Cinco de Mayo: Dieting While Celebrating

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to be a time to break away from your nutritional regimen. There are many ways to substitute ingredients, but not taste, and enjoy a healthy holiday. Here are three tips for a more wholesome Cinco de Mayo.

Tip #1: Swap rice for cauliflower

It doesn’t sound all that tasty but cauliflower is a great substitute for rice. The vegetable is less than 30 calories per serving and can be steamed in the same manner that one would cook rice. You can eat a whole bowl of cauliflower without feeling guilty while eating rice in the same way would warrant additional calories and time at the gym.

Tip #2: Implement the healthy taco bar

Have friends visiting for the holiday? Want to serve something that won’t tip the scales?Consider the healthy taco bar. Switching out one pan of meat for beans gives guests the option of a vegan experience. If you serve meat, choose 93 percent lean ground beef or turkey and use half of the taco powder instead of the whole packet during preparation. Such actions reduce sodium and calorie intake.

Tip #3: Modify your margarita

The average margarita served at a restaurant carries upwards of 600 calories. That’s a whole meal! You can adjust your drink by mixing tequila, zero-calorie sparkling water, and lime juice. Not only do these modifications provide a great taste but they lower the calorie intake from 600 to 100 per serving. How’s that for dieting?