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DIY Healthy Cinco de Mayo

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 05, 2016
DIY Healthy Cinco de Mayo

 

Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, but you most definitely do not have to be Mexican to celebrate and indulge in all of the annual festivities. Mexican food can be a diet disaster, but by following these tips, you can be on your way to a healthier celebration.

When it comes to making healthy guacamole, the must-have Mexican dip made from crushed avocados, substitute one of the avocados for one cup of green peas. This recipe gives you all of the creaminess and rich monounsaturated fats from guacamole, but with fewer calories.

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We can’t make any promises to your taste buds –  you may notice a slight difference, so if peas are a no-go, try adding in a scoop of low-fat plain Greek yogurt. This creamy supplement will add a nice tang to your guacamole and help to reduce overall caloric intake.

Tacos are another popular Mexican dish to eat during Cinco de Mayo. This traditional snack is typically filled with calories, fat, and sodium, but there are many alternate ways to improve tacos. Creating a healthy taco bar allows you and your guests to choose from fresh ingredients to build your own taco. A few easy swaps that will decrease the calorie load and increase nutritional value include substituting meat for fresh or low-sodium beans, high-fat sour cream for low-fat plain Greek yogurt, and lettuce leaves instead of taco shells.

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Fish tacos are also a festive option. Grill up a piece of fresh, tasty fish and top with ingredients from the taco bar. If you must have a meat other than fish, choose 93 percent lean ground beef or turkey and use only half a packet of taco seasoning to reduce sodium intake.

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No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without a margarita (unless you’re under 21 – in that case, the party ends at the taco bar)! A typical frozen margarita from a restaurant contains corn syrup and a bunch of other unpronounceable components. However, with our healthier version, you’ll only need three common ingredients: zero-calorie sparkling water, lime juice, and tequila on the rocks. Simply, fill the glass with ice, pour tequila over the ice, squeeze some fresh lime juice over the mixture, stir, and enjoy!

Happy (Healthy) Cinco de Mayo!