Nutrition in Latino Foods

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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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What is Sofrito? How this Staple Makes Caribbean Food Healthier

What is sofrito, and why do I talk about it so much as a Latina dietitian? Sofrito is a vegetable base added to a lot of Latin American (particularly Caribbean) and Mediterranean cooking. It gives Caribbean food its signature flavor, and also adds a lot of interesting nutrition benefits to the dish! In today’s blog

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