“Well, you probably don’t eat tacos, do you?”
If I had a dollar every time I heard that…
The truth is, I love burgers. And tacos. And beer.
Want to know my secret? Moderation.
When I buy a six pack of beer, it will usually last me a week and a half to 2 weeks. And I’m very picky with my beer. I don’t buy the “king of beers,” or the “most refreshing beer in the world.” I don’t fall for gimmicks like a new can, or spiraled bottled. No offense intended if those are your choices.
I look for craft beers, from small breweries, where the president of the company is probably the same guy who picks out the hops and yeast. Beyond that I look for local brewers. Two of my favorites are Alamo Golden Ale, and just about anything brewed at the Blue Star Brewery. Beyond these, I like Shiner and Real Ale, and I’m also willing to try just about anything.
To me, beer is a taste adventure, not just something you slam down your throat to get drunk. The brewers are artists; craftsman, and their product is something to be savored. That is why I only have one at a time. It also fits into my principle of moderation.
The same goes for food. If you were to come to my house for dinner, I can pretty much tell you what I’m cooking. Fajitas. I love the aroma of chicken, peppers, onions, and mushrooms grilling in a pan. I will usually serve my fajitas sans tortillas, on a bed of spinach and kale, with some crushed organic corn tortilla chips, greek yogurt, salsa and shredded cheddar cheese. DELICIOUS! Wash down with a cold beer!
Occasionally, I go out for dinner. For local Tex-Mex, I head to Taco Garage, and I order the Chicken Puffy Tacos, my favorite, though everything there is mouth watering. The service is friendly and fast, and the food is always on point. I will usually order any beer I’ve never heard of to go with my meal.
When I’m in the mood for an awesome burger, I head to the Blue Star Brewery, where every burger on the menu is made with grass fed beef or bison. My current favorite is the Bacon Cheddar Burger, which I usually split with my wife, washed down with a Texican Lager. Some time ago, I used to bring people down there to try their Brisket Burger (a religious experience, as most people would gasp, “Oh God!” after the first bite), and wash it down with a Smokehouse Ale, a very different brew that, in my opinion, complemented that Brisket Burger so well! (Bring ‘em back, Joey! PLEASE!)
So, for those of you who think that living a healthy lifestyle means avoiding delicious foods and tasty beverages, think again! Moderation is the key. I’m also a huge fan of chocolate (darker, the better) and…DONUTS! But again, I don’t eat these items daily, or by the dozen. When the mood strikes, be deliberate in your choices, and make sure that you savor it. Not only will it keep you sane, but moderation will also keep your cravings to a minimum, helping you stay on track with your day to day dietary choices.
And you don’t need to be the sharpest spoon in the drawer to figure that out…