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Cinco Tips for a Healthier Cinco De Mayo

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Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro, Cinco De Mayo is here and I can honestly say that I do not know anyone who does not love Mexican food. The spice, the flavor, the party aromas, that make you want to be festive and fun!

But, while pumping up the spice, you can also pack on the pounds.

According to Registered Dietician, Julie Upton as reported on HuffingtonPost.com, "Mexican food is inherently simple ingredients. Just stick with the simple ingredients. There’s no reason you have to do a seven-layer dip."

Below you will see some of my “simple” recipes for a fabulous fiesta, but first let’s get the party started with a drink.

Who doesn’t like to start the party with a margarita? This limey delight is a favorite especially here in the Southwest.

According to Forbes.com, just one party-in-a-glass is 740 calories. Most of the time, margaritas are made with margarita mix, tequila and triple sec. Different variations of flavors are added to it such as strawberry, mango, etc.

Tip #1
Use A Lighter Margarita Mix or Diet Soda
My first tip has to do with modifying your margarita. There are many variations of lighter or “Skinny Margaritas.” My favorite trick is to use a diet lemon/lime soda and only half of the margarita mix. It adds a fizz minus extra calories.

Tip #2
Make a Mocktail Instead of a Cocktail
½ cup of pineapple juice
2 bottles of Perrier
¼ cup of strawberries
¼ cup of raspberries
1 orange (sliced)
3 limes
3 lemons
1 apple (sliced)
1 pink grapefruit
4 tablespoons of stevia powder

Pour pineapple juice and Perrier into a pitcher with all fruit except lemons and limes.
Squeeze juice from lemons and limes, then slice remainder of fruit and add to mixture. Add in stevia powder and stir.
Let sit overnight.

Tip #3
Use Low-Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas for Enchiladas
2 pound pkg. of chicken tenderloins
4 small low-carb whole wheat tortillas
½ cup green peppers
¼ cup chopped black olives
1 8-ounce jar of crushed tomatoes
1 jar of salsa
¼ cup of Monterrey Jack cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grill or stirfry chicken in medium skillet.

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