May 2022. This article is independently written by Shelby Golding. All opinions given are hers. Shelby has been certified as a personal trainer and nutritional specialist since 2007. In 2008, she found her passion for writing about these topics and hasn't looked back.
The fast-food version of Mexican cuisine popular in the United States includes dishes packed with cheese, sour cream, and fatty meats. This version of Mexican food is thought to have originated during colonization in the 16th century. But authentic Mexican cuisine is full of healthy, nutrient-rich ingredients that make a valuable addition to any diet, including beans, corn, tomatoes, and wild greens.
These five Cinco de Mayo recipes will inspire you to add a little Mexican culture to your celebration this year. Keep reading for Mexican food fun facts and some easy-to-make healthy recipes.
3 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
1. Mexican Street-Style Corn Salad
● 1/2 cup cotija cheese (plus more to garnish)
● 1/2 red onion (diced)
● 1 red pepper (diced)
● 1 Jalapeno (optional)
● 1 bunch cilantro
● Corn chips
● 3 tbsp lime juice (fresh)
● 1 tbsp mayonnaise
● 1/2 tsp cumin
● 1/2 tsp paprika
● 1/4 tsp salt
● 1/4 tsp chili powder (optional)
Dice the red onion, red pepper, cilantro, and jalapeno. Cut the corn from the husks and mix it with the other vegetables in a large bowl. Then blend the ingredients for the dressing and add it to the bowl. Garnish with some sprigs of cilantro and cotija cheese. This healthy Cinco de Mayo recipe makes enough dip for 5-10 people. Serve with corn chips!
2. Cilantro Shrimp Bowls
If you don't like the taste of cilantro (about 10 percent of the population has a strong aversion to it). In that case, coriander is simply dried cilantro with a more palatable flavor and similar health benefits.
● 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
● 1 avocado (cubed)
● 1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
● 2 cups brown rice
For the cilantro shrimp marinade, you need:
● 1 bunch cilantro
● 3 cloves garlic
● 1/3 cup almonds or walnuts
● 2 jalapenos (halved and seeded)
● 6 scallions (ends cut off)
● 2 tbsp olive oil
● 1/3 cup water
● 2 tsp cumin
● 1 tsp chili powder (optional)
Cook the rice according to the instructions on the container. After an hour, halve the cherry tomatoes and cube the avocado. Lightly sauté the corn with a little butter and salt for about five minutes.
Pull the shrimp out of the marinade and sear in a pan on medium heat with some butter. Serve over rice with tomatoes, avocado, and corn. Garnish with a few sprigs of cilantro. This recipe will make enough for six people.
3. Fresh Chili Salad
Chilis speed up your metabolism and reduce appetite. They can improve joint health, fight inflammation, and may even lower your risk of developing cancer — this bright chili salad pairs spice, sweet, and savory for a balanced and refreshing spring meal.
For the fresh chili salad, you need:
● Spring mix
● 1/2 cucumber (sliced thin)
● 3 radishes (sliced thin)
● 1/3 cup cotija cheese
● 1/4 cup pickled red onions
● 1/3 cup corn
● 1 chili (sliced thin)
For the dressing, you need:
● 1 tbsp lime juice
● 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
● 1 tbsp olive oil
● Salt and pepper to taste
● 1 tbsp white Balsamic vinegar
● 1 tsp maple syrup
Start by sauteing the corn with butter and a little salt. Next, mix the dressing by placing all ingredients into a small jar and shaking to emulsify. You can also add them to a bowl and whisk. Use a mandolin to slice the cucumber, radishes, and chili if you have one. Add spring mix, vegetables, cotija cheese, red onions, corn, and chilies to a bowl. Pour dressing on when ready to serve. This recipe makes enough for four people.
Healthy Cinco de Mayo
Disclaimer: Kailo should not be used if you have a pacemaker or if you are pregnant. Always consult your doctor or health care professional before using Kailo.