Selena Gomez recently admitted that part of the reason she fell so sick over the weekend was that she is a junk food addict and was not eating right. With a schedule as crazy as hers, this is something that the former Disney teen queen really has to stay on top of—unless she wants to find herself in the hospital again! We can't really blame her, when life gets crazy busy (as it always seems to be for Gomez) it's hard to take the time out to really take care of yourself.
But now it's a little easier, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently unveiled a food plate as its new nutritional icon. Half of MyPlate, as it is called, contains fruits and veggies, while the other half has whole grains and lean protein, with a side of low-fat dairy.
“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “It’s an image that can be reinforced and practiced at breakfast, lunch and at dinner, no matter how old we are.”
We asked New York City–based health coach Marian Isel Barragán to tell us the Latina food plate should look like, so we can be sure to eat healthy and help Selenita avoid the pitfalls of junk food:
Tropical fruits like mangos, papayas and bananas are wonderful and good for you. We should also adopt fruits like peaches, apples and berries.
There are so many different things that you can do with salads! Add a little arugula or spinach. Sweet potato and pumpkin are really popular in Latin meals and make delicious soups.
Switch from white rice to brown rice. It has more fiber and nutrients. Quinoa, a grain that was very popular during the Aztec empire, is also very versatile.
Every single Latin country eats beans—black beans, garbanzo, lentils—make them a main dish. They're low in fat and it’s really economical. Start with garbanzo beans and add sweet potatoes and cabbage and the next thing you know it’s a main dish! When you make rice and beans, try to make the beans the bigger part of the dish.
If you do away with the sugar, arroz con leche can be your dairy—made with brown rice and agave, it’s a treat that tastes great and is great for you!