Build Your Own Fajita [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Welcome to the fifth installment of our Build Your Own series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is the fajita — an option that’s perfect as an entree or used as leftovers the next day. If you’re new to fajitas or just want to find more ways to enjoy them, keep reading.

First things first: Choose a protein. Protein may help you feel full longer and build muscle.  Meats like chicken and beef, and vegetarian choices such as black beans and tofu, are all great options for your fajita. Animal proteins are usually higher in protein and iron, and plant-based proteins are typically lower in saturated fat, but either can work well! If you’re in a hurry, try canned chicken, canned black beans or pre-made tofu to save on cooking time.

When building your fajita, be sure to include some heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Cook your meats and saute your veggies using canola oil or olive oils. Add guacamole or sliced avocado. Both add great flavor and will help with satiety.

It’s time to choose a grain. Grains contain B vitamins, which play an important role in your body’s metabolism and nervous system. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half your grains whole, so reach for options like corn or whole wheat flour tortillas.

Let’s turn to vegetables. Vegetables provide many nutrients, including fiber and vitamins A and C. Tomatoes, onions and bell peppers are staples in fajitas, but whatever your preference, pile on a variety of veggies for an extra nutrient boost.

Don’t forget seasonings! Choosing flavorful herbs and spices like chili powder, garlic and cumin can help reduce your sodium intake and enhance the flavor, aroma and color of your creation.

When it comes to healthy fajitas, the options are endless. Try any and all combinations and you’ll be set with new recipes for days to come. Enjoy!