Sabrosa Vida cooking, diet program makes maintaining a healthy diet, scrumptious with free programs

What picture involves thoughts when you concentrate on maintaining a healthy diet? For those who’re like me, you’re seeing a plate stuffed with veggies and perhaps some bland rooster breast. What if there was a strategy to reprogram your mind — in addition to your procuring checklist and consuming habits — in order that planning wholesome meals sparked creativity to boost recipes?

Sabrosa Vida is a chef-led cooking and diet program delivered to the neighborhood by the El Paso Heart for Diabetes, in partnership with the Paso del Norte Well being Basis’s Wholesome Dwelling precedence space.

The curriculum was pilot examined by the Heart for Diabetes in 2019 and I’m excited to announce that primarily based on enter from the primary cohort of contributors, 10 new recipes and a brand new module on worldwide cooking have been developed and new courses have already begun. There’s nonetheless time to enroll in the remaining courses, however area is proscribed.

“What we realized from our pilot program was that individuals don’t need assistance discovering wholesome methods to prepare dinner the staple meals most El Pasoans eat,” mentioned Sandra Gonzalez, government director of the El Paso Heart for Diabetes. “They needed to learn to prepare dinner various kinds of delicacies, in addition to tips about meal planning.”

Jana Renner is program officer for the Paso del Norte Well being Basis.

With the assistance of registered dietitian and chef Dr. Sarah Ruiz, founding father of Solar Metropolis Dietitians, the five-week Sabrosa Vida program now consists of 5 classes: Introduction to Cooking and Carbohydrates, Study to Love Your Greens, Range Your Protein, Chunk-sized Desserts, and Worldwide Delicacies. Every lesson consists of a diet schooling element with data on the best way to learn labels, meals security, portion management and aim setting.

“We use substances which might be native and seasonal — this has the extra profit of creating meals scrumptious and reasonably priced at about $2 to $3 per serving,” Ruiz mentioned. “What we have now discovered is that studying the best way to substitute more healthy substances into meals has helped contributors unlock their creativity within the pantry and the kitchen and use what they’ve realized in making ready different wholesome meals.”

Throughout every class, a chef will exhibit the best way to put together that lesson’s menu merchandise. Then the enjoyable begins. Individuals put together the dish themselves, utilizing their creativity by substituting substances from the lesson to go well with their private style.

“One in every of our new recipes is a Pad Thai, which makes use of tofu, a wholesome protein substitute,” Ruiz mentioned. “I’m not stunned to be taught {that a} participant used that lesson to arrange tofu tacos. Tofu is a superb substitute for protein that, when you learn to put together it, it adapts and absorbs the flavors of your seasoning. Individuals will discover that after you inventory your pantry with a few of the substances from our recipes, they can be utilized in a lot of completely different and artistic methods.”

As well as, you could find useful movies, recipes, and tips about the Diabetes Now What? web site. There are movies for wholesome snacking, ingredient substitution, a procuring information for diabetes-friendly grocery procuring and recipes like a scrumptious mushroom posole. Head to to seek out out extra.

Diabetes and weight problems are main elements in a wide range of different persistent illnesses nationwide and significantly in our area. The Well being Basis’s focus within the Wholesome Consuming initiative is academic packages, comparable to diet and cooking courses like Sabrosa Vida, that affect behaviors in deciding on, making ready, cooking and consuming heathy.

For those who’re concerned with signing up for Sabrosa Vida courses, go to or name 915-532-6280. Courses are free and obtainable for all adults.

Jana Renner is senior program officer for the Paso del Norte Well being Basis. She could also be reached at 915-218-2616 and [email protected]

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