Cinco de Mayo Celebration Guilt Free

Dancers at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival i...

Dancers at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Guilt free Mexican food? How on earth can it be so? As you prep for Cinco de Mayo breathe a sigh of relief in knowing you can still party without starving yourself for three days before or have to worry about spending the next day running off the guilty tequila hangover. Below I’ll walk you through a few simple substitutions so you can still enjoy the festivities whether you stay home or head out.Celebrating at home?

Nachos unloaded – crave nachos with all the toppings but shriek when you think of the sodium and fat counts? Cooking your meal at home gives you the creative freedom to swap as you please.

  •  Sub out the deep fried chips for reduced guilt or salt free unfried versions and go easy on your quantity.
  •  Pick an extra lean cut of ground beef or turkey and add lime and chili powder instead of sodium dense taco seasoning.   Want to go meat-free?  Try Boca or Morningstar’s versions of  meatless crumbles
  • Top your nachos with a scoop of fat-free refried beans, trader joes has a fantastic version
  •  add fresh diced avocado tomato.
  • add cheese pick a reduced fat version.

Tacos – Who doesn’t love tacos?  Have you tried them with ground turkey? If you’re looking for an”authentic” taste minus the fat, add diced onion, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice and chili pepper or paprika after you’ve browned the ground turkey. Add a few corn tortilla’s tomato or salsa, lettuce and voila you’re all set!  Add a side of black or pinto beans to complete your meal.

CevicheWhat goes better with a nice margarita then some refreshing ceviche?  It’s super easy to make all you need are a few of the ingredients below.  Enjoy with a  1/2 serving of tortilla chips.

  • Marinade cooked shrimp with lemon and lime juice
  • Diced up 1 Serrano pepper
  • Add in diced avocado
  • add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix ingredients together and let chill in the fridge for an hour beforehand.

* Margarita – Try mixing in Skinny Girl margarita mix with a lemon lime sparkling water.  Add a bit of rock salt to the glass and you’ve got one tasty low cal alternative.

Going out to celebrate? Click here for some low-cal substitutions you can make when at a restaurant.

Have any good swaps I didn’t mention?  Please share your tips:

Written by Kimberly Evans


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