Cinco de Mayo, translated the fifth of May, is one of my favorite holidays. I love Mexican culture, the people, and especially the food. I love, love, love, Mexican food, but hate how unhealthy the American version can be with fattening refried beans, heavy cheese, sour cream, and more. Here’s a healthy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with grilled fish tacos, heart-healthy guacamole, and a mango margarita.
healthy fish tacos and healthy guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

This guacamole recipe is my go-to when I’m asked to bring something to a party. It’s fast and easy to make. Now if it was only easy to refrain from eating it all in the process.

1 ripe avocado
1 small tomato chopped
1 small lime juice
2-3 garlic cloves minced
1 small onion or shallot minced
3/4 cilantro bunch chopped
Sea salt and pepper

Chop and dice all ingredients. Combine and mix. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

guacamole recipe for a healthy Cinco de Mayo
healthy guacamole recipe for Cinoo de Mayo
healthy guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo
healthy guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo

I first learned about fish tacos in California and now they’re one of my favorite foods to eat. If you’re in a Mexican restaurant and you’re looking for a clean meal, go for the fish tacos or the fajitas. It’s rare that they’ll be fried and covered in cheese or sour cream. Try my healthy fish tacos with cabbage and kale slaw.

2 cups chopped red cabbage
2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
6″ corn tortillas
1 tilapia filet (around .4 lbs)
1/4 cilantro bunch chopped
1/2 cup shredded organic jack cheese

1. Chop 2 cups raw red cabbage and 2 cups raw kale. Toss cabbage and kale in large bowl with 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Let cabbage/kale slaw marinate while making guacamole. If you like pickled vegetables, make this cabbage/kale slaw a few hours earlier and let it sit.

healthy Cinco de Mayo with healthy fish tacos
Healthy Cinco de Mayo with healthy fish tacos

2. Lightly season tilapia with sea salt and pepper. Grill tilapia over medium heat.

healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo

3. Warm corn tortillas in skillet, 15-20 seconds each side.

healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo

4. Fill corn tortillas with tilapia, cabbage/kale slaw, guacamole, cilantro, and sprinkle with cheese. You will have left over guacamole and slaw. Use remaining slaw as a side salad. Eat remaining guacamole with chips. I love Garden of Eatin’ Pico de Gallo chips. I can never have enough of those!!! Tip: if you fill your plate with cabbage and kale slaw, you won’t have as much room for those devilish delish chips 🙂

healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo
healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo
healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo
healthy fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo

And of course no Cinco de Mayo party is complete without a margarita. Get my healthier mango margarita recipe after the jump.

healthy margarita Cinco de Mayo

Alcohol breaks down in your body as sugar. If you choose to drink liquor, health experts suggest vodka or tequila, which is easier to break down in your body and has many health benefits. Choose quality tequila that has “100% Agave” on the label. Mexican law requires that tequila be made only from the blue Weber agave plant. American tequila is mixed with other liquors, which causes those nasty hangovers. My mango margarita is not necessarily healthy, but it is the healthier choice because I use 100% agave tequila. I like Clase Azul Tequila; it’s organic and comes in a pretty bottle.

Combine 1 shot Clase Azul Reposado tequila, and equal parts organic mango juice and sparkling water. Add ice cube and a twist of lemon.

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? If so, please drink responsibly.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Lean Girls!

  • BriBlessed79

    Looks delicious!!

    • It WAS delicious @briblessed79:disqus. Happy Cinco de Mayo lady!

  • Josh Greenwald

    Sweet post Grace!

    In Anthony Bourdain’s new episode he goes to Oaxaca and shares some of the incredible traditional Mexican food there. The stuff he gets from there markets and samples is way different than what we call Mexican here. He even sample traditional foods that were pre-Spanish era from the natives there!

    • @josh_greenwald:disqus – I’m pretty convinced Mexicans laugh at our version of Mexican food. During my time in Mexico, I was shocked to learn that the tacos tasted nothing like our tex-mex…and that they didn’t eat burritos, or anything of the like. True Mexican food is also a bit healthier than our fried, cheesy stuff. Can’t wait to go back to Mexico one day!

  • emmillerwrites

    I almost forgot… Cinco de Mayo means happy unbirthday, Grace!

    • @emmillerwrites:disqus – Oh yes, happy unbirthday to me! I always forget to celebrate every year 🙂

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