Published On: Fri, Apr 16th, 2010

5 Resources To Eat Latino Food and Stay Healthy! (updated with Podcast)

 Mi Gente…

Update… Listen to us talk to fitness expert Phoenix Carnevale about this topic on The Capicu Show on Urban Latino Radio.  Click below to listen…

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I just got back from vacation this week…and my last day, I decided to take my Reina to the Cuba in Flowers Exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden. We had an amazing time but in the final minutes…me di una REVENTAA (translation: a really bad fall) and I ended up fracturing my foot. 

So…during my time at home, I have spent the last few days connecting with readers, finding out what you want to see more of on the site and more than once, there has been a call for healthy recipes of Latino dishes we already love (and probably do not prepare in the healthiest ways). So I started researching and the good news is, I did not have to look too far…I found some resources that can help you achieve your health goals without giving up the flavor or your culinary heritage because Latinos can be verrrry passionate about their food.

I would love to hear how some of these resources worked for you…use the comments section to share your thoughts! PS…this picture was taken two minutes after I broke my foot…and I am still smiling.


Special Thanks to Angel Calle, Yvette Matos and Joe Olivo from our Facebook Fan Page for reminding me how important this topic is…and thank you in advance for sharing this with those you love!

Buen Provecho…

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

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Capicushow  1. Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes/Platillos latinos sabrosos y saludables (bilingual English, Spanish)
 Provides recipes for 26 popular easy to prepare taste-tested Latino dishes created in a heart healthy style (lower in fat and sodium than traditional versions). Includes heart healthy food substitutions, food safety, a glossary of international terms for Latino cuisine, and nutrient analyses. FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Note: because we have such a large population of Afro-Latinos, I would be remiss if I did not include that guide too for so many of us that love African American cuisine. FREE PDF DOWNLOAD 

Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Insitute

2. Latino Living – A Guide to Better Health Through Traditional Food and Active Lifestyles – for both consumers and health professionals.

“Latino Living was originally designed for health professionals and dietitians, but it is so user friendly and simple that it’s perfect for consumers from coast to coast,” said Sara Baer-Sinnott, Executive Vice President of Oldways. READ ARTICLE

Source: Target Latino

3. Healthy Latin Cooking Subsitutes by Rosa Alonso 

Beef, tortillas, rice, queso, lechon and, yes, flan: how do you keep traditional Latino flavors minus the salt, grease and other artery-clogging ingredients? READ ARTICLE

Source: My Latino Voice

4. Free Recipes From Por Tu Familia / American Diabetes Association

For some people, control of the food is the hardest part of diabetes. But cooking healthy cooking does not mean tasteless. You may be wondering, "what I can eat?". The good news is that you can still enjoy the foods you like, as seen in the delicious recipes we offer. GET FREE RECIPES 

Source: Por Tu Familia

Note: I am the Social Media Manager and heavily involved with awareness in the NYC area. If you are interested in getting involved, please join our Facebook Group | Por Tu Familia NYC

5. The Camino Mágico ("Magic Road") is our colorful and user-friendly bilingual supermarket shopping guide and meal planner, aimed at helping Latinos make better choices while at the supermarket. It includes general nutrition information, meal ideas, a weekly grocery list and exercise guidelines for leading a healthier lifestyle. FREE PDF DOWNLOAD

Source: Latino Nutrition

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5 Resources To Eat Latino Food and Stay Healthy! (updated with Podcast)