Mexican food is never short on flavor. Think beyond tacos and explore the flavors of Luvo’s Chicken Chile Verde. Many Mexican-inspired ingredients may already be staples in your kitchen, but I challenge you to explore new ones for added nutritional benefits.

Black Beans

Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, adding a serving of beans to your meals a few days a week can have a positive impact on your health. Besides protein, black beans provide soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which decrease risk of chronic diseases and help you stay fuller, longer. Just one half-cup of black beans provides 7g of fiber, 8g of protein, and less than 1g of fat, at just 113 calories. Dried or canned, black beans are a great addition to keep stocked in your pantry.

Did you know?

Draining and rinsing canned beans will remove about 40% of the sodium. There are also no-salt-added or low-sodium versions of many canned beans.

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Corn

The kernel or seeds of corn hold majority of its nutrients and are the most commonly consumed parts. Corn may be known as a starchy vegetable, but don’t push it to the side of your plate, as it has several other nutrient-dense properties that shouln’t be overlooked. Corn contains an abundant amount of phosphorus and magnesium. Phosphorus is essential for regulating normal growth, bone health, and optimal kidney function. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining a normal heart rate and for increasing bone mineral density.

Did you know?

Corn varieties come in many other colors other than yellow, such as red, orange, purple, blue, white, and even black.

Tomatillos

The tomatillo, also known as the Mexican husk tomato, originates from Mexico. They look like unripe tomatoes with a dry, leafy husk that wraps around the outside. With a slight acidic flavor, and a firmer texture than regular tomatoes, they’re a staple in Mexican cuisine. They’re the base in the well-known salsa verde a.k.a. spicy green salsa.

Did you know?

Tomatillos are being studied as a food that may help prevent cancer, as they contain a unique phytochemical called withanolide. Some studies show them to have antiproliferative properties (ability to inhibit cell growth).

Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers are named because they are said to have originated from Puebla in central Mexico. Poblano peppers are usually mildly spicy, but do have a bit of kick sometimes. By comparison, jalapeños are about five times hotter on the Scoville scale. Quercetin, found in poblano peppers, works to provide natural pain relief and reduce inflammatory pain.

Did you know?

When dried, poblano peppers are called ancho chiles. They’re sometimes dry smoked to bring out flavor.

What’s your favorite Mexican dish? You can try delicious Mexican-inspired flavors in Luvo’s Quinoa Enchilada Verde.