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Rock a Healthy Fiesta: 5 Cinco de Mayo Tips!

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and it's time to prepare for a fun-filled holiday! While festivities often involve delicious food and drinks, enjoying the celebration without compromising your health is possible. Here are five tips to help you maintain your wellness goals during the holiday weekend:

  1. Opt for Fresh Veggies Over Chips: Instead of reaching for high-fat chips, choose vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots for snacking. These fiber-rich and nutrient-dense options will keep you full and satisfied [1].
  2. Prepare Homemade Guacamole and Salsa: Store-bought versions of these Cinco de Mayo staples can contain unhealthy fats and preservatives. Try making your own with fresh ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, onions, and lime juice. Not only will homemade versions taste better, but they'll also be healthier [2]. Members and Paid Subscribers: Check out Ovvia's healthy recipesGuacamole and Salsa 3 Ways
  3. Rethink All-Night Margaritas: Traditional margaritas can be high in sugar and fructose, contributing to fat storage. Instead, try a skinny margarita with fresh lime juice, tequila, and a touch of agave nectar. Alternatively, enjoy a low-carb beer or red wine [3]. I recommend enjoying one margarita the way you like, and it doesn't have to be skinny. Then switching to one of these three beverages that won't spike blood sugar (Members and Paid Subscribers can access the complete recipe book and archive for those recipes and more!)
  4. Select Lean Protein: Choose grilled chicken or fish as your main course rather than fattier meats like pork or beef. Incorporate plenty of vegetables to add flavor and nutrients to your meal [4].
  5. Dance The Night Away: Dancing is an enjoyable way to stay active and manage blood sugar levels. Put on your favorite tunes and dance the night away, boosting your mood and fitness [5].

By following these tips, you can have a healthy Cinco de Mayo celebration without sacrificing taste or fun. Remember to indulge in moderation and make smart choices that align with your wellness goals.

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  1. American Heart Association. (2021). Healthy for Good: Tips for Eating Healthy at Parties and Events.
  2. Harvard Health Publishing. (2019). Guacamole: A Healthy Dip That's Easy to Make.
  3. Malik, V. S., et al. (2010). Sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care, 33(11), 2477-2483.
  4. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2021). Eat More, Weigh Less? How to Manage Your Weight and Enjoy Your Food.
  5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). Move more, and eat healthily.

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