Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Day of Independence as most would assume. It actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory (4000 troops) over French forces (8000 troops) at the Battle of Puebla – 1862. Although there is limited significance in Mexico, it is mostly celebrated in the US as a celebration of Mexican Heritage and Pride. If you are planning a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo, enjoy these three healthy recipes discussed on Better Connecticut: Guacamole, Jicama Salad and Mango Salsa.
Guacamole is healthy due to avocados being the main ingredient. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fats – which are great for heart health. Enjoying guacamole helps lower cholesterol, protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, aids in cancer prevention and helps fight aging. Jicama is high in vitamin C, boosts immune system, lowers cholesterol and is an anti-inflammatory. And mango is also high in vitamin C, is wonderful for improving digestion, is high in iron and improves concentration.