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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 and creamy soups with their lower fat, reduced calorie counterparts. You'll save calories without sacrificing flavor. Also, swap out your standard flour tortillas with some low carb versions which will usually be at least half the calories but still get the job done. You can always reduce recommended amounts of things like cheese and sour cream as well. No one will know, I promise.

Margaritas " Did you know that one margarita can cost you up to 500 calories (calories vary based on place, mix, amount, etc.), but either way the calories add up! Did you know that Crystal Light now makes Cocktail Mixers?! And one of their varieties happens to be a margarita which means you'll be able to enjoy a margarita at about 100 calories instead of 500... that's worth sipping! Just remember, even with low calorie mixers, alcohol calories can add up fast, so keep liquid calories to a minimum. And always alternate each drink with a glass of water.

Tips if You're Going Out to Celebrate at a Mexican Restaurant:

- Limit your table to one basket of chips and resist the urge to refill when your waiter offers. They can have up to 500 calories per basket!
- Ask for half the sour mix and replace with club soda in your margarita and alternate each drink with a glass of water.
- Only order nachos if there are more than 4 of you sharing them. Ask for extra veggies, beans and light on cheese. Skip the sour cream and choose salsa instead.
- If you get something that comes with tortillas, limit yourself to two and then enjoy the rest of the fillings on their own.

Enjoy!

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

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