4 Ways to Have a Guilt-Free Cinco de Mayo

There is a lot more to Cinco de Mayo than tequila and intoxication.  Memorializing Mexico’s victory over the French is worthy of celebration, and there is a way to celebrate that doesn’t completely sideline your health goals.  Here are FoodTherapyMD’s top 4 tips to keep your post-Cinco de Mayo regrets to a minimum.

  1. Don’t skimp on the cilantro.  Cilantro is as tasty as it is healthy.  It is rich in phytonutrients like flavonoids and polyphenols, so it possesses some amazing anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Cilantro has even been shown in studies to bind heavy metals and facilitate their elimination from the body.  Even when cinco de Mayo is in your rearview, it is definitely worth incorporating  it into to your culinary routine.
  2. More guacamole por favor!  Don’t believe what you hear about the fat in avocados.  Avocados do contain a hefty dose of fat, but is the healthy, monounsaturated type.  Avocados also are phytonutrient rich and anti-inflammatory.  And when tomatoes and onions are added to the mix, guacamole becomes a phytonutrient party in your belly.
  3. Beans are muy bien.  Despite what you may read circulating on the internet, the science is pretty clear on the health benefits of beans.  In addition to being an excellent fiber source and a great way to help regulate blood sugar levels, beans also contain a phytonutrient called phytates, which have been shown to inhibit the growth of pretty much every cancer cell tested, especially colorectal cancer.  In fact, a study done by the National Institutes of Health called the Polyp Prevention Trial, found that people who ate more beans decreased the odds of precancerous  colon polyps by 65 percent.
  4. Take a pass on the chips.  Believe it or not, there are ways to transport guacamole to your mouth without the use of fried tortilla chips.  Try opting for raw veggies like carrots, bell pepper, celery, or jicama instead.  It’s just as tasty, and better for you.

Just by keeping these few tips in mind, Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to be a disaster for your health. 

Salud! 

1 Comment

  1. sandi

    Thanks for the tips. More cilantro in my life. Yum.

    Reply

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