Move over Taco Cleanse聽鈥 the Nicaraguan Diet has arrived!聽This Central American diet is not only tasty, it鈥檚 affordable and easy to follow. The best part about it, however, is that it fulfills聽your dreams of enjoying Taco Tuesday every day of the week.

Granada, Nicaragua

Regarded as a popular surf spot and an affordable聽post-grad vacation,聽Nicaragua, as it turns out, is also a country of incredible cuisine.聽Whether you鈥檙e gluten-free, vegan or just enjoy a damn good聽taco recipe, this diet has something for you.聽Here are the top ingredients that make up this nutritionally sound meal plan:

Gallo Pinto

1. Red Beans and Rice:聽Known as the national dish, this plant-based combo is chock-full of protein, fiber, potassium and plenty of vitamins. What more could you ask for?聽And if you want to make it extra healthy, go with brown rice.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

2. Fish:聽Due to its vast聽coastal regions, fish is a staple item on聽any Nicaraguan menu. This is good news, because fish is a聽great source of protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for our heart, brain and eyes.

Huevos Rancheros

3.聽Eggs: Whether they鈥檙e fried or scrambled, you鈥檙e likely to find an egg in聽every Nicaraguan breakfast. In addition to being super simple to make, eggs聽are an excellent聽source of protein, calcium and vitamin B.


4. Mango:聽Delicious in a salsa, a smoothie or straight from the peel, just聽one cup of mango provides your entire day鈥檚 worth of vitamin C. They鈥檝e聽also been shown to聽protect against聽cancer, diabetes and heart聽disease.

5. Avocado:聽Quite possibly nature鈥檚 most delicious superfood, avocados are filled with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. They鈥檙e also the only fruit that contains monounsaturated fat, which lowers your bad cholesterol and risk for heart disease and stroke.

Ripe fried plantain 鈥 traditional dish in Central America

6. Plantains:聽What looks like a banana, smells like a banana but isn鈥檛 a banana? You guessed it 鈥 a plantain. Inedible in its raw state, a plantain is either baked or fried and used as a starch. Their caramelized sweetness might make you crave them for dessert!

7. Cabbage:聽You may have noticed that leafy green vegetables aren鈥檛 a common element of the Nicaraguan Diet. However, cabbage聽is usually part of every meal, typically聽in the form of a slaw. In addition to being low in calories and high in fiber, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it can聽prevent cancer.

green lime on vintage plank wood

8. Lime:聽In addition to taking the sting out of tequila shots, limes are great for聽spritzing on your fish tacos or adding flavor to your water. They also help reduce inflammation and聽maintain skin collagen, and who doesn鈥檛 want great skin?

9. Cilantro:聽So much more than a garnish, cilantro is one of the most common herbs used in Nicaraguan meals. It gives everything a Latin flare聽and is packed with聽vitamin C, beta-carotene and vitamin K.

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