Healthier Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Do you look forward to Cinco de Mayo every year but wish you didn’t have to break your healthy streak? Turn to these better-for-you food and drink ideas to ace this Mexican-inspired holiday the healthy way:

Follow the 1:2 Rule

Give your Cinco de Mayo meals the 1, 2 punch! For every one decadent item you incorporate into a dish, use two lighter, more wholesome additions. For example, if you use ground beef or sausage to make enchiladas, add at least two hearty vegetables, such as kale and mushrooms, to make it filling without adding many calories. If your nachos are piled high with freshly grated cheese, add in chopped spinach and grilled shredded chicken to fill you up with vitamins, minerals, fiber and an appetite-curbing protein.

Be a Guac Star

Avocados are a popular Mexican super food that is rich, creamy and jam-packed with nutrients, including healthy monounsaturated fats, 3.5 grams of fiber per half avocado, antioxidants, 20 vitamins and minerals, and more potassium than a banana. If there is one food to have a little extra of this Cinco de Mayo, it’s this one. Instead of adding a cheese or sour cream topper, dice up a few slices of avocado.

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Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

California Fish Tacos

Serves 4



  1. Heat grill to high and oil grill.
  2. Season fish fillets with coriander, ½ tsp of salt and ¼ tsp of pepper.
  3. Grill until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. Break into small- to medium-sized pieces.
  5. In a medium bowl, toss together radishes and cucumber with lime juice, remaining tbsp oil, remaining ¼ tsp salt and remaining ¼ tsp pepper.
  6. Serve fish in corn tortillas with the cucumber relish, cilantro, cabbage and avocado.
  7. Serve lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition: 251 calories, 9.8g fat, 23.3g carbs, 4.3g sugar, 4.6g fiber, 20.4g protein

Recipe by Jorge Cruise, Celebrity trainer and bestselling author of “Tiny and Full.”

Spiked Guacamole

Serves 1 (recipe may be increased proportionally as needed)



  1. Mash avocado pieces in a bowl with lime juice.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Recipe courtesy of Tommy Bahama Restaurant.

Low-Calorie Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

This time of year, the already-famous Mexican cocktails, like the margarita and the michelada, get an even bigger fan base. Unfortunately, frozen margaritas are laden with sugar and can easily surpass 400 calories for one cocktail. A simple switch to a michelada saves you 75 calories instantly. Below are two delicious lower-calorie cocktails for a healthier celebration:

Casamigos Margarita Light



Shake ingredients with ice, then strain and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Mighty Micheladas



  1. Rub a sliced lime around the rim of your glass and dip it in the Tajín seasoning.
  2. Fill ¼ to ⅓ of your glass with Clamato juice.
  3. Mix in the Tapatío, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sauce and lime juice. Sprinkle in Tajín seasoning to taste.
  4. Pour in the beer until the glass is full.
  5. Garnish with a lime.

Nutrition: Sub in Michelob Ultra, which has 95 calories and 2.6 grams carbs per 12 ounces (compared to Negro Modelo, which has 170 calories).

Recipe courtesy of Ever in Transit.