As Cinco de Mayo approaches, stay health focused this holiday by preparing healthy takes on Mexican classics. Using fruit and vegetables that are currently in season, you can prepare festive options that are delicious, in season and are full of detox properties.
Corn is a great Mexican staple that is also great for your health goals. This super veggie contains 4 grams of fiber for each up of kernels, which you can find in about one large ear, and is great for helping to prevent against chronic diseases. Research suggests that fiber-rich foods including corn can boost weight loss by helping you to feel fuller after you eat which in turn, can help you eat less this holiday. You can either grill corn or spice it up making a healthy twist on a popular Mexican classic by preparing organic corn & basil cakes.
Bring on the guacamole! Avocados are full of flavor this time of year and are full of silymarin, an antioxidant that helps your liver process toxins, and cynarin, an acid that supports your liver’s ability to break down fatty foods. Traditional guacamole can often be loaded with sodium, but in making your own healthier homemade version, you can enjoy this delicious dip without any of the guilt. Consider making a roasted garlic guacamole, made from 6 large cloves of garlic grilled, 6 ripe medium avocadoes, fresh cilantro and 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. The garlic adds flavor without the need for much salt, and can improve your iron metabolism. Research is also finding that garlic consumption may actually help regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body, so feel free to enjoy in moderation!