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How to Have a Nutritious Cinco de Mayo

Posted on 5/1/2012 by Patricia Bannan // Filed in Playlist // Leave a Comment


Although popular interpretations of Mexican foods can be loaded with fat and calories, Mexican cuisine can be quite healthy and delicious!  Beans, chilies, limes, rice, fish, avocado, corn, and cilantro are just a few of the super healthy staple ingredients that make up traditional Mexican fare.  Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and try out some of these festive and nutrient-packed recipes.

Quick Quesadilla: For an easy snack or appetizer, plan ahead and grill up some veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions.  When it’s time to eat, spread a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco and Chipotle Cheese Wedge on your favorite tortilla, top with veggies, and heat up quickly on the grill.  Cut into wedges for a super-fast and lower-calorie appetizer to get your party going!

Taco Salad: This American spin on Mexican cuisine is a crowd pleaser, but enormous taco shell bowls and creamy dressings can make it a dietary disaster.  Start with the basics: chopped lettuce, olives, tomatoes, red onions, and black beans.  Make a spicy vinaigrette dressing with some lime juice, olive oil, chopped cilantro and chili flakes.  Toss with the salad and top with a few broken tortilla chips – gives you all of the flavor, but with a much better fresh-to-fried balance than the original!

Festive Fruit: Pay homage to the red, white and green of the Mexican flag with a tasty fruit tray for dessert.  Fill one side of a platter with strawberries, pomegranate seeds and fresh cherries. On the other side, add sliced green apples and pears, and some green grapes.  For a dip, try Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread Classic Cream 1/3 Less Fat with some limejuice, garlic, roasted pepper and zest mixed in for a simple and refreshing dessert.

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