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

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!

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5 Delicious Latin snacks under 150 calories

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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!

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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!

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The 4 craziest diets of all time!

Have you ever tried an extreme diet? I did. A couple of weeks ago, I tried to go on a 5-day cleanse where I drank only juice. I thought I would be fine, since most of the juices were pretty healthy (low in sugar, filled with nutrients and plenty of veggies), but after a day I just didn't feel great and decided to quit. Although I think the 1-day juice cleanse actually helped me in the long run, it got me thinking about some of the other insane diets out there. Juicing aside, here's our collection of the 4 craziest (and most dangerous!) diets of all time. These will scare you--don't ever try them!

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Latin slow cooker: Chicken enchilada stack to make your mouth water (RECIPE)

I love me some slow cooker enchiladas. I mean, who wouldn't? I love my slow cooker because it's great to prepare something in the morning and have it freshly cooked and ready for you when you come home at night. And I love enchiladas because, well, they're just delicious. One thing I've never tried, though, is an enchilada stack--a dish easily prepared in the slow cooker where you stack the tortillas instead of rolling them. Who ever heard of such a crazy thing?! Well, now I have and now you have, so let's start! Making this slow cooker chicken enchilada stack is going to be easy and delicious. I'm betting that it will be a family favorite in no time!

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