit tacos are a great way to start the day off “eating the rainbow” or to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the day. It’s as easy as grabbing a tortilla, filling it with your favorite fruits, and topping it off with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese! Dairy foods provide high-quality protein to help you feel full longer and provide calcium and vitamin D for better bone health.
Here are a few of my favorite seasonal fruit taco combinations:
- Winter: apples, cranberries and grapefruit
- Spring: strawberries, blueberries, peaches and mango
- Summer: cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, and raspberries
- Fall: apples and pears
Recipe tip: toss the fruit with cinnamon and nutmeg or drizzle with a little honey to add extra sweetness.
Collette Powers is a Registered, Licensed dietitian in the state of Tennessee and a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She enjoys utilizing both her nutrition and fitness background to help clients become the best version of themselves. She is an active member within her local dietetics chapter, having served in various roles from Public Relations, Marketing and Presidency and was awarded the Outstanding Dietitian Award in 2016.