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Eating healthy on Cinco de Mayo Is Easier Than You Think

It is time for the ultimate #TacoTuesday … Cinco de Mayo 2020 is upon us!

If you are on a diet (or just trying not to gain the “Quarantine 15”) … you may think that a fiesta of tacos, tortillas, and tequila is off-limits.

No doubt, many standard Mexican dishes are full of calories, which could easily result in a dieting disaster!

But you don’t have to skip the Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Without all of the oils, sauces, and cheese, most of the ingredients that make up your favorite Mexican dishes are very waistline-friendly.

  • Lean Meat
  • Fiber-Rich Beans
  • Rice
  • Vegetables
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Herbs and Spices (like cilantro, chile peppers, etc.)

The base for most Mexican cuisine is very diet-friendly! Which makes modifying your Cinco de Mayo spread super easy!

Grab your sombrero…
We’ve got a Cinco de Mayo menu that will allow you to
enjoy the festivities and stay on track!

Before we give you TEN different macro-friendly recipes, here is a Cinco de Mayo FUN FACT for ya … in case you want to impress your fiesta crew!

Did you know… Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is not a Mexican holiday?
Many people confuse it with Mexican Independence Day (that isn’t until September.)

Cinco de Mayo is actually a day that commemorates the Battle of Puebla when the Mexican army had victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War.

Except for the city of Puebla, where they celebrate with a military parade and mock battle, Cinco celebrations are pretty low-key in Mexico.

Americans, however, use the day as an excuse to eat tacos, bottomless bowls of chips and salsa and pound pitchers of margaritas!

I mean, we aren’t complaining… any excuse for some tacos and tequila, right?

Enough history… let the fiesta begin!


This bowl reminds us of a sunny day at the beach! It is so flavorful that you won’t even miss the carb-filled tortilla! We are using white fish, but you can substitute grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp!

Bowl Ingredients:

  • 3-6 oz White Fish (Mahi Mahi, grouper, flounder, and are excellent choices)
  • 1-2 cups Cauliflower Rice (make your own or buy pre-made)
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • Salsa (we love mango or pineapple salsa for this bowl)
  • ½ tsp each of cumin, paprika, chili powder.
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients:

  • ⅛ Cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ tsp Lime Juice
  • ¼ to ½ Avocado
  • Seasoning of choice (just salt/pepper is tasty)

Garnish Options:

  • Sliced Avocado
  • Low-Fat Shredded Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Additional Salsa or Pico



  1. Mix together dry spices in a small bowl.
  2. Rinse fish and pat dry.
  3. Rub seasoning mixture into both sides of fish.
    *Cook fish however you wish. We are cooking stovetop*
  4. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat to medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is heated, place fish in pan and cook 2-4 minutes per side.
  6. Take fish off heat and cover to keep warm.

(Cauli Rice)
Make cauliflower rice, or steam pre-made. Once cooked, add in lime juice and salt.

In a small bowl, mix together greek yogurt, lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Assemble Your Bowl
Place cauliflower rice in a bowl, top with fish and mango salsa.
Garnish with chopped cabbage and yogurt lime sauce and choice of other toppings!



There really isn’t a special recipe here (however we are gonna give you one for some inspo.)

All you do is think of what you love in and on a burrito .. and throw it in a bowl instead of wrapping it in a carb-heavy flour tortilla!

With all the flavors and volume, you won’t miss the carbs! Plus, skipping out on rice or a tortilla means you save calories for an extra Skinny Margarita instead (recipe for that is below.)

Get creative and use your favorite lean protein, veggies, and garnishes!
Here is how we like to make our bowl ….

Bowl Ingredients:

  • Lean meat of choice (grilled chicken, lean shredded pork, lean steak, fish, shrimp, etc.)
  • Lots of shredded lettuce
  • Steamed cilantro lime rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.
  • Sauteed Fajita Veggies
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Salsa
  • Pico
  • Guac

Bowl Instructions:

Make your meat however you choose using seasonings that compliment Mexican fare!
We are using a lean sirloin steak rubbed with a cilantro lime seasoning.

Make your steamed rice, cauli rice, or quinoa (add lime, cilantro, and salt for extra flavor.)

Sautee Veggies (we are using olive oil cooking spray, peppers, onions, and mushrooms)

Crack open a can of corn and black beans and heat them up on the stove or microwave.

Put a ton of shredded lettuce in a big bowl. Mix in some salsa, lime juice, and seasoning to give your lettuce a little extra flavor. Pile in all your ingredients. Mix up. Top with garnishes of choice…. dig in!


