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?

Periscope: Organic Produce at my Door

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I had fun with  my recent doorstep drop of organic fruits and veggies. I LOVE  getting these  healthy goodies dropped at my door.  Check out  the replay of my video on Pereiscope for the next  24 hours (search elaineswann)  and check back here as I share my  recipes over the week.  FUN!!

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I  absolutely love getting this delivered to my doorstep it's like opening up a box of Christmas gifts. I'm always so excited to see what's inside for the week.  I've tried a couple of different programs and I am really satisfied with this particular one because they deliver the produce directly to your front door. In the past I've had to go and pick up the produce from another location and that was a little inconvenient and defeated my purpose of attempting to save time. Now on the saving money part, I really do save money.  

This particular box is a regular size box and runs about $33 bi-weekly that's only a little over $16 or so each week for organic fruits and veggies! You can't pay that in a retail store for this amount of food. Additionally the fruits and veggies really  do last quite some time.   Perhaps it's because they're organically grown and not modified with a bunch of other stuff. The other cool thing about this is I plan my weekly meals around what I have received in my box. This helps me to think ahead and of course I  save time and money.  

 I'm not quite sure what I'll be making over the next week or so but off the top of my head I'm thinking of preparing a potato leek soup. I'll let you know what I decide and I'll be sure to share pictures and recipes as well.

Here's what was in my  haul for today : 

1 lb White  Avalanche Potato 

1 Cantaloupe Melon

1 Keitt Mango

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3 Gala Apples 

3 Bartlett Pears

2 Yellow Nectarines 

1 Ruby  Star Grapefruit 

1 Slicing Cucumber 

1 Bunch of Kale

1 Serving  of King Richard  Leeks 

1 1/2 lb Gypsy Peppers