3 Ways to Make Meatless Monday Part of Your Diet

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If meat is missing from the menu at restaurants, schools, homes, even hospitals that’s because it’s Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is an international movement that encourages not eating meat one day a week. First promoted by the U.S. government during World War I to conserve resources, the idea was revived as a public health campaign in 2003. ¿Por qué  ¿Don’t […]

Nutrition: 5 Easy Ways to Add More Water to Your Diet

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Did you know sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in the American diet? What’s a good substitute for soda? ¡Water! Switching to H2O couldn’t come soon enough–a third of U.S. children and teens, and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight. H2O makes up more than 60 percent of your body weight and every system depends […]

Nutrition: 3 Ways to Keep the Hispanic Diet Healthy

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Many people realize that Taco Bell is not authentic. But did you know that a traditional Hispanic diet inspired by your abuela‘s cooking can help you stay healthy? ¿Cómo? Healthy staples of corn tortillas are low-fat, as are beans. Frijoles as my suegra calls them are also chock full of fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates which make you feel full longer. Fresh vegetables in salsas and entrees provide important vitamins and minerals. Love […]

Nutrition: 7 Ways to Snack Smart

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Balancing work, familia, and “you” time each day requires mucha energía. Something’s gotta give and for many of us, it’s our diet. Three balanced meals a day? Out the proverbial window. You’re in luck. Health experts now recommend five smaller meals: healthy snacks in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ¿De verdad? ¡Sí!  Snacking is important for two reasons: It curbs your hunger, […]

¡Fitness! Strong is the New Skinny

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What’s hot today are strong women, emotionally and physically, not stick-thin supermodel. Qué cool Natalie. I’ve never been the stick-thin supermodel type. But how can regular ol’ me achieve Arnold Schwarzenegger status? Set a goal to work out. But focus on building strength by lifting weights. You will almost immediately see and feel the benefits of strength training: a […]

Nutrition: ¡Go Green for your Health!

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Um… what exactly are you drinking? I get this question every time someone sees me sipping a green smoothie from a jar. What gives this slushy drink it’s bien verde color? A few handfuls of dark green leafy vegetables which are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition and of protein (surprising, I know, since most […]

¡Fitness! Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

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Love to dance?  Secretly want to be a Bollywood leading lady?  If you answered ¡Síííí!, I just discovered the workout for you: Masala Bhangra. Why do I go to the gym for the group classes? Because working out with others to energizing music pushes me to work harder than I would sweating sola. Always on the […]

Two Ways to Bring Back Abuela’s Cooking

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Of all the great things the U.S. of A. has to offer, our “western diet” is not at the top of the list. In fact, immigrating to the U.S. could be harmful for some families’ long-term health! A recent study shows that acculturated Mexican American teens are prone to obesity. Second generation teenagers are 2.5 […]