As May 5th quickly approaches, everyone is making plans for a guacamole and margarita filled Sunday. Yes, I know it's a Cinco de Mayo tradition, but did you know that a frozen margarita is a bona fide calorie bomb? This sugary, frozen drink can easily clock in at 500-plus calories. Just by switching to a classic margarita on the rocks—made from only tequila, triple sec and lime juice, you can shave off over 300 calories PER DRINK! If you want to indulge, I say go ahead and enjoy your frozen margarita, but stick to just one serving and drink responsibly.
· Red wine is loaded with antioxidants that are good for our heart. While white wine does contain antioxidants, white sangrias typically call for fruit juice and sweet liquors – meaning higher sugar counts!
WINNER: Red Sangria
Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips vs Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
· While blue chips are fun and different, they are still corn chips! The trick here is to look at the label of the chips you are buying – choose the brand with fewer calories, fat, or sodium. The health factor depends more on the brand of the chip, not the color!
WINNER: It’s a draw
Corn Tortillas vs Flour Tortillas
· A standard six-inch corn tortilla contains about half the fat and calories and one fourth the sodium of a similar-sized flour tortilla. If you switch to whole wheat flour tortillas your fiber intake would go up, but the calorie and fat levels are still there. Corn tortillas typically contain corn and water without all of the hard to pronounce (ie: unhealthy!) ingredients.
WINNER: Corn tortillas
To help you enjoy your Cinco de Mayo, here are two delicious recipes -
Fresh Tomato Salsa from EatingWell.com
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, or parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Guacamole from Foodnetwork.com
3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepped, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
Place the avocado in a large bowl, add the lime juice and toss to coat. Add the salt, cumin, & cayenne, and mash together with a fork. Fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Serve!