HOW TO ENJOY YOUR FIESTA AND STAY HEALTHY, TOO

5 TIPS FOR EATING WELL ON CINCO DE MAYO

At the center of everything worth celebrating is a delicious meal, right? And Cinco de Mayo is certainly no exception. From mole to margaritas, there’s no better way to commemorate an important moment in Mexican history than by focusing on the country’s fabulous cuisine.

So, for all you contentious eaters who may be afraid to join in the festivities because you think Mexican food is too carb heavy or full of the wrong fats, we’ve got a few tips for enjoying a leaner fiesta.

  1. You can have your chalupa and eat it, too. Just don’t “make a run for the border,” as they say. Cook your favorite Mexican dishes at home and you’ll avoid excess sodium, trans fats, and hidden sugars many fast food joints use to keep folks coming back for more.
  2. If loving burritos is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Just substitute that white flour tortilla for a whole-grain corn one and you’ve got more fiber, lower blood sugar, and more vitamins.
  3. Beans, beans the musical fruit… We all love them, regardless of their affect on our gastrointestinal system. They are high in fiber (duh), antioxidants, and minerals. But if you’re looking to cut down on fat and cholesterol, stick to plain black beans instead of refried.
  4. Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. If quality and nutrition are your thing, make sure you stick to grass fed when you’re stuffing your taco or searing that fajita steak. It’s higher in omega 3 fatty acids and CLAs and lower in fat.
  5. Chicken. Taco. Salad. Three little words that give you everything you need to enjoy a delicious, nutritious, and semi-traditional fiesta. Chicken is a healthy lean protein and when it’s pasture-raisedit’s particularly high in vitamins and minerals. Chop your favorite veggies, use green lettuce as your base, and top the whole dish with fresh salsa.