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Healthy Cinco de Mayo!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I used to live in Mexico and did my graduate work there (Tampico and Morelia) and have great affection for this amazing country and people. While Cinco is a very non-celebrated holiday in Mexico (kind of like Flag Day here), I appreciate how Mexican-Americans have embraced it to show pride in their heritage.

Every non-Mexican I know asks me what I'm doing for Cinco and sadly I'll be grading papers for my Spanish classes (yeah not that fun). I'll be skipping the margarita but have decided to make a healthy Mexican dinner. A lot of Mexican food gets a bad rap but it's actually quite healthy. I have fresh beans in the crockpot, I'll switch out my white rice for brown (still adding veggies Mexican style) and I'm still torn on what to do for the meat. I'm thinking some lime chicken with avocado and cabbage salad.

A lot of what makes Mexican food unhealthy are actually Tex-Mex traditions, tortilla chips, all that cheese, sour cream, etc. A good jaliciense friend owns a Mexican restaurant and he's great about adjusting my ingredients to make them more traditional.

Still, that being said, I could smash a whole plate of beans without thinking. They are good calories but a lot of them.

If you do honor Cinco de Mayo, do it the lean way.


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