Fire up your taste buds, for a healthy and delicious Cinco De Mayo. Celebrations usually always involve food, unhealthy foods! It is time to celebrate cinco de mayo with healthy foods, without the food guilt.
Try these simple tips and meal ideas for your cinco de mayo celebration.
Always have fruit: Fruit provides lots of fiber and antioxidants. Fruit will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
Fresh fruit: papaya, mango, apples, pineapple, watermelon and strawberries are great to have at your celebration.
Half of your plate should be vegetables. Vegetables provide fiber and fullness, without the calories.
Fresh vegetables: jicama, bell peppers, tomato slices, sliced cucumbers, zucchini (grilled or raw) serve grilled onions with your lean meats, and shredded cabbage is a great addition to steamed corn tortilla tacos
Lean beef; look for varieties with not much marbling and cut the fat off before you cook it!
Chicken: Grilled or baked chicken is perfect for your party. Avoid store bought fried chicken that is loaded with fat and calories.
Fish: Shrimp, white fish, and salmon are great to BBQ. Shrimp is great in ceviche without the added fat.
Whole Beans: Pinto, black or white beans. Make ahead in a crockpot for a simple, inexpensive and healthy protein to your meal.
Whole grain Carbs: Avoid fried foods, use steamed corn or whole wheat tortillas, roast diced potatoes, tossed in a bit of olive oil, quinoa (add salsa for a kick, quinoa is a great substitute for rice)
Fat will help keep you satisfied. Try adding olives to your mexican salad, slices of avocado or grill your vegetables with olive oil. Fat is an important component of healthy eating, limit your portions and choose healthier fat options.
- Make your own pico de gallo (avoid the store bought salsa)
- Use whole beans instead of refried beans
- Make your own guacamole with avocado, lime juice, pico de gallo and green scallions
- Use lime juice to flavor your meats and salads. Lime or lemon juice mimics the taste of salt on your tongue. Lime and lemon juice is basically calorie free and delicious.
- Add a kick of flavor to your meals with hot peppers.
A few of my favorite recipes:
Fiesta Bean Salad
- 4 cups black beans
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 mango, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
- salt to taste
Add beans, vegetables and cilantro into a large bowl. Carefully stir in avocado and mango. Flavor with lime juice and salt to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to marinate together.
Spicy Tex-Mex Shrimp
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp. trans fat free margarine
- salt, to taste
- 1/8 tsp. hot sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- green onions, chopped
- Lime juice
Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder, shrimp, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and add trans fat free margarine, salt, and hot sauce. Stir until the margarine melts. Stir in juice and green onions. Garnish with the lime wedges, if desired.