What are some healthy Latin American foods?

Many restaurants feature foods with Latin American flavor. Keep in mind that favorites like crispy taco shells, taco salads, nachos, guacamole and chips and salsa are tasty but can be high in fat.

The staples -- tortillas, beans and rice -- are great sources of carbohydrates, while pinto and black beans supply fiber. Latin American cuisine also offers you a chance to include different types of vegetables and grain foods, and to explore new flavors.

Try Latin American creations that are full of flavor without all the calories:
  • Fajitas, enchiladas, burritos or tamales
  • Soft tacos with chicken, beef or beans
  • Tortilla soup
  • Chile verde
  • Red or black beans and rice
  • Arroz con pollo (chicken with rice)
  • Veracruz-style seafood dishes
  • Flan or fruit for dessert

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