We love Mexican fare all year long, but on Cinco de Mayo there’s, even more, the incentive to celebrate with a delicious spread full of traditional dishes. While the south-of-the-border and Tex-Mex cuisine can be high in sodium and calories, preparing healthy Mexican recipes at home helps cut back on unhealthy ingredients, while keeping all of the fresh flavors you crave.
Get the party begin with a conventional Mexican street corn salad (values), try another take on tacos with a fresh tuna or vegetarian style, and complete with a refreshing cocktail that you can customize a dozen ways. Whether you’re hosting a feast with family and friends or looking for ideas for taco night, add a touch of Mexican motivation to the menu with these mouthwatering method with a healthy twist!
Mexican-Style Avocado Toasts
Make breakfast a holiday with this fun spin on avocado toast. The popular dish is not only super easy to whip up, but it’s a delicious approach to pack in a dose of healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help keep cholesterol levels in check and reduce the risk of heart disease. For Cinco de Mayo, give your toast a Mexican makeover by adding lime juice, cumin, and fresh salsa like The Vegetarian Food Lab does in this recipe.
Pineapple Portobello Tacos
If you are going meatless, these tangy tacos and sweet from The Vegan Chickpea make for a flavorful meal perfect for dining al fresco. The pineapple chunks are an excellent source of vitamin C, while portobello mushrooms offer a dose of vitamin D, an important nutrient that many Americans are deficient in. Pile on extra veggies like bell peppers, green onions, carrots, and top the tacos off with creamy avocado and salsa.
Spicy Tuna Tacos
Another healthy spin on a Mexican staple, these tuna tacos from Orale Mexican Kitchen are an incredible approach to cut back on red meat while providing a hefty dose of lean protein. Using fresh romaine lettuce wraps in place of corn or flour tortillas helps keep calories in check, and a hot salsa verde sauce made gives the meal a kick while providing a dose of potassium, vitamins C and E, niacin, and fiber.
The Cleanse Cocktail
Avoid the sugar- and calorie-bomb that is the margarita, and shake up your own thirst-quenching cocktail with Owl Brew’s tea-based blender. The super-simple Cleanse Cocktail is delicious with or without alcohol: just shake up the classic mix with jalapeño peppers (and a shot of tequila if you choose), and top with club soda. For a do-it-yourself version of their delicious, all-natural Classic mixer, brew a black tea (like English Breakfast) and include lemon and lime juice and a bit of agave for sweetness.