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Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Family Members

Making Healthy Food Choices without Giving Up the Traditional Foods You Love

People are exposed to food everywhere they go—at work, at church, at the mall, at school, at meetings, and even at doctors’ offices. Special celebrations, observances, and holidays ... they’re all about food. So what do you do if you are Hispanic with diabetes who loves food and who lives in a household where cooking is an art?
Many Hispanics face this question when they learn that either they have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  The good news is you do not have to abandon the traditional foods you love to control diabetes and stay healthy, if you make some changes in how you cook meals. A resource that can help is the recipe booklet Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families (Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiares) and its corresponding recipe card sets. These resources show what healthy eating really is, as well as how you can still enjoy traditional foods and control your diabetes and help loved ones with the disease. The recipe booklet and recipe cards are available in English and Spanish.

“This recipe booklet provides resources for dietitians, diabetes educators, and people who want to manage their diabetes, but don’t want to lose their cultural identity,” said Betsy Rodríguez, deputy director of the National Diabetes Education Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “Tasty Recipes will teach Hispanics how to make healthy food choices and plan and prepare meals that are nutritious as well as tasty. It will help our community overcome the cultural barriers to adopting small steps to eat better.”

The booklet’s recipes include Spanish Omelet (Tortilla española), Beef or Turkey Stew (Carne de res o de pavo guisada), Caribbean Red Snapper (Pargo rojo caribeño), Two Cheese Pizza (Pizza de dos quesos), and Avocado Tacos (Tacos de aguacate). All recipes include nutrition information.

The recipe booklet and recipe cards are two of the most popular publications from the National Diabetes Education Program. They are available free at Find them in the list of publications under the Publications tab, or call 1–888–693–NDEP (6337) to receive copies of the recipe booklet, Tasty Recipes.

If you are a healthcare professional who has Hispanic patients who could benefit from these healthy recipes and other valuable resources that encourage discussions about healthy eating, visit  Print public service announcements for Tasty Recipes, which can be used in newsletters or as flyers at special events, such as health fairs or diabetes classes, are also available for download on the site. For additional inquires about the recipe booklet, recipe cards, poster and other nutrition resources contact Betsy Rodríguez at

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