Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration for Mexicans and Mexican Americans. On May 5, 1962, the Mexican militia won a victory over the French army at The Battle of Puebla. Many Americans, largely unfamiliar with the history of the day — and I admit that includes me — simply celebrate Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo.

If you want to get in on the celebration tomorrow, I’ve got five healthy Mexican-inspired recipes for your celebration.

Jicama Salad – Jicama (the J sounds like an H) is a slightly sweet root vegetable. This salad combines it with other vegetables like cucumber and fruits like oranges and cantaloupe for a chilled, healthy salad.

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos – Pork seasoned with real ingredients, not some mystery packet of Mexican flavorings, cooks all day to make a filling for tacos. Add your favorite fresh toppings like shredded lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos – A flexible recipe that has easily interchangeable ingredients to suit personal tastes and uses beans and sweet potatoes as the main filler.

Ranch Guacamole – This guacamole is lower in fat and calories than traditional guacamole because one of the avacados is replaced with peas. Fresh chopped red onion and jalapeno pepper spice up the dish.

Organic Margarita – What would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without a margarita? This recipe uses organic tequila (like the Casa Noble Crystal I reviewed last month) as well as other organic ingredients for an “awesome tasting” drink. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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