Recipe Round-up :: 12 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

 13 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes. Image via Food Network

13 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes. Image via Food Network

I love Mexican food, but I don't always love how I feel after I eat it. I try to stick with the recipes that call for less cheese and aren't as greasy as those tend to  up feeling like an anchor in your stomach. Really good Mexican food is neither heavy or greasy, but fresh, light and very flavorful. I've found recipes that are lower in carbohydrates, fat and calories while remaining true to their flavor. Be sure to go gently on the cheeses and the guacamole, and heavy on the fresh salsas. Instead of the burritos and enchiladas enjoy a soft taco with fresh fish, seafood or lean meat. Instead of white rice with your beans, try brown rice, or better yet, substitute the rices for quinoa. There are many healthy ways to enjoy you favorite Mexican foods, so go ahead and indulge with these healthy and delicious options to spice up your Cinco de Mayo! 

The Dashing Dish has created these marvelous Chicken Fajita Kabobs. Everything good and healthy about the fajita without the carb. Serve these with quinoa and you'll have a satisfying, healthy meal that won't leave you feeling full and uncomfortable. 

We are huge fans of quinoa and have started substituting this protein rich plant for couscous and rice. Here, infused with cilantro and lime, quinoa is a perfect healthy accompaniment to any fresh Mexican meal. Hop on over to Wonky Wonderful for the recipe. 

Since it's a celebration we can't really forgo all the bad. A taco or two really won't mean the demise of your healthy meal. SkinnyTaste has a great recipe for Grilled Shrimp Tostadas. I'm of the school that one can never have too much seafood!

I love a good tortilla soup. Hearty, healthy and wholesome. Though often Cinco de Mayo is warm, and today our temperatures are expected to reach up into the mid 70s, so I will be saving this for a cooler day, but for those of you who are experiencing cooler, rainier weather, this may hit the spot. I love that quinoa has been substituted for the white rice so often used. Hop on over to Chelsea's Messy Apron for the recipe. 

So Jerk Chicken isn't exactly Mexican, but it is so flavorful and so good, and if you like the spicy Jerk kick I say why not... Rules are meant to be broken, and if you roll them up in these tacos then you have a Jamaican influenced Mexican treat. Jerk is also great on fish and shrimp. Creme de la Crumb shares her recipe. 

Blackened fish tacos. 'Nough said. Then add the cilantro avocado sauce. Unless you don't like cilantro or avocado. Then leave it off. Or add a salsa. But there's nothing like a fresh fish taco. Nothing. Host the Toast will show you how to make these wonderful things. 

These baked honey lime chicken taquitos look delicious and so easy to make. (Hint, a market bought rotisserie chicken is the star of the show and saves a lot of prep time.) For something a little sweet and a little savory please visit Dessert Now, Dinner Later for the recipe. 

Cooking Classy offers an alternative to calorie laden guacamole. Hop on over to check out her recipe for Avocado Salsa. Guaranteed to be just as delicious and a little more figure-friendly.

I've never met a (savory) salsa that I've not liked. The Cabin Garden offers another variety with this refreshing Cucumber Salsa. Visit her site for the recipe. 

Margaritas, healthy? I know, right? Well Simply Real Health shows you THREE ways to make your favorite beverage a little bit healthier. Before you say Shut the Front Door! head on over to her site for the recipes. (She has a new cookbook coming out, btw, and it looks fabulous.) 

Rhubarb is en saison right now. Most of us associate this pink celery-like (but bitter-er) plant with strawberries - as in Strawberry-Rhubarb pie or crumble. But this pretty pink stalk makes for a tasty and beautiful Mojito. Hop on over to Will Cook for Friends for this mouth-watering recipe. 

Perhaps more Spanish than Mexican, the Sangria is really the perfect accompaniment to any summery, especially spicy meal. But here is a perfect twist making this a perfect Mexican beverage - Doesn't the idea of a Margarita Sangria sound appealing? Curious? Completely Delicious has the recipe.