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5 Ways to Plan a Guilt-Free Mexican Fiesta

Check out our favorite healthy appetizers, snack and drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo, including the 100-calorie margarita, the best tortillas, and more!

By Amy Zerello
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    The 100-Calorie Margarita

    Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Margarita is hundreds of calories less than any version you’ll find in a Mexican restaurant.

    Chips: Blue or Baked

    When it comes to tortilla chips, go blue or go baked. And speaking of baked, why not try making a batch yourself? You’ll save money, and skip out on a ton of unhealthy fats, hydrogenated oils, and food additives. Here’s an excellent recipe to try from healthyfoodforliving.com.

    Low-Cal Tortillas

    Lisa Lillien, bestselling author and founder of the Hungry Girl brand, has nothing but good things to say about La Tortilla Factory’s Smart & Delicious Low Carb, High-Fiber tortillas. In an installment of her weekly salute series, Lillien details what makes these tortillas so great, along with a handful of recipes to use them in.

    Guiltless Guacamole

    The avocado is a healthy source of MUFAs (that’s monounsaturated fats, for those of you that don’t know!) but the numbers don’t lie: avocados do pack a hefty calorie count. This Healthy Plate recipe blends avocados with spring peas to lighten things up. Serve alongside your homemade chips, or a side of sliced veggies, and dig in!

    Another idea: Epicurious’ mango pomegranate guacamole is a standout when it comes to guacs, not just for its taste, but for its healthy dose of antioxidants.

    Say Yes to Salsa

    The only second thought to have before opening a jar salsa is what you intend to dip with. As mentioned earlier, homemade tortillas are the healthy choice, followed by blue chips. Check out Real Simple’s review of jarred brands before you visit the supermarket.

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    Your Comments

    • Charro_21_11

      If you really want to have a Guilt-Free Mexican Fiesta, you must obtein many tequila.
      in mexico exist a typical phrase “comer lazar y razcar el trabajo es empezar”
      so I am really happy, that the American People conmemorate this special date.

    • http://www.doestrade.com/ Goaigo911

      I’m really disappointed. After suggesting that we make our own tortilla chips, you only mention jarred salsas instead of giving a recipe for homemade? Homemade salsa are so easy and at least 100% better than store-bought. Please give salsa recipes next time. I think so!

    • Mrdsfinefoods

      Why do you say open a jar of Salsa????
      You should always buy fresh Salsa or make your own.
      There is a HUGE difference!!!

    • Guest

      RD, I’m really disappointed. After suggesting that we make our own tortilla chips, you only mention jarred salsas instead of giving a recipe for homemade? Homemade salsa are so easy and at least 100% better than store-bought. Please give salsa recipes next time.