Nutrition in Latino Foods

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Your Guide to Mexican Fermented Foods (and their health benefits)

When you think of fermented foods, do you think of Mexican fermented foods? Chances are, probably not! While fermented foods have gained attention in nutrition spaces, most of the attention has gone to yogurt and kombucha. While Mexican fermented foods like tepache have flown under the radar.  As a Latina dietitian, I’ve made it my […]

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Is Rice and Beans Healthy? Why This Classic Combo is So Nutritious

Love rice and beans, but can’t help wondering if it’s healthy? You’re not alone.  Like many Latinos, I grew up eating rice and beans. And then when I moved out of my parents’ house and had to make my own meals, things got complicated.  Rice and beans were the foundation of many vegetarian diets …

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How to Eat Cactus (+ 11 Healthy Nopales Recipe Ideas)

So you’ve heard about the amazing health benefits of cactus, but maybe now you’re wondering how to eat cactus! You’re not alone.  As a Mexican-American dietitian, I like to highlight cactus as a healthy Mexican vegetable source. You can enjoy fresh cactus in a smoothie, a salad, or sauteed with other vegetables.  But unless you

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Why You Should Eat Cactus: 6 Powerful Benefits of Nopales

If you don’t already like to eat cactus, you’re going to want to start after you hear about the fascinating health benefits of nopales.  Nopales are a very healthy vegetable: they are a good source of fiber, calcium, and potassium. Nopales may also offer health benefits like lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and providing antioxidants. 

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Are Tamales Good for You? Nutrition Information You Need to Know

Are tamales good for you? If you’re like many of my Latino nutrition clients, you may be heading into the holiday season worried about health impacts of your favorite holiday foods.  You may be surprised to learn that tamales are actually quite nutritious–providing fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, depending on the filling, tamales may be

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