Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate freedom with Mexican culture, heritage, and pride. It is celebrated each year in Rockford with fun activities, dancing, Miriachi music, live entertainment, and great Mexican food. Like any holiday celebration, many people try to incorporate good nutrition into the foods they eat during the May 5th celebration. Many people are eating healthy during Cinco de Mayo in Rockford.
2011 Cinco de Mayo Festival in Rockford
Rockford will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. It will be held at Davis Park which is located at 300 S. Wyman Street on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th from 12pm to 12am. It will be a 2 day celebration full of fiesta for the whole family. There will be alot of fun, food, live entertainment, dancing, carnival rides, and many other exciting activities.
Traditional Cinco de Mayo foods
You will find alot of great tasting Mexican food at any Cinco de Mayo celebration. Here are some of the most popular foods:
- Refried beans
- Spanish rice
Nutrition in Mexican food
Most Mexican foods are naturally healthy. Tortillas are generally made by hand from scratch which is very nutritious, especially if you use whole wheat flour. The ingredients used to make many of the Mexican dishes are also full of vitamins and nutrients since they are full of fresh vegetables. Each dish usually contains foods from a variety of food groups which provides adequate amounts of nutrition.
Healthiest Mexican foods to eat
- Chicken enchiladas
- Chicken quesadillas
- Chicken tamales
- Spanish rice
- Low fat refried beans (there are many healthy refried beans recipes to choose from)
Mexican foods to avoid
- Regular refried beans
- Guacamole (if you’re counting calories)
- Traditional tamales
Preparation is the key to healthy foods
Like many other ethnic foods, there are a variety of variations that can be used to transform most recipes into healthy, nutritious ones. You can substitute healthier meats and avoid frying foods for added nutrients.