Typically we would tell you that a quesadilla should be a hard pass. At a restaurant, this carb-heavy menu staple is fried in oil and filled with hundreds of calories of cheese, with very little (and sometimes no) protein and veggies. But it is easy to give this typically high-calorie Mexican staple a healthy upgrade at home!

*Recipe makes 4 quesadillas*


  • 10 oz Raw Chicken Breast
  • 4 small multi-grain tortillas, corn tortillas, or low carb wraps
  • ¼ cup hummus of choice (we like red pepper, jalapeno, etc.)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup black beans
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp goat cheese
  • 1 small sliced avocado
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Salsa or Pico
  • Coconut oil spray

*optional for added protein and dipping*
FF Greek Yogurt (great substitute for sour cream)


  1. Spray a non-stick skillet with spray and heat on medium-high
  2. Saute 1 tbsp minced garlic and onions. Add chicken (thinly sliced) and cook about 12-15 minutes or until fully cooked.
  3. Spread hummus onto each of your tortillas.
  4. On one side of your tortillas – evenly distribute your cooked chicken mixture, black beans, goat cheese, sliced avocado, and some fresh chopped cilantro.
  5. Fold tortillas in half.
  6. Spray skillet with oil and allow skillet to heat to medium heat.
  7. Add quesadillas and cook (one at a time or however much space you have in the pan) for about 2 minutes per side.
  8. Press down w/spatula, so they flatten out.

Top with salsa and dip in greek yogurt!

** TIP **
If you don’t like plain greek yogurt, try mixing in some lime juice, taco seasonings, smashed avocado, or even some low sugar ketchup (yes ketchup, don’t knock it till you try it.)


Turkey isn’t a protein you would typically find on the menu at your favorite Mexican restaurant, but this lean protein makes delicious tex mex tacos!

*Makes 3 tacos*


  • 6 oz 93/7 or 99 lean ground turkey
  • 1 pepper – chopped
  • ½ onion – chopped
  • ¼ cup roasted corn
  • ½ cup black beans (drained)
  • ¼ smashed avocado
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Your choice of veggies
  • 3 tablespoons fat free plain greek yogurt
  • 3 corn tortillas

(Seasoning for Turkey)

  • Cumin
  • Chipotle Chili Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Paste
    *You can also use a packaged taco seasoning if you prefer*


  1. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Spray with cooking spray or use a little bit of olive oil or coconut oil to coat the pan.
  3. Add bell pepper and onion and saute on high heat for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add ground turkey and seasonings to the pan and cook until meat is crispy and golden brown.
  5. Add black beans and corn.

Prepare the avocado lime sauce by combining lime juice, avocado, and greek yogurt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Chop fresh cilantro and veggies of choice.

Warm corn tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Build your tex mex turkey tacos and enjoy!



One of the quickest ways to eat a TON of calories in no time… is with chips and dips!

For “chips” … there are lots of baked versions you can purchase. But if you want to make your own tortilla chips, it is super simple!

Tortilla Chip Ingredients:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Olive or Avocado Oil Spray (or a tiny bit of the actual oil)
  • Salt

Tortilla Chip Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut corn tortillas into triangles.
  • Spray or lightly brush with oil.
  • Sprinkle on some salt.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake about 10 minutes, or until crispy!

If you want to save some carbs, a great alternative to chips would be fresh veggies, like peppers, celery, and zucchini!

For “dips”… salsa is always a safe choice, especially if you make your own at home.

Guacamole is another popular choice. While guac is made with healthy avocados, it is easy to overeat this delicious chip dipper!

But with a simple recipe trick, you can easily add “bulk” to your guacamole so you can
enjoy more… for less!

Skinny Guacamole Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large zucchini cut into chunks OR 1 cup steamed peas

Skinny Guacamole Instructions:

(zucchini version)

  • Place the chopped zucchini in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high until tender (3-5 minutes.)
  • Drain any liquid by pressing lightly on the zucchini.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Add avocado, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce, and salt. Mash with a fork until combined.

(pea version) *using peas will make the guac slightly sweeter*

  • Lightly steam peas. Allow to cool and then mash by hand or place in a food processor and pulse until the peas are smooth.
  • Transfer peas into a large bowl and add the rest of the guacamole ingredients above, minus the zucchini (Adding both could work too. More veggies is never a bad thing.)
  • Mix well, mashing the avocado as you stir.



Also known as Elote, this delicious corn dish was given the nickname “Mexican Street Corn” because it is a staple for street vendors in Mexico.

You can get fancy and make/serve it on a stick like they do .. or skip the stick .. and place it straight on the grill. If you don’t have a grill, you can also make the corn in the oven.
Can’t find corn on the cob? Use canned or frozen corn, mix in the other ingredients, and serve it off the cob!


