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by Meghan Tiernan, MS, RD, LDN

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Who says celebrating fun holidays has to ruin your diet? I certainly don't! Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and here are a few tips to allow you to celebrate without completely derailing your diet.

When I think of Cinco de Mayo, I think of classic Mexican food. Nachos, enchiladas, guacamole and margaritas... yum! My first piece of advice: Throw your own Cinco de Mayo party, or offer to bring a healthy dish to a party someone else is throwing.

Some other tips:

Nachos Nachos can be delicious and a great way to feed many people. Which is how they should be served... to many! Many mouths mean less calories consumed by you. Also, add bulk and not calories to your nachos by loading them up with veggies, beans, and using reduced fat cheese. Serve with salsa, and skip the sour cream.

Guacamole While guacamole is only about 50 calories per 2 tablespoons by itself, it's what you use to eat the guac that really puts its calories over the edge. Did you know that a serving of tortilla chips is usually about 7 chips and is about 140 calories. I'm sure you can think back to the last time you had tortilla chips and how easy it is to lose track of how many you've eaten. My suggestion is to keep your intake of tortilla chips to one serving and then try dipping veggies into your guacamole to keep the calorie intake at a respectable level.

Enchiladas By making enchiladas yourself, you have complete control of what you put in and on top of them, making them an easy, lower calorie and delicious Mexican meal option. Replace high calorie ingredients such as sour cream, cheese ...    Continue

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@ 6:52pm ET on November 1, 2014 Thanks for the tips
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