¡Que Saludable! Healthier Variations of Traditional Latin Snacks
Need a quick, healthy snack? Check out these 5 variations on traditional Latin foods!
Did the holiday season get the best of you? Maybe you’re feeling groggy from overindulging in those rich party foods. And if that’s the case, you may be looking for healthier snacking options to get yourself back on track.
Try snacking on one of these five snacks throughout the week. They’re all easy to whip up in a short amount of time and can be made in large batches. ¡Buen provecho!
1. Pico de Gallo (Hold the Chips)
There are few things tastier (and easier) than homemade pico de gallo – juicy tomatoes, spicy garlic, crunchy onions and fresh lime and cilantro. Instead of scooping with tortilla chips, swap for fresh veggies, like sliced bell peppers, celery, cucumbers or carrots.
Bonus: If you're tired of traditional salsa, try exploring alternatives like our Cool Watermelon Salsa recipe.
Picadillo comes in many variations, depending on your country of origin, but the basic premise – chopped vegetables, stewed with savory flavors and a bit of meat, stacked atop rice or tortillas.
If you're looking for a healthier twist on picadillo, choose a lower-calorie base, like zucchini, and add in a smaller amount of beef for flavor. Lastly, you can try swapping out your tortillas for lettuce leaves.
Ceviche – raw fish “cooked” in lemon juice, savory veggies and an array of herbs – is a staple of many Latin American cultures. If you don't love fish (or the idea of raw fish), sub in cooked shrimp or crab.
And if that doesn't tempt your palate, try experimenting with different chopped fruits and vegetables, like plantains, avocado, corn or tomatoes.
4. Green Mango
If you've never tried a “green” (less-than-ripe) mango, you're in for a treat. It’s easy to peel and slice, and the flesh is crisp, refreshing and mildly sweet. Top with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt, and you'll have yourself an easy, on-the-go snack.
5. Other Fresh Fruits
Go full-on Latin with tropical favorites like pineapple, mango, carambola (starfruit) and papaya. Apples, watermelon, grapefruit, strawberries and honeydew are great options, too. Bonus: Toss your favorites in with some nonfat Greek yogurt, or blend and freeze into ice pops.
What are your favorite quick and healthy snacks? Share your in the comments below!