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It’s no secret we love to enjoy good food and while we’re all about eating what you love, it’s also important to incorporate healthy foods into your regular routine.  There are plenty of cookbooks out there it can get overwhelming and a bit confusing. Finding health foods cookbooks specifically for our community may not be easy but we did the work for you. It’s always important to go with whatever diet plan seems right for your lifestyle. Latina authors like Leticia Moreinos Schwartz are making it easy to eat healthier and enjoy those authentic Latin flavors from the food we love. Here are 10 Latinx health books to help you make better food choices when you stroll through the supermarket.

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The Puerto Rican cookbook you’ve been waiting for! Mayra Luz Colon combines her nutrition knowledge, passion for cooking, and love for her culture into a unique, easy-to-follow cookbook. This cookbook has paleo, gluten-free, and even vegan options for readers. You’ll love how Colon gives examples of food combinations that help with digestion and the vibrant pictures are helpful for those who don’t know what some of the foods are.
Healthy Rican: Put the Latin Spice in Your Healthy Life by Mayra Luz Colon, $27.97 at Amazon.com

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Leticia Moreinos Schwartz recognizes that Latinos who migrate to the United States experience dietary problems, mostly associated with diabetes. Her mission with this cookbook is reinforcing that eating healthy can be absolutely delicious. Vegan hearts of palm ceviche, Ecuadorian-inspired sweet potato and green bean salad, salmon cakes with coconut ginger sauce and roasted chicken with guava barbecue sauce are just a few recipes that will make your mouth water.
Latin Superfoods: 100 Simple, Delicious, and Energizing Recipes for Total Health by Leticia Morienos Schwartz, $22.99 at Amazon.com

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If you are trying to lose weight, this book will show you how carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are important nutrients to include in your diet. Judith Rodriguez helps you manage your dietary needs all while enjoying traditional Latin dishes. This book offers great recipes as well as a guide to understanding the food pyramid, a section on water intake, and answers your questions about vitamins and supplements.
Contemporary Nutrition for Latinos: A Latino Lifestyle Guide to Nutrition and Health by Judith Rodriguez, $9 at Amazon.com

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Dr. Jane L. Delgado shares her expertise in this guide that touches on a wide range of health concerns like cervical cancer, depression, and diabetes. This guide is meant to help improve your overall approach to health including how to keep health records, navigating the health system, and maintaining a health diet and exercise routine.
The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers by Jane L. Delgado, $12.55 at Amazon.com

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Melinda Gonzalez shares 50 recipes and meal plans for a vegan/vegetarian diet. Gonzalez sticks to traditional Latinx and Caribbean foods and explains how foods such as cacao and avocados have been superfoods in the Latin diet for centuries. Not only does this book focus on food but it also offers exercise routines and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle on a budget.
L.I.V.E. (Latin-Inspired Vegan & Vegetarian Eats): Local & Organic Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle by Melinda Gonzalez, $24.99 at Amazon.com

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Cocina Holistica was the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for first cookbook in the Latin American Vegetarian category. Kassia Fiedor creates gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free plant-based dishes with traditional Guatemalan flavor. The vivid photos of Guatemala and recipes really make you feel an appreciation for local farmers and the Guatemalan culture.
Cocina Holistica: Plant-Powered Recipes Inspired by Guatemalan Superfoods by Kassia Emily Fiedor, $26.95 at Amazon.com

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Jocelyn Ramirez takes her abuela’s recipes and transforms them into flavorful, plant-based dishes. If you are looking to try a vegan diet without sacrificing the foods you love, this book is a great place to start. Ramirez shows readers how to ease into the vegan lifestyle without giving up your cultural foods, tastes, and memories. Queso fresco, handmade tortillas, and jackfruit carnitas tacos are just a few recipes that are featured in this book.
La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor by Jocelyn Ramirez, $15.99 at Amazon.com

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This cookbook is unique in the sense that it has tons of delicious recipes but each contributor shares their own personal story. You won’t be disappointed with the wonderful taste of the alfajores, the ensalada Doña Luz, and the tres leches cupcakes. You’ll be inspired and amazed at the stories of the women who created these dishes. This book is truly one-of-a-kind!
We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream By Caleb Zigas, Leticia Landa, Eric Wolfinger, Isabel Allende, and Yewande Komolafe, $21.65 at Amazon.com

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Karla Hernandez is the chef behind the digital show Pizca de Sabor and has now come out with a cookbook that shows you how to eliminate processed foods from your diet and create dishes that will target illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and allergies. The recipes in this book are great for beginner chefs or if you’re looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into your diet. The best part is that each delicious dessert is nutritious! Now, that’s something you don’t hear every day.
Cocina sana con pizca de sabor: Una guía práctica para nutrir tu cuerpo y vivir / Healthy Cooking with a Pinch of Flavor by Karla Hernandez, $19.19 at Amazon.com

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The Lopez family owns and operates Guelaguetza, a Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles, California. They released this cookbook to showcase their Oaxacan culture and traditions. This book features their popular pink horchata and award-winning mole negro as well as quick, easy-to-make weeknight meals. You’ll learn about ingredients, techniques, traditions, and much more.
Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Bricia Lopez, $24.49 at Amazon.com

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