6 Healthy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and you want your party to be the talk of the town. Most holidays are primarily seen as times to relax, and for many this means forgetting about the diet for a few days. That doesn’t have to be the case.
You can still have a fun Cinco de Mayo party and promote good health at the same time. These six tasty treats are perfect for any celebration and are good for you.
1. Turkey Taquitos
Baked and not fried, these turkey treats are much better for you than the frozen ones at the store. Using turkey or chicken is healthier than beef as there is much less fat involved. All you need to do is shred some cooked turkey into a bowl.
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Next, add some grated cheddar and mozzarella cheeses as well diced green onions and green chilies. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder.
Prepare some corn tortillas by microwaving them in a moistened paper towel. Add a heaping spoonful of the turkey mixture and roll your taquitos. Bake for 25 minutes and serve with salsa and guacamole.
Turkey is a healthy alternative to beef or pork and still provides all the protein you need. You also get iron, zinc and potassium, which help support a healthy immune system.
With a much lower fat content than beef and pork, turkey also helps you maintain a healthy weight and protects you from cholesterol and obesity-related cardiovascular problems.
2. Fish Tacos
You save calories with this recipe by grilling instead of frying, and you get the added benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.
Make some guacamole and prepare some cabbage for the tacos by lightly tossing it in olive oil and lime juice. Brush your fish of choice with oil, salt, and pepper, and grill until lightly charred.
Prepare each taco by first spreading guacamole on the tortilla, adding diced tomato, then the cabbage and a piece of fish.
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Including fish in your diet (and celebrations) is a great way to keep your omega-3 fatty acid levels up. Omega-3s are essential for brain and heart health.
Eating one to two servings of fish per week can reduce your risk for heart disease and lower your blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important in fighting inflammation.
Since inflammation is linked to several serious health problems, these fish tacos will be on your menu more often than just the parties.
3. Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
Normally burritos are going to set you back around 1,200 calories, but this version comes in at 354 calories per serving, without losing flavor. This burrito is full of good stuff that will keep your taste buds and your body happy.
Combine black beans and water in a pan and mash them to a desired consistency. Prepare a chicken-vegetable toss by gently cooking shredded chicken, bell peppers, and onions in chicken broth.
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Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Add this to the mashed beans and mix well. Spread the mixture on a large tortilla, add salsa and cheese, then roll and eat.
4. Vegan Enchiladas
By skipping the meat and rice and using kale and quinoa, you get a healthier version of a classic. Replacing meat with kale and mushrooms provides you with more nutrients and less fat.
Plus quinoa is a lighter carbohydrate than rice but just as filling. Grill or sauté the ingredients and mix together. Fill your tortilla of choice, lightly grill and serve with a spicy or sweet sauce of your choice.
Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat, so you should find a way to add it to every meal. It also contains more fiber than other grains, and fiber is essential to your overall gut health.
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Fiber not only helps promote regular bowel movements but is important for gut bacteria health. The healthy bacteria in your gut require food, and fiber is a favorite.
Without this, they are not able to perform their function efficiently, and serious illness and poor health can result.
5. Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad
This heart-healthy and filling salad is perfect for adding the zest to your celebration. This is not only likely to be the easiest salad you have ever made, but it will be the tastiest too.
Combine chickpeas, diced avocado, chopped green onions, and feta cheese with some lime juice and you have a healthy snack, side dish, or main course.
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The chickpea is often forgotten but should be an important part of your diet. It is a versatile bean that can be added to any meal or side dish.
Chickpeas are not only filling, which prevents you from overeating, but they help to control blood sugar levels. This carbohydrate is digested slowly and does not cause spikes in blood sugar like many other carbohydrate foods.
6. Baked Churro Donut Holes
No party is complete without a sweet treat. These donut holes deliver the right amount of sweetness and Mexican tradition without overloading on the calories.
The use of almond flour helps avoid any problems caused by gluten and egg, while the mashed banana and coconut oil get the right “doughy” consistency. Using these allows you to forgo excess sugar and butter.
You also bake these rather than fry them, which makes them a healthier alternative to the classic churro. Adding that cinnamon dust, you can trick your brain (and your guests) into thinking it’s an unhealthy indulgence.
The Bottom Line
Not all parties have to be bad for you. Break out the decorations and even the margaritas!
Cinco de Mayo is a festive and fun time of year full of color and flavor. Healthy treats don’t have to be boring. By following the recipes given here, your snacks will be the hit of any party.
So, grab a snack, and lift your glasses to celebrate the holiday and your good health.