Irina Gonzalez

I'm a food & health staff writer for Mamás Latinas, with a blog devoted to Healthy Latin Food and maintaining a 100lb weight loss.

Creative from a young age, I fell in love with writing early on and have never looked back. My education took me from journalism classes at NYU to an internship at Latina magazine, working in magazines and finally to MamásLatinas. Here I write about anything and everything but I'm a passionate foodie devoted to healthy eating and learning to enjoy exercise as I work on maintaining a 100lb weight loss.

I know I'm Latina when...

I wear bright, vibrant colors in any season, for any occasion. Oh, and lots of animal print!

Irina's Latest Posts
Chicos De Buen Comer

5 Ways to get kids to eat real food

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As someone who's gone up-and-down in weight her whole life, I know now that eating healthy is ALL about keeping the weight off and I am absolutely determined to make sure that I do the same with my family. That's why I think it's very important to eat real food, instead of processed junk--and even teaching the kids to eat real food, too! Why? Well, good habits start early. If you constantly fight with your kids about eating their veggies and opting for healthier choices, I have a few suggestions on how you can teach them and make it easier for everyone involved. Read on and find out how!

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Hora de mezclar

5 Coffee desserts that will blow your mind! (RECIPES)


It's National Coffee Day and, honestly, what's better than a delicious cup of cafecito in the morning? 

I'll tell you what: coffee desserts for National Coffee Day! These 5 Latin coffee desserts, to be exact. Bake one of these today to have with your morning cup or for that perfect ending to a great dinner. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month: 21 Recipes from all of our countries!


What's better than celebrating our culture with 21 traditional recipes from ALL of our countries?

No matter where you came from or what country's food you've been dying to try, there's a recipe here for everyone. From appetizers (like Puerto Rican alcapurrias) to a full entrée (like Venezuelan pabellón criollo) to an amazing dessert (like Brazilian chocolate fudge truffles, a.k.a. brigadeiros), indulge your love of Latin food with these amazing dishes.

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National Guacamole Day: 5 Yummy recipes to help you celebrate


Today is QUITE the day! It's National Guacamole Day! And what's a better way to celebrate today than with these five scrumptious guacamole recipes that are just perfect--try them all today if you can!

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The #1 secret to keeping pregnancy weight under control (EXCLUSIVE RECIPE)

The Low GI eating plan (also known as the low-glycemic diet) is the topic of the book The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy, coming out in April. Lucky for you, we have a sneak peek at the revolutionary diet, which breaks down how choosing your food according to the glycemic index (how carbohydrates affect our sugar levels) can help your health and most importantly, how this type of diet can help you concieve and stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

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