Low-fat Mexican recipes need not be an oxymoron! Ditch the salt, cheese and cream, and get more of these super-healthy ingredients on your plate.
Beans: They lower bad cholesterol, nourish the brain, regulate digestion and have been found to protect you from certain cancers. Combined with rice, they form a complete protein, comparable to that in meat or dairy. Kidney beans strengthen bones, thanks to their Vitamin K, calcium and manganese content.
Salsa: Besides boasting a wonderful freshness, salsa is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The addition of extra virgin olive oil to a combination of tomatoes, lemon juice and peppers not only deepens the flavor but has heart-healthy benefits. For fresh ideas with salsa,†click here.
Avocado: Itís the best fruit for sourcing your Vitamin E, which improves overall immunity. Studies show that the oleic acid in avocado prevents breast cancer. Then thereís folate, which plays a key role in keeping the heart healthy. So, go for the guacamole! And find exciting avocado recipes†here.
JalapeŮo: the capsaicin in them is anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, helpful in battling headaches and sinus infections, and known to play a role in preventing certain cancers. Itís thermogenic, too, which means it burns away calories and assists in weight loss!†Here’s interesting take on how to cook healthy with jalapenos.
Cilantro: my favorite herb, cilantro boasts a wonderful fragrance, refreshing flavor, and comes loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Corn: A number of key nutrients combine in corn to give it a high rating on the health-o-meter. Corn is chewy, so it helps you consume less while getting more satisfaction. Itís got fibre, to help you digest your food better.