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At a Publix Sabor supermarket in Hialeah yesterday, the Latino Nutrition Coalition held a media event to promote better health through traditional foods and lifestyles. The event was part of a national campaign targeting Hispanics, who are diagnosed with diet-related diseases such as diabetes at high rates. An article in today’s Miami Herald described the Coalition’s message as “more rice and beans, fewer fast-food burgers.” Sounds good to us!

The Coalition is hoping to distribute thousands of bilingual healthy-eating guides in south Florida (download a copy here). Although the guide is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid, with meat enjoying the top position, the guide includes a few welcome suggestions.

Among the vegan-friendly sample dishes in the guide is a tortilla-based snack filled with peanut butter, raisins and trail mix, and a Banana shake with soymilk. The recipe– place 1 frozen banana, 1 cup chocolate soy milk in a blender– includes the comment, “I love soymilk because it has no lactose and delivers as much calcium as dairy milk, plus all the benefits of soy protein.”

The Herald reporter spoke to a few Publix Sabor shoppers at the event, including Mirta Reyes who was shopping with her 10-year-old grandson. We were thrilled with Mirta’s comment on the healthy-eating suggestions: ‘’Our family has been vegetarian for a long time.”

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