Happy Cinco de Mayo!

mexican food healthy choicesToday people are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride and a commemoration of the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War (according to Wikipedia). As part of the celebration, you may be going out for Mexican food and having a margarita (or two). But before you do, you may want to know just what’s in some of those Mexican specialties before you indulge too much!

Here’s some nutrition info about Mexican favorites:

Instead of: Choose:
Frozen margarita: range from 250-300 calories Margarita on the rocks: 170 calories
Corona beer: 150 calories Corona light beer: 99 calories
Lemonade (8 oz): 165 calories Sparkling lemonade (1/2 lemonade, 1/2 seltzer): 83 calories
Crispy shell tacos  Soft shell tacos
Flour tortillas Corn tortillas
Taco bowl salads Salads sans taco bowl
Refried beans Black beans
Sour cream Salsa and/or Guacamole

The best piece of advice I can give you is to share! Portions at Mexican restaurants tend to be very big, so to keep your portions in check share with a friend.

Take a look at some of the previous Nutritioulicious posts about Mexican food:
Real Mexican Dining
Mexican Cooking at Home
Homemade Quesadillas
Wonderful Ways to Use Watermelon

What are you doing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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