Dominican Independence Day Meatless Monday: Mangú Recipe

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death of all Americans with Latinos being particularly at risk. ¿Por qué? Latinos have high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Fortunately, healthy eating can reduce your risk of heart disease. Many traditional Hispanic dishes are as healthy as they are delicioso. For the final week of […]

Black History Month Meatless Monday: A Day of Healthy Foods

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Health disparities still exist among racial and ethnic minorities despite our nation’s strides in pursuit of equality such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act which integrated schools and prohibits discrimination in employment and public places. For example, African Americans are at a higher risk for heart disease–the number one cause of death in the United States. This Black History Month, I want to […]

American Heart Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More than 1/2 of Latinas have three or more risk factors which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and smoking. Fortunately, you have the power to prevent and curb risk factors and reduce the chance of a heart attack by 80%. February is American Heart Month, making now the perfect time to […]

National Soup Month Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pozole Recipe

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When a snow storm shut me in last week, I warmed up with hot vegetarian pozole, a Mexican hominy stew. The timing couldn’t have been more on cue since January is National Soup Month, making it the perfect time to experiment with healthy soup recipes. Sopa is not only a great way to warm up […]

Healthy Weight Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Tips to Make Healthy Eating a Habit

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69% of Americans are overweight and 35% are considered obese. This obesity crisis impacts the Hispanic community as well, with 39% of Latinos in the United States considered obese. Fortunately, we can control our weight with healthy eating and regular physical activity. This January, which is Healthy Weight Awareness Month, adopt healthy habits that will keep your body strong all year long. […]

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Grapefruit Spinach Salad Recipe

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11,818 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2010. Fortunately, cervical cancer is the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent through regular screening and maintaining healthy habits, including eating nutritious foods. This Meatless Monday in January which is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, I’m sharing a delicious grapefruit and spinach salad recipe full of cancer-fighting nutrients. Natalie’s Grapefruit and Spinach Salad Recipe Ingredientes […]

New Year’s Meatless Monday: Traditional New Year’s Dishes and Healthy Resolutions

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Start the new year right by serving traditional foods believed to bring luck and make healthy resolutions. Growing up, I spent New Year’s Day with familia in Florida. My grandfather insisted we eat black-eyed peas to bring good luck. Cultures across the globe practice variations of this New Year‘s custom. Whether or not you believe in the […]

Christmas Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Latino Holiday Dishes

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Christmas Day traditions including what time dinner is served and the dishes on the table vary between the U.S. and Latin America. Celebrate this diversity of cultures and add vegetarian options from countries across the Americas to your Christmas meal. When my husband and I spend Christmas with my family in Oklahoma, we start the festivities the morning of the 25th by opening […]