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Hispanic-owned food company Goya Foods, together with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’sMove” initiative and the USDA, has launched the “MyPlate/MiPlato” cookbook, “Healthy, Tasty, Affordable Latin Cooking.” The bilingual book is part of the national MyPlate campaign aimed at teaching Americans about healthy eating.
“Healthy, Tasty Affordable Latin Cooking” offers 10 complete, balanced meal ideas featuring 30 healthy recipes from all over Latin America and Spain, in addition to healthy Latin accents to enliven typical American dishes. Each of the USDA-approved meals incorporates all five basic food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. The cookbook also includes nutritional information for every recipe, simple preparation tips, and the estimated costs for each meal. Further, the page detailing Goya’s nutritious ingredients should make assembling a healthy plate a snap for consumers.
“The health and welfare of our consumers has always been an important issue for Goya,” said Chef Carey Yorio of the Secaucus, N.J.-based company. “We created the MyPlate cookbook to provide families with healthy, delicious and affordable recipes that can easily fit into everyday living.”
In January 2011, Goya joined Let’s Move! to launch MiPlato, the Spanish version of MyPlate, to help promote healthy eating among Hispanics. As well as the cookbook, Goya has issued brochures, posters and educational lesson plans highlighting MyPlate, among them recipes and the USDA’s “10 tips to a great plate.”
The MyPlate icon appears on many Goya product labels, among them Black, Pinto, White and Red Kidney Beans, Chick Peas and Sazon Natural and Complete. The company also expanded its low-sodium, fat-free, gluten-free and sugar-free product lines. Throughout the year, Goya has integrated healthy eating into its marketing, events, and public relations campaigns, and will continue to back new programs and events to promote health and wellness across the nation.
Consumers can download the cookbook online.