Hungry Girl: Make My Fresh and Fruity Salsa for Cinco de Mayo

04/18/2016 at 02:09 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eleven books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

I love, Love, LOVE Mexican food. Not only is it incredibly delicious, but it also happens to be super easy to fit into a healthy diet. The grilled meats, the fresh veggies… the salsa!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got a special recipe for chunky salsa (a.k.a. pico de gallo) made with sweet mango, savory black beans, and crispy jicama. It’s perfect served with baked tortilla chips and cut veggies for dipping; it also makes a great topper for grilled chicken or fish. Basically, it’s exactly what your Cinco de Mayo fiesta (or your average Thursday!) needs.

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‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Tropical Pico de Gallo
Makes: 8 Servings

½ cup chopped mango
½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
⅓ cup seeded and chopped tomatoes
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp. seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 tsp. lime juice
¼ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. black pepper
⅛ tsp. ground cumin

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1. In a medium-large sealable container, combine all ingredients. Mix until uniform. Seal, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutritional information: ⅛ of recipe (about ¼ cup): 25 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 108mg sodium, 5.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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