Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is a day of great significance in the Mexican community, and many Americans have adopted it as a celebration of Mexican culture through food, drink and fun. Although, not many of us can say that we enjoy a “healthy Cinco de Mayo”…
If you were not raised around traditional Mexican food, chances are your only exposure to the cuisine is through restaurants or, worse yet, the drive-thru. The Mexican food most of us are used to eating is American-ized up for our taste buds, heavy in fattening extras like cheese and heavy sauces, but many traditional Mexican dishes are often very light and rely on fresh herbs and spices to create their vibrant flavor.
Whether you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a big feast for friends or a simple Mexican-inspired dinner for your family, try preparing your healthy Cinco de Mayo meal with the following tips in mind!
6 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Tips
1. Choose your dishes wisely. We all know to avoid enchiladas and burritos, which usually come smothered in cheese and sauce, but there is a lot of Mexican fare that is light and healthy. “Cook those Mexican recipes that are naturally low in calories, such as gazpacho soup, seafood ceviche, and all of the various salsas,” advises Mary Hartley, RD for DietsInReview.com.