12 Ways to Make Mexican Food Healthy

Take your fiesta from fatty to fit with these smart swaps, sizzling spices, and more

April 30, 2012
Mitch Mandel
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Oversized margaritas, cheesy enchiladas, and never-ending nacho bowls can turn your Mexican fiesta into a fatty nightmare. “People tend to smother their dishes with cheese, sour cream, and refried beans,” says Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet. “But the basic ingredients of Mexican cuisine are quite good for you.” Think black beans, fresh tomatoes, and spicy peppers. (Find out how salsa can help you shrink!) This Cinco de Mayo, bust the piƱata—not your gut—by indulging in these diet-friendly South of the Border staples

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