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Chapulines is the Mexican word for grasshoppers. Hear us out: This great source of protein is better for the environment than meat and you can buy them pre-roasted for these delicious tacos.

Cricket Tacos


Quinoa is one of the healthiest whole grains and nearly a complete protein because it contains all nine essential acids. Try it in this salad with purple potatoes, another Peruvian native.


Hazelnuts are a good source of antioxidants, but eating them in a chocolate spread doesn’t quite cut it. For the most benefit, eat whole roasted nuts with the antioxidant-dense skin. And you can still keep the chocolate.


Lentils are a plant-based protein and an excellent source of iron, which is especially important for teens and pregnant women. In this recipe, they’re paired with anti-inflammatory turmeric and mustard seeds.

Snow Pea Leaves

These leaves, shoots or tendrils taste like a cross between baby spinach and peas. They’re packed with phytonutrients that promote healthy gut bacteria and are anti-inflammatory.

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