5 Hispanic Foods to Add to your Diet

5 Hispanic Foods to Add to your Diet

5 Hispanic Foods to Add to your Diet 

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15! The dates chosen to celebrate Hispanic heritage are significant because they commemorate the anniversary of the independence of several Latin American Countries. Hispanic heritage encompasses many unique aspects of Hispanic culture, one of which is cuisine! Here are some traditional Hispanic foods that are beneficial to our health. 

History of Hispanic Foods

Like most cultures, Hispanic cuisine is a staple to the culture of Latin America. Latino foods are the result of a long history of settlement and trading and feature some of the most delicious and nutritious foods that grow in the region. When we incorporate these traditional foods into our meals, we not only add nutritional value, but we are also showing appreciation for the region where they originated. 

Traditional Hispanic Food

  1. Quinoa – Quinoa is a grain that can be the base for some fantastic dishes. It is the source of tons of amino acids and contains protein essential for those on vegetarian diets.
  2. Avocado – When consumed in moderation, avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats that aid in lowering cholesterol. Traditionally, avocado is used in dips and condiments in Hispanic cuisine.
  3. Beans – Beans are often a staple in popular Hispanic dishes. They are packed full of fiber and protein and can help you feel full after eating to avoid overeating.
  4. Cilantro – Many dishes feature this distinct and flavorful herb. It is used to enhance many dishes and is a great source of antioxidants. One of the most popular ways cilantro is incorporated is in Pico de Gallo, a dish that is a great way to squeeze in more vegetables into your meal. 
  5. Squash – Squashes such as napoles and chayote that are native to Latin American countries contain high amounts of antioxidants. They are a great addition to any dish and promote both heart health and healthy blood sugar amounts!

Try Something New!

While we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, it is a great time to learn about the rich culture of Latin American countries. Incorporate some of these foods into your next meal plan as a way to both celebrate the culture and enjoy healthy meals. You can always speak with your doctor to learn other ways to commit to a healthier diet. 






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