  • 4 medium corn on the cob (husked and silk removed)
  • ¼ cup light or fat free mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp plain fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp
  • ½ tsp ancho chile powder
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp cotija cheese (Can sub crumbled fat free feta for an even healthier version, see notes)
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Lightly spray corn with cooking spray.
  3. Place corn on the grill, turning occasionally.
  4. Cook until tender and slightly charred (10-15 minutes.)
  5. While the corn is on the grill, combine all ingredients except the cheese in a small bowl.
  6. When corn is ready, brush with the mixture and then sprinkle each ear with 1 Tbsp cheese. Add a few more shakes of chili powder for an extra kick!

*While they both have a similar texture and mild salty flavor, feta cheese will not taste the same as cotija. Because feta is easy to find and comes in a fat free variety, it is a decent substitute that could serve as a lower-calorie option. Grated parmesan cheese could also be a substitute.



Mexican sangria is a traditional Spanish beverage that combines wine, fruit, sugar, and some spices. It is known to have a slightly higher alcohol content than Spanish sangria and pairs well with spicy foods!

We are gonna go a MUCH healthier route with a sangria “mocktail” that contains BCAAs, making it a perfect post-workout treat! Because we know you are gonna get in a sweat session before your fiesta, right?

1 scoop Sculpt Nation Fruit Punch BCAAs
1 cup fruit of choice (examples: sliced blood oranges, sliced peaches, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. We love the combo of oranges, peaches, and strawberries.)
4 oz diet ginger ale
8 oz water

Add water, a scoop of Sculpt Nation BCAAs, fruit, and ginger ale (in this order) to a shaker cup. Shake up and serve chilled!

Why BCAAs?
For starters, they are delicious and add flavor to your drink for no added calories (you can’t say the same with typical fruit juices or sangria mixes.)

But they can also provide tons of recovery benefits! So if you take us up on our Cinco Tips (below) and get in a good training session before your fiesta… this Sangria recipe would be a great post-workout drink!

BCAAs (or branched-chain amino acids) assist in helping you recover from your training sessions much faster. They provide exactly what your body needs to support getting into an anabolic state (muscle building and fat burning) – and help repair the damage training causes to your muscle fibers. Quicker recovery means… less muscle soreness!

Faster recovery is only one perk of supplementing with quality BCAAs. The essential amino acids in our Sculpt Nation blend have been shown to assist with and support…

  • Adding Lean Muscle
  • Increasing Fat Burn
  • Enhancing Endurance
  • Maintaining muscle when in a calorie deficit

Grab yours HERE!

Cinco de Mayo isn’t complete without a margarita! Save some calories and splurge a little with a SKINNY version of this Mexican staple!


  • 1-2 oz Tequila (we have our eye on the one The Rock just released)
  • 2 tbsp of juice from a fresh lime
  • 1 can of Diet Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 1 small packet of diet powdered drink mix (Use a flavor like strawberry if you want a flavored margarita, or lemonade flavor if not.) *If you don’t have this, you can also use a splash of orange juice, or some orange extract and stevia!


  • Rub a lime wedge on the rim of your glass and coat in sea salt if you like a salted rim!
  • Add tequila, diet soda, diet powdered drink mix, and fresh lime juice to a glass filled with ice.
  • Give it a quick stir and enjoy!

If you don’t want to drink all of your calories, or don’t drink alcohol but still want the taste of a margarita, this GREENS {MOCK}ARITA is not only low in calories and alcohol-free but also packs a delicious superfood punch!

The addition of Sculpt Nation GREENS to this refreshing mocktail gives you alkalizing greens, antioxidants, and adaptogenic herbs and botanicals! But that’s not all … this {mock}arita can help prime your body to support burning fat, building muscle, and increasing performance!

Oh… did we mention the botanicals that help support a normal, healthy inflammatory response? Collagen, Turmeric Root, and Rhodiola Root are also in our GREENS mix… helping support your joints and speed-up recovery between workouts.

Unlike its alcohol and sugar-filled sister .. the only “hangover” you will have from this healthy GREENS {MOCK}ARITA … is a shortcut to promoting faster fat loss and superior health!


  • 1 cucumber (cut into large pieces)
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • Ginger (about 1-2 inch piece)
  • 2 limes (peeled)
  • 1-2 scoops GREENS by Sculpt Nation
  • 2 cups water (or coconut water)
  • Lime Wedges & Sea Salt (For Rim)


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Rub the lime wedge on the rim of your glass and coat in sea salt.
  4. Serve over ice and enjoy!

