Cinco de May-uhoh?

Cinco de Mayo is kind of like St. Paddies Day…everyone’s a little mexican on Cinco de Mayo! Ok – well maybe it hasn’t caught on in the states quite as much as St. Paddies day… but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! And this year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday! Not quite as good as a Friday or Saturday, but I’ll take it! Remember the good ole days of college when you wouldn’t think of missing out on a Thirsty Thursday? Well, nows your chance to live it up a little! And the best news? You don’t have to kill your diet to have a little fun this thursday!

Skip the Taco Bell – If you going to satisfy your craving for mexican food, either make it at home or go to an authentic mexican restaurant. I guarantee it will be healthier than Taco Bell. Ideally, opt for dishes made with chicken instead of pork or beef, and dishes with less cheese. My favorite? Chicken tacos (in authentic corn tortillas of course) loaded with tomatoes, salsa, and lettuce.

Gimme Some Guac – Guacamole is one of your best choices for Cinco de Mayo fare.  It’s easy to make at home, and always delish! Plus, its made with 100% veggies. It’s loaded with healthy fats and packed with flavor! For an extra healthy option, use carrot sticks, cucumbers, or peppers to dip instead of chips. Yum!

Drink up! – Don’t tell your boss, but Cinco de Mayo has some GREAT drink options that you really MUST imbibe in…even if it is a Thursday night. If you really really really need that margarita, try Skinny Girl margarita mix…it’s MUCHO lower in calories. But my favorite drink for Cinco de Mayo is a Chelada (or Michelada). Here are the recipes for these authentic mexican drinks!

1 bottle mexican beer (corona…)
1 glass, half filled with ice
aprx 3 TB lime juice
Splash a health dose of lime juice into your ice filled glass. Toss in some salt. Add the beer. If your feeling extra special, rim your glass with salt too!
Michelada (recipe courtesy of my friend LIZ!)
1 bottle mexican beer 
1 glass, half filled with ice
aprx 3 TB lime juice 
chili pepper flakes
maggi jugo sauce (mexican hot sauce)

The best part about these drinks? Theres a lot of ice and lime juice, so you end up drinking less beer/consuming slightly fewer calories!

Have a happy, healthy day! Ole!!!




  1. Karen said,

    May 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Those sound delicious! I love lightened up drink ideas.

  2. May 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Delicious – I love lightened up drink recipes.

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