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

5 Boozy cupcakes inspired by Latin cocktails! (RECIPES)


Although I am typically a very healthy eater, there are two things that I love to indulge in occasionally: cocktails and dessert. I just love a good margarita and a really nice piece of chocolate cake. And yes, I do mean that they go well together. Why not?! Then, one day, I discovered something even better: Latin cocktail-inspired cupcakes. Each one of these recipes is as unique as the cocktail that it is based on and, personally, I can't wait to try every single one. These delicious desserts are sure to inspire you and make everyone in your family happy. Now, let's eat up! YUM.

Continue Reading >

Latin slow cooker: Mexican lasagna that's low-cal AND kid-friendly! (RECIPE)

One of the most surprisingly delicious dishes you'll ever make is the Mexican lasagna. Although I shared the super-simple recipe with you earlier, there is an even better way to make it: in the slow cooker!

The best part about this slow cooker vegetarian Mexican lasagna is actually the fact that the recipe is so simple, it's one that I guarantee the kids will love (after all, who doesn't love lasagna?!) and it's also a good one to aid in your weight loss, since it's full of heart-healthy veggies. This recipe is really one of my favorite go-to dinners that my whole family (and friends) love. Trust me, it's delicious!

Continue Reading >

4 Latin super foods that will help you have a healthy pregnancy

When you're pregnant, there is a lot that you are constantly worrying about and preparing for. One of the biggest difficulties, I think, is making sure that you eat right. The doctor will likely tell you to stop eating a lot of your favorite foods (no sushi?!) and get you paranoid about the foods you should be eating all the time. Well, lucky for us, some of the good-for-you-during-pregnancy happen to be the BEST foods on the planet and they're Latin! If you're serious about having a healthy pregnancy, then try some of these 4 Latin super foods and you won't regret it. Not only are they all delicious but they'll definitely be helping that baby grow well!

Continue Reading >

5 Delicious Latin snacks under 150 calories


When it comes to snacking, how do you know what snacks are good and which ones aren't? Personally, I would love it if a nice cupcake was the healthiest snack of them all but, sadly, as I try to lose weight and keep it off, I have to think about delicious low-calorie snacks. Lucky for me (and you), there are some really delicious Latin snacks that are all under 150 calories. I guarantee that you won't believe how yummy these are--and you'll want to eat them more and more!

Continue Reading >

Latin ingredient of the week: How to roast your own pepitas (RECIPE)

I have a confession to make: Until this past year, I had never actually tried pepitas. Pumpkin was just not something my family ate very much, and so I was sadly lacking the roasted pumpkin seeds in my life until I finally decided that I just had to try them. Since then, I have fallen in love with pepitas in recipes like our ruby salad with crumbled feta and spicy pepitas, the spinach, radish slaw with crispy chiles and pepitas and the pumpkin pie with pepita nut and ginger topping.

My only regret so far is that I typically depend on store-bought pepitas and have yet to make them myself. Well, after discovering just how easy it is to roast your own pepitas, I don't know what I was waiting for!

Continue Reading >