Let’s face it. We love any excuse to celebrate, especially when margaritas and Mexican food are involved! But having a go at all the tortillas chips and tacos can really wreck havoc on your healthier eating efforts. Practice these 4 tips to keep your health in mind this Cinco de Mayo:
- Plate Your Portions: Instead of grabbing all the chips and queso at your leisure, be purposeful in serving yourself a balanced plate — one that’s 50% fruits and/or vegetables (like bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and shredded lettuce), 25% protein (such as chicken, fish, shrimp, beef, pork or beans) and 25% grains (we’re talking about tortilla chips, tortillas, and rice). This will allow you to enjoy what you want, but cut back on quantities for less fat, calories and sodium.
- Order A La Carte: Opt out of your usual massive Mexican meal by simply ordering just want you want off the a la carte menu instead of your entree and then some. You’ll feel full, but not stuffed so you can samba your way to your next Cinco destination.
- Stick to Salsa: This all-purpose dip is excellent on anything! It’s packed with antioxidants and flavor fit for you and any Mexican food that comes your way. The average salsa contains just 10 calories and 0 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons compared to 90 calories and 7 grams of fat (4.5 grams of which are un-heart-healthy saturated fat) in the all-so-popular queso blanco.
- Choose Better Booze: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying an alcoholic beverage, but beware those pre-made mixers which are packed full of added sugars. Try subbing that margarita mix for equal parts club soda for 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar. This simple decision can save you up to 110 calories per drink! It’s a healthier option you can say “si” to!