Whether actually native to Mexico or just adopted by our culture, we rounded up the healthy staples your abuela made you that kick the sh*t out of kale and green juice when it comes to nutrition and sabor.
If you’re Mexican, your abuelita probably made you drink “el licuado de nopal para las manchas” or maybe, they fed it to you fried in olive oil with a side of fresh homemade tortillas? The nopal smoothie is to us what broccoli is to white people, but the fried nopal is next level and should be a national dish! Whether eat it or drink it, you are gaining all the benefits because nopal is not only a natural antibiotic, but also is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that contribute to your overall health and beauty, including weight loss. #Teamnopales!
This vegetable, also known as a vegetable pear, is originally from Mexico and now is consumed in most Latin American countries. But, if you are Mexican then you likely eat it cocido and drizzled with a little honey. Chayote is low in calories and high in fiber, keeping you full for longer. The vegetable is also great for your heart health and may help prevent cancer thanks to high content of vitamin C.
Maybe you eat this vegetable cuando te pones a dieta. Pero like, do you know why it helps you lose weight? Jicama is high in dietary fiber, nutrients and extremely low in calories, every serving only has three calories! If that wasn’t healthy enough, thanks to the vitamin C you’re boosting immunity and vitamin B6 is helping brain function making you one smart chica!
Mangos are native to Southeast Asia and were later brought to the Americas, and we're so glad they did! Um, Mango con chile y limon, anyone? No pero en serio, mango has a ton of health benefits for your health and beauty. The fruit is packed with antioxidants that have been proven to protect against various types of cancers. Mangos help boost your immune system and brighten the skin, keeping you healthy and bella.
We all know the neighborhood elotero tempting us with, elotes con chile y crema. So maybe smothering your elote in crema isn’t too healthy, but the elote itself is. The nutrients, minerals and vitamins in corn contribute to eye health, boost your immune system and it's high in fiber which helps you stay full longer. Bottom line is, next time you get an elote, skip the crema and double down on chile!
6. Granadas (Pomegranate)
Delicious any season of the year, but especially refreshing in the summer, granadas are abundant in antioxidants making them especially beneficial for skin, giving you youthful and glowing skin. An added plus is that the fruit can help alleviate cramps, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and high content of potassium.
Frijoles are a staple of any Latino diet whether you ate red, black, pinto beans, green, pigeon, etc. Whichever size or color of frijoles you ate, they were always there to satisfy and nourish. This tiny food is packed with iron, fiber, and rich in protein keeping you full for longer. Beans also, help lower cholesterol and have antioxidants that help reduce cancer risk. Frijoles are healthy and affordable, but the best thing is that you never get tired of eating them. So for all you pendejas on the Whole 30, pass over that bean burrito!
We use it in our salsa, we use it in our tacos, salads and soups but did you know how many benefits come from this herb? Cilantro is rich in antioxidants and it’s great for hair, bones and teeth thanks to its vitamin K and calcium content. Use it in a mascarilla to make your skin radiant, and blemish free. So now you know, cilantro is good for more than just flavor!
9. Tomato (Jitomate)
Your abuelita may have put a jitomate on a minor burn to relieve the pain. Turns out this fruit contains a nutrient known as lycopene that reduces heat from the burn! Lycopene and other antioxidants in jitomates benefit the skin and help prevent sunburn by protecting skincells from damage.
There are all types of chiles and though one is spicer than the next, they all provide some of the same health benefits. Chiles contain a compound called capsaicin which helps speed up the burning of fat. Chiles are also high in vitamin C which can boost collagen production and reduce signs of aging. No wonder Latinas age so well! Just saying, brown don’t frown.