5 Reinvented Latin Recipes for a Healthier You This Year

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Jan 27, 2016 05:25 AM EST

DENVER, CO - MAY 04: A plate of enchiladas is carried through a Cinco de Mayo festival on May 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to attend the two day event, billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the United States. Cinco de Mayo observes the victory of the Mexican army over French forces on May 5, 1862 in the town of Puebla, Mexico. The festival celebrates Mexican culture and is one of the most popular annual Latino events in the United States. (Photo : John Moore/Getty Images)

Eating your favorite Latin dish surely is great. But how about taking it to another level by tweaking it a bit and making it healthier?

Healthy Latin Eating says that favorites such as Ceviche, Fajitas and Lechon are viable options. However, with a few major ingredient trades and removals, you'll get the same dish minus the calories.

Try using flounder or sea bass instead of shrimp in your next ceviche. If you like lechon, opt to get boneless pork tenderloin, taking out the fat. This is sure to give you a healthier meal.

Whatever the recipe calls for opt to use healthier, leaner ingredients. You'll still enjoy the flavor and also enjoy the added benefits.

Looking for a retake of your favorite Latin recipes? Look no further, for here are some reinvented Latin dishes that you will surely enjoy.

Tofu Tacos

This healthier take on the Mexican favorite is shared to you by the Food Network.

Best thing about this recipe is that it combines the health benefits of tofu and whole wheat, paired with Greek yogurt and a tangy slaw.

A healthier alternative to what Tex-Mex lovers would usually want to munch on.

Get the full recipe for Tofu Tacos here.

Cochinita Pibil

This Mexican pork dish is shared to you by All Recipes.

It can be toned down by putting less or no peppers at all, while still retaining its wonderful flavors. Guaranteed to make your tastebuds happy with less effort.

Get the full recipe for Cochinita Pibil here.

Light Chicken Enchiladas

Who wouldn't want enchiladas, especially now that they're made lighter? This great recipe comes from the Food Network.

This recipe calls for skinless, boneless chicken, which means it has less fat and bone, but retains full flavor and proteins. An easy recipe for the health-conscious.

Get the recipe for Light Chicken Enchiladas here.

Mexican Rice III

This excellent side dish is shared to you by All Recipes.

This great recipe should not be confused with Spanish rice. It's best served as a side to other Mexican dishes and is sure to add flavor to your Latin meal. Just be sure to cook the rice properly and use good quality chicken broth or stock.

Get the recipe for Mexican Rice III here.

Chicken Fajitas

This classic favorite is shared to you by the Food Network.

“Marinating chicken and peppers and onions in a highly flavored marinade and then grilling gives it all the flavor without fat,” the recipe says. “A spiced creamy yogurt sauce and avocado sauce wrapped in a corn tortilla with fresh cilantro keeps the fajitas healthy and fresh tasting.”

Get the recipe for Chicken Fajitas here.

Happy eating!

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