There is a reason why so many people revere Mexican food. Not only is it delicious, but some Mexican dishes have health benefits and are packed with superfoods. Whether you’re looking for something new to try for dinner or you need to know what to order next time you go to the restaurant, these amazing Mexican foods will bring a bit of spice to your life in a healthy way!
Here are a few of our top picks for healthy Mexican foods.
Guacamole is made from avocados, a fruit that was prized by the Aztecs as an aphrodisiac. They called guacamole ahuaca-mulli which means “avocado sauce”. Not just an amazing dip, guacamole also has a range of health benefits as it is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats that help to regulate the body’s cholesterol. When it’s mixed with other healthy foods such as tomato, onion, lime juice, and spices it makes for a super awesome addition to most meals. Take it to the next level by adding in fresh coriander, one of the most nutritious superfoods in Mexico.
These steamed bundles of corn dough might be high in fat and sodium, but they are also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Tamales are rich in iron and phosphorus as well as brain-boosting B vitamins. Store-bought tamales can be packed with extra fat and salt, though, so make your own healthy versions of this meal at home and substitute beef or pork for vegetables and beans to increase the fibre and nutritional value of the dish. You can also replace the lard used in the dough process with skimmed ricotta cheese to reduce calories.
One of the most delicious and popular dishes in Mexico, pozole is a sacred food that was prepared by the Aztecs in honour of King Xipe Toltec. This traditional soup is made with processed corn, known as hominy, and meat – usually pork or chicken. It is seasoned with spices and served with vegetables. The base of the soup is packed with healthy vegetables such as radishes, tomatoes, onions, avocados, watercress, cabbage, and chillies which are all perfect for giving the metabolism and immune system a boost.
Although fajitas can be made with a lot of unhealthy extras, it is possible to keep them super healthy by substituting a couple of ingredients. Fajitas are soft tortilla wraps filled with veggies and meat, so they have a high nutrition content. To reduce the impact of the carbohydrate-heavy wrap, replace it with a whole-grain or low-fat option. Use less oil to cook the filling with and swap out the meat for beans and more vegetables to make this a super nutritious and filling meal!
The cocoa bean gives us more than the amazing gift of chocolate, it can also play a role in maintaining your brain health. Cocoa was regarded as a gift from Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, so it is perfect for keeping your mind sharp when you’re working long hours, studying hard, or playing online games. Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) contains a powerful antioxidant called theobromine which has been linked to cognitive benefits and the healthy ageing of cells, so it is ideal to snack on while you’re working or playing online.
Grilled Mexican corn is a street food favourite, usually served at fairs in Mesoamerica. Usually served on a wooden stick, elote is seasoned with mayonnaise, chilli powder, salty cheese and fresh lime juice. Switch out the mayonnaise for a lower fat version of Greek yoghurt, and you have yourself a tasty summertime snack that is super healthy and filling!
Home to some of the tastiest food in the world, Mexico has dishes that are packed with health benefits. Once you’ve had a few of the dishes, you’ll be wanting to perfect them at home so you can enjoy them time and time again.