This isn’t necessarily a “Cinco” themed drink .. but it is so freaking delicious we have to pass it on! You can also pour this mixture into molds, freeze, and enjoy a healthy popsicle!


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (no stem)
  • 1 ½ cups cubed (seeded watermelon)
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons stevia (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 Scoop Sculpt Nation Greens Strawberry


  1. Place everything in your blender and begin to blend.
  2. Add small amounts of water if/as needed to reach a “slushie” consistency!
  3. Serve and sip!

If none of these recipes entice your taste buds… there are plenty of healthy swaps you can make that will allow you to stick to your diet…

Here are some tips!

Fresh Veggies: No limit here! Veggies are a great way to add “bulk” to your Cinco dishes. Just don’t cook them in a ton of oil. Steam or saute with cooking spray!

Lean Meats: grilled chicken, white fish, shrimp, and even lean shredded pork loin! Load up on lean protein.

Salsa: This condiment adds tons of flavor to your food and is very low in calories and carbs.
If you are watching sodium, many store-bought salsas are super high in sodium! You can always make you own!

Tortillas: Opt for “thin” or mini street size tortillas. Another option is to mix things up. Have 1-2 tortillas, and for the rest of your tacos, use a lettuce wrap instead!

Rice: Nothing wrong with rice! Just be mindful. This small grain can add up to some significant carbs! Also, pass on rice cooked in oil and use steamed rice flavored with things like lime juice and cilantro! If you want to add bulk to your rice, do a 50/50 mix of rice and cauli rice!

Guacamole: Avocados are very healthy! But it can be easy to eat a full day’s worth of fat in one sitting of chips & guac if you aren’t careful! Remember that even “healthy” foods have calories! If you want more “bulk,” try our lower fat guac recipe above.

Fruit Based Salsa: This is another example of how healthy foods still have calories. There is nothing wrong with fruit, but keep in mind fruit based salsas do have more carbs.

Low-Fat Cheese: The same rule applies here! Just be mindful! A sprinkle can go a long way in adding flavor to your dishes!

Beans: This is another super healthy food that we encourage you to add to your dishes! Just keep in mind that beans do have a decent amount of both protein and fat and not ALL beans are healthy (skip the refried.)

Full Fat Cheese: Things like queso dip, etc.

Anything Fried: Eat black beans instead of refried beans. Baked chips instead of fried chips. Soft flour or corn tortillas instead of crispy taco shells.

Fattier Cuts Of Meat: Many Mexican restaurants use fatty cuts of beef, chicken thighs instead of breast, and pork shoulder instead of a leaner loin. Make sure you are using lean cuts of meat for your dishes.

Sugary Pre-Mixed Drinks: Of course, alcohol has calories, but so do the sugary mixes you use to make your favorite margarita! Skip the pre-made mixes, or things like triple sec, and make your own using our recipe above. You should use caution with alcohol in general. It’s not just the “empty” calories in the drinks themselves, it’s also the temptation to make bad decisions after a few drinks kick in!

If you are going to support your local Mexican restaurant, when you order, you can make a few special requests to make your meal healthier!

Ask them to steam your vegetables, use light or no oil when cooking, pass on the cheese and refried beans, get ALL sauces on the side and use them in moderation, ask for lettuce wraps instead of tortillas, skip their rice (unless it’s steamed) and add your own at home, and instead of having them include their fried tortilla chips .. make your own using our recipe above.

Healthy or Modified…
Make sure you put those calories to good use and get in a pre-Cinco lift!!
If you need some ideas, we have hundreds (for free) on our YouTube channel!

If you decide to indulge and eat some non-modified fiesta foods, here are a few more ways you can lessen the “damage” from all the extra calories you consume!

  • Plan your fiesta to be a “High Carb Day” – “Free Meal” – “ReFeed Day” – etc.
  • Plan your training split so that you work one of your lagging/larger body parts and get in a solid lift and cardio session before you indulge!
  • Go on a pre and post-meal walk to increase your daily NEAT.
  • Include a fat-burning thermogenic support supplement like Sculpt Nation BURN that helps naturally suppress appetite!

BURN is different from many “fat burners” on the market. It’s so unique, we don’t even like to call it that. Most fat burners may help you burn a few extra calories, but it ends there. Any fat that is mobilized may still be in your blood waiting for a new place to live (like your stomach or thighs.)

BURN goes further .. it attacks your body fat from three essential pathways.. blasting fat cells from the inside out.

Even if you are choosing to lighten up your fiesta, BURN is a great addition to your supplement stack because it goes beyond helping you burn calories. It helps support and raise your metabolic rate! Increasing your metabolic rate helps boost your body’s ability to burn fat for fuel!

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