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Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo upon us, it's easy to get caught up in the fiesta and forget all about those healthy eating habits we swore to back in January. Our summer holiday festivities don't have to stand in the way of our bikini bodies, so long as we equip ourselves with the right tools and mindset. Lots of cheese, sour cream, and other fat-laden foods that are associated with this day are also prone to making us feel less than amazing. Instead, as you celebrate this day of Mexican victory, here are 5 healthy snacks to try.

1. Spicy guacamole
Why purchase guacamole from the store when you can make it fresh yourself? Mash two large avocados in a bowl, adding a dash of chili powder, one chopped onion, and diced Serrano peppers. Splash with lime juice and top with diced tomatoes. Use fresh veggies rather than chips to dip into your homemade creation! Avocado contains monounsaturated fat to keep our skin plump and hair shiny, so eat up!

2. Faux-jito
It's easy to want to celebrate with alcohol on this holiday; it's been nicknamed "Drinko de Mayo" after all. For a lower calorie option, try a non-alcoholic mojito instead. Mix a cup of tonic water, a teaspoon of lime juice, a teaspoon of agave together, combining with muddled mint leaves and then pour over ice. Want to add more flavor? Try muddling a fruit of your choice with the mint for a little extra sweetness. Fresh mango is always a good go-to.

3. Tropical Pico de Gallo
Nothing goes better with your mango mojito than a tropical pico de gallo! Dice a ripe mango, half of a fresh pineapple (canned is not an option here), a red onion, and a handful of cilantro, mixing all ingredients well. This tropical twist on classic Pico de Gallo is sure to please.

4. Spicy Quinoa Bowls
When you're ready to munch on something more substantial, try one of these. With quinoa as its base, this snack packs a ton of plant based protein! In a large bowl, mix one cup of cooked quinoa, half a cup of black beans, half a cup of corn, and half a cup of chopped red pepper. In a smaller bowl, mix half a cup of a hot sauce of your choice, one tablespoon of maple syrup, one tablespoon of lime juice, a clove of diced garlic, and a handful of chopped cilantro. Pour the sauce mixture into the large bowl, stirring until it is spread evenly throughout. Spoon your quinoa into several small bowls as tapas and enjoy!

5. Cinco de Mayo Flags
Hopefully you haven't forgotten about dessert! Flan and tres leches cakes can be tempting, though here's a recipe that won't break the belt. On kebab sticks, stack first chopped strawberries, then bananas, and lastly star fruit in a repeating order to create the colors of the Mexican flag. These fruit kebabs are the perfect way to wrap up your meal.

No matter how you commemorate this holiday, these snacks are great for keeping you feeling fit and fab! Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

Lizzie Delacy is a Certified ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified ACE Health Coach, and yoga instructor here at Joy Yoga Center. For more info, visit her website at delacywellness.com.

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