¡Olé! A healthy spin on Cinco de Mayo

It’s fiesta time! Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican culture, music, and of course, food. Indulging in a delicious Mexican dish is all part of the fun, so we have some healthy alternatives that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Whip up one of these classics and a margarita tonight con buenos amigos y  música fuerte!

guac

Tip: To keep guac fresh and green, add the avocado pits to your serving dish. A nice decorative touch, as well!

 

Without a doubt the healthiest of Mexican foods – Guacamole – is first on our list. The trick with this Mexican classic is to keep the ingredients simple and let the flavors do the work.

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl until well mixed but slightly chunky, season with salt, serve with tortilla chips. See full recipe  from Food & Wine here.

spinach-enchiladas-420Next up? Enchiladas. For a healthy swap stuff this classic with a fiber-packed green such as spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package corn tortillas
  • 12 oz. fresh spinach
  • ½ sliced white onion
  • 1 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 8 large green tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bushel cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 oz. sour cream
  • 6 oz. shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Asadero)

DirectionsSee full recipe from Shape here.

 

37_skinny-chicken-fajitasFlavorful and delicious Skinny Chicken Fajitas pack plenty of protein to keep you feeling full but not heavy all night long. To add even more protein, swap low-fat sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Ingredients ( fajitas):

  • 2 large red bell peppers cut into slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin rings
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) cut into strips
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 package Lawry’s Fajita seasonings mix
  • ½ cup water, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 8 corn tortillas

Ingredients (topping):

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped romaine lettuce
  • Fat-free sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Reduced-fat cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Directions: See full recipe from Skinny Kitchen here.

And finally – the most essential to our Cinco de Mayo festivities: The Margarita

margTraditional margaritas are high in both sugar and sodium, and can cost you upwards of 400 calories per drink. Instead of using pre-made mixes or syrups, stick to fresh lime juice and Himalayan salt, as used in this healthier twist on the Mexican favorite that boasts only 185 calories and 4g sugar per serving.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce añejo tequila
  • 
1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 
1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • Sparkling water (to taste)

Directions: Pour first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until condensation forms. Pour into an elegant glass and top with seltzer. See full recipe from Shape here.

 

See you in the saddle tonight for a #FiestaOnABike or tomorrow for a detox ride 🙂

Enjoy responsibly!

 

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