Mexican food is delicious. So much so that we Mexicans are the only ones who “come back from the dead” to continue eating. Not only that, in 2010 UNESCO recognized Mexican gastronomy as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
But is it healthy? As with most, it depends on two things, the selection and the portions: many Mexican dishes are high in calories, but many others are very nutritious. The key, as in everything, is to find balance.
If you want to enjoy our traditional food, but also get nutrients, avoid dishes with a high content of saturated fats and refined sugars, and opt for those that have fresh vegetables and lean proteins. An example: If you crave a “garnacha”, order a quesadilla or roasted tlacoyo accompanied with nopales, fresh cheese, and the sauce of your choice.
Other healthy Mexican foods are guacamole, nopales salad, chiles en Nogada, tlalpeño broth, and shrimp with garlic mojo. All of these dishes are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus, they are tasty and most of them are very easy to prepare.
Get fresh ingredients to prepare Mexican food at traditional Mexican markets near your home.