Latinx Heritage Month, observed across the nation from September 15th to October 15th, offers a meaningful opportunity to pay tribute to the culture and historical contributions of the Latinx/Hispanic communities. Whether you're looking to purchase some authentic treats or experiment with homemade creations, here are some nutritious Latino snack ideas worth exploring.
Tortilla chips with guacamole or salsa
Tortilla chips can be a part of healthy snacking. Pairing tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole is a great way to increase fiber and add extra vitamins and minerals. Avocados are a fantastic source of fiber. Salsas are typically made with vegetables (tomatoes, chili peppers, onion, garlic, herbs, etc.) that provide an easy way to boost your vegetable intake for the day.
Tip: Check the nutrition label of tortilla chips and choose options with lower sodium and higher fiber.
Plantain chips are a common snack in a variety of Latin American countries. Plantains contain nutrients like fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and C, making them a nutrient-dense food. They are similar to bananas but less sweet and tend to be used more in savory dishes. Or, plantains are typically fried into chips ranging from thin to thicker slices.
Tip: For a healthy alternative, try baking your plantain chips instead of frying.
Spicy peanuts or pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
Spicy peanuts and pepitas are a great snack to help incorporate heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. You can eat these by themselves or enjoy them with a little spice.
Tip: The nutrition label is important to review if buying prepared spicy peanuts; compare brands and choose the option with lower sodium for a healthier option. Or you can easily prepare these at home.
Fruit cups with chili seasoning are a common Mexican snack. A variety of fruits can be used, including watermelon, pineapple, papaya, or mango, which are then topped with lime juice and chili seasoning. Sometimes, vegetables like cucumbers or jicama are included in the mix. These fruit cups are a delicious way to add a variety of fruit that are full of nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
Tip: The common chili seasonings used are chamoy and tajin, which are high in sodium. Make sure to balance out the amount of these seasonings; consider using a drizzle of chamoy and sprinkling the tajin over the fruit. A little goes a long way in flavor!