The Greatness of Corn Tortillas
Before Hispanic Heritage Month is over, I would like to share a little about tortillasÔÇªspecifically corn tortillas. Tortillas are usually used in place of silverware (yayy to eating with hands and fewer dishes!). Many might think these are unhealthy, but they can actually be very healthy depending on what you put on or in them. Unlike bread and other grain options, corn tortillas are typically made with very simple ingredients of cornflour, water, and saltÔÇªso low-fat, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc.
The best corn tortillas are made from scratch. Homemade corn tortillas can be time-consuming, messy, but very delicious. True story: we went to this little Mexican restaurant in our town and they were the only ones who used the homemade dough for their tacos! You know how hard it is these days- with all those other restaurants around making theirs with machines or something else -but if you want a REAL taco experience then go where people actually make the tortillas from scratch.
If youÔÇÖve never tasted a homemade corn tortilla before, then you are missing out! One restaurant that makes their corn tortillas from scratch is Elenas in Grandview, MO. This restaurant is run by a mom and daughter. There may be more restaurants that make their tortillas from scratch in the KC area, but this is the only one I know of so far.
When my Latina clients want to be healthier or lose weight, one easy swap I suggest is replacing most flour tortillas with corn. So the next time you are eating tacos made of corn tortillas donÔÇÖt feel too bad about it because it might be a bit healthier than you think! ƒÿè It might not seem like muchÔÇöin fact, many people wouldnÔÇÖt believe that changing just one food can make such an impact on our bodies (and taste!) But believe me when I tell ya; every little bit counts towards better health and happier moods for sure!!
I also enjoy finding different ways for my clients ÔÇô who are mostly Latinas ÔÇôto incorporate more vegetables into their diets without feeling like they’re depriving themselves by giving them delicious recipes using some of their favorite foods and ingredients.
If you’re interested in learning more about healthy Latino foods and meals, feel free to follow Nydia’s Nutrition – Keepin’ it Simple. Keepin’ it Authentic. (nydiasnutrition.com) I created the business last year during the pandemic and before baby number two came along! I hope that in the near future, my blog will have even MORE recipes for us all!