Expose your Students to Hispanic Food
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th- October 15th) I thought it would be a great idea to encourage your students to incorporate what we think of as traditional Hispanic foods into our everyday American diet. There are many foods that are used daily in Latino households, but many times omitted from the traditional American diet. Most of these foods are very tasty, but people, especially children, don’t try them for the fear of the unknown. It won’t hurt to add some “spice” into our lives, so what better time than the present.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of ingredient substitutes for you to give your students to try. Below you will find a list of traditional American foods and condiments. In the next column you’ll find a substitute for a traditional Hispanic food or condiment. You may want to bring in some of these items for your students to try. Most of these items are usually inexpensive. I’d love to know how your students respond to these alternatives.
|Bananas||Baked or Fried Plantains|
|Hamburger||Beef or Steak Burrito|
|Hotdog or Sausage||Chorizo|
|Pork n Beans||Black Beans|
|Potato Chips||Plantain or Yucca Chips|
|Salt/Pepper or Seasoned Salt||Adobo Spices|
|Sandwich||Arepa, Cemita, Quesadilla, Torta|
|Scrambled Eggs||Huevos Rancheros|
|Soda||Apple, Coconut, Guava, Tamarind Flavor Sodas|
|White Rice||Spanish Rice|
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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