National Nutrition Month is celebrated every March to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This campaign focuses on bringing attention to better food choices in our daily meals, encouraging better eating habits and incorporating daily physical activity.
Sponsored by the Academics of Dietician and Nutrition this year marks their 40th anniversary. This year’s theme — “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” — encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. from eatright.org
I have asked my fellow Latina Food bloggers how they use their platform to promote healthy eating offer a few tips and share with us one of their favorite recipes.
“We promote healthy eats by posting a vegetarian recipe every Monday on our #MeatlessMondays series. We believe that if people started eating more veggies at least once a week that would make a huge difference in their overall health. Of course, more days would be better, but one has to start somewhere! We also promote a lot of Peruvian super foods, which have been used by Peruvians since ancient times to stay healthy and strong. We like to share this information with people who haven’t heard from them before,” Peru Delights
“Healthy recipes are important for promoting good health I use fresh seasonal organic products as those help maintaining healthy weight and also provide the vitamins needed to live a healthy lifestyle. Some examples include: I replace the use of processed sugar with agave nectar or sugar on the raw as well as I use olive and coconut oils to cook meals. Instead of using heavy creams I like to incorporate Greek yogurt to prepare healthy dips. I love avocados and many of my recipes include that ingredient which is a healthy protein and has good fatty oils, ” Adriana’s Best Recipes
recipe~ Greek Yogurt Dip
“Our blog and cookbook is three generations of Mexican recipes and a kind of evolution of Mexican food. As the third generation I am proud to say that Veronica and I make a sincere effort to create recipes with a healthy Mexican twist, which means less frying, less fat, high protein, and more fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. I’m most passionate about: food and familia and eating home cooked meals are important to me. And I’ll never forget the wonderful opportunity I had sitting with Mrs. Obama and discussing the importance of creating healthy eating habits for our children,” Muy Bueno
“I encourage substituting ingredients with lower calorie options. I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt and use it as a substitution for sour cream on my chilaquiles and enchilada recipes. Lemon juice or herbs and spices are great substitutions for table salt. Wine, balsamic vinegar, fruit juice or fat free broth has lower calories than oil based marinades. Look in your pantry! You may have healthier ingredients available to you and not realize it,” Nibbles and Feasts
recipe ~ Ambrosia Salad
“For me eating well is the most important thing in the whole world. I think eating healthy is the smartest thing you can do for your body, but it has to taste good in order to be appealing. I make it my business to eat well and healthy at the same time. I promote healthy eating on my blog by letting the reader know the benefits of a certain ingredient used and by making the food look sound and taste delicious,” Presley’s Pantry
“I try to promote healthy eats on my blog by using fresh ingredients, and fruits and veggies that are in season, to also keep it budget friendly,” La Cocina de Leslie
recipe ~ Ensalada de Nopales
“When possible, I try to keep a balance of ingredients by adding fresh and seasonal vegetables. I think they can be a flavorful substitution or addition to any recipe. Like in this cheesy tomato and spinach lasagna,” Hungry Food Love
recipe ~ Cheesy tomato and spinach lasagna
“I love to cook, I’ve been cooking since I was 12 years old, I learned to cook from scratch and that is something I like to share on my blog. I think cooking meals at home with fresh ingredients is a great way to promote healthy eating habits,” Mama Latina Tips
recipe~ Silvia’s Mexican Tuna Salad