Tips For Healthy Spanish Recipes

By Adrianna • Food, General, Health • 24 Apr 2017

Spanish flavors add a bit of spice to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most Spanish inspired dishes include rice, beans, seasoned meats, peppers, and tortillas. There are ways to make your favorite Spanish dishes a bitĀ healthier. Pack your meal with flavor and think about adding a Spanish recipe to the menu this week.

Make your Spanish rice healthy

Spanish rice is a staple when it comes to Spanish dishes. This easy to make dish is something the whole family will love. You can make it your own by adding different types of beans, tomatoes, peppers, meats, and different spices. Add cilantro and lime for a bit more flavor. If you love spicy food, red pepper flakes and paprika is a must to flavor your rice. Limit the cheese, add more veggies than red meat, and use whole grain rice to make this dish more healthy.

Fresh veggies and fruitĀ in your salsa

All you need for a healthy salsa recipe is a food processor or blender, cutting board and knife, and lots of veggies and tomatoes. For your base, used fresh chopped tomatoes. You can add fruits such as peaches or mangoes for a bit of fresh flavor. Add jalapeno peppers or other spicy peppers if you would like a bit of kick. Fresh fruits and vegetables are key to making a healthy salsa. Dip whole grain tortilla chips for a healthy snack.

Use whole grains

Whole grains are a must to filling you up in one meal. Whole grains are packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Normal flour tortillas tend to be processed and are packed with empty calories and sugar. It’s important to integrate whole grains if you have high cholesterol.

Tomato based sauces vs. meat or cheese-based

For recipes using sauces, like enchiladas, make sure to use tomato based sauces or make your own. Cheese and meat based sauces add more unnecessary fat and calories. With tomato based sauces, you’ll get vitamins and a serving of veggies from the tomatoes. You can even make your own and know exactly what’s going into your sauce. Tomato based sauces will pair well with most dishes too.

Use chicken or shrimp

Red meats, like beef, add more saturated fats and cholesterol to your meal. Lean meats, like chicken, are low in fat and high in protein. Shrimp is packed with lots of vitamins and supports bone and brain health. Chicken and shrimp are both very versatile, you can steam or bake them with seasoned veggies and rice or use them in traditional dishes like Arroz Con Pollo or Paella.

About the Author: Ali is a guest contributor from Bottger Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Albuquerque, NM that serves breakfast featuring Spanish-style recipes for guests every morning.

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