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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Healthy Tips

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May) is right around the corner and I know many people are planning to partake in this Mexican holiday.  Depending on how you celebrate this holiday I know a lot of fun, music, food, and alcohol are involved. This year I want to give you some simple tips to keep in mind to have a healthier Cinco de Mayo celebration.chips-and-salsa

  • Remember Mexican food with vegetables, seafood, and fruit is healthy, light, and lower in calories.
  • Make the food at home.  This way you can use lower fat products (2% milk cheeses) to help control calories and fat.
  • Use more salsa the guacamole.
  • Skip on the sour cream or use a lower-fat or non-fat sour cream.
  • Substitute veggies in your dishes in place of meat.
  • Choose fish or chicken in place of red meat or pork.
  • Use brown rice instead of white rice.
  • Cook with liquid vegetable oils instead of animal fats (butter or lard)
  • Try corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas.
  • Choose a “Skinny Girl Margarita”— this version of the margarita is lower in calories and makes drinking a little less guilty.

What you’ll need to make one serving:
2 oz. of Clear Premium Tequila (2-3 second pour)
Splash of Orange Liquor
Juice of four Fresh Lime Wedges
Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge

Remember these healthier tips and enjoy May 5!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Recipe via Bethenny Frenkel, author of Naturally Thin.

May 3rd, 2009

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