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4 Ways to Have a Guilt-Free Cinco de Mayo


I love Cinco de Mayo, (check out a pic and my healthy nacho recipe from last year’s soirée) chips and salsa, guacamole, nachos, margaritas—what’s not to love? Not quite what you expected a Fit Foodie to say? Ok, it may not be the most health conscious holiday but with a few smart moves you can enjoy the day without derailing your diet. 

Here’s this Fit Foodie’s Cinco de Mayo shopping list:

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Fiber and Flax Corn Tortillas
Nutritionally speaking corn tortillas are typically better than flour with less than half the calories and carbs, and about one fifth the fat but these corn tortillas are supercharged with five grams of fiber and 200 milligrams of omega-3s. At just 45 calories each you get a whopping 20 grams of whole grains.

If you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo party at home try making your own chips by hitting these tortillas with cooking spray, sprinkling with salt, and baking them in the oven at 325 degress for about 20 minutes in the oven. Cut the tortillas into wedges for the lowest calorie (and sturdy) chip out there!

Food Should Taste Good Cantina Chips
If you’re heading out to a party, or just don’t have the time to make your own, Food Should Taste Good’s (FSTG) Cantina Chips are a great alternative. Made of just three all-natural ingredients: yellow corn, sea salt, and sunflower oil, you can feel good knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body. But it’s not just what they are made of but how they are made that’s so great. FSTG starts with stone ground yellow corn that is then baked and cooled. The chips are then lightly cooked in oil and sprinkled with salt—just like you would if you had made them at home. These tortillas still pack 140 calories and seven grams of fat per ounce, which is about nine chips, so I try to maintain a 10-chip rule. Then if I go over, I’m still under 200 calories with this salty snack!

Guy Fieri 7 Pepper Salsa
So what am I dipping these chips in? Salsa! This condiment is about as guilt-free as they come and right now I am obsessed with Guy Fieri’s 7 Pepper Salsa which packs just five calories per tablespoon. Aside from the seven peppers, this salsa is flavored with tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice. It is hot and it is good! Plus, you get a nice metabolism boost from those spicy habaneros. If you can’t stand the heat try the mild Salsa Verde which is also delish.

Tommy’s Famous Margarita Mix  
Margaritas are a must on Cinco de Mayo but they can pack over 500 calories when made with a sugary mix and squeezing fresh lime juice all night can be a tedious task (I know, I tried last year). Tommy’s Famous Margarita mix is made of purified water, squeezed lime juice, and 100 percent organic blue agave nectar. No sugar, no corn syrup, no preservatives.  At 22 calories and 5.5 grams of sugar per ounce a single margarita isn’t looking so bad. Pour yourself two ounces of tequila and two ounces of mix over one cup of ice and you’ve got yourself a large margarita for 182 calories! Sip slow and alternate with water for a happy seis de Mayo.

How do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Are you hosting or attending a party or will you be hitting the bar? What are you doing to ensure a tummy trouble-free May 6th?

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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