A Taste of Hispanic Heritage

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of culture and history by American citizens of Hispanic descent. According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to start on September 15 and end on October 15.

In honor of the month, we offer some of our best Hispanic recipes from our sister blog, Eat Smart. The Eat Smart blog features family recipes, parenting tips, and more to keep your family healthy.

Try one of these recipes for a meal or a snack!

Simple Fish Tacos

Enchilada Casserole

Fruit Salad with Jicama

Black  Bean and Corn Salsa

Mango Smoothie

Southwest Veggie Bake

Mango Salsa

The Eat Smart blog is also available in Spanish. Sign up to receive post updates and more in Spanish at https://extension.umd.edu/programs/family-consumer-sciences/snap-ed/eat-smart/en-espanol/eat-smart-blog-en-espanol.

Fun Ways to Hydrate

I’ll be honest, my kids do not like drinking water. It’s always a challenge to keep them hydrated in the summertime and I’ve had to be a little creative in finding flavored waters and alternatives that don’t have a lot of sugar. So because today is National Hydration Day, I’m sharing a few ways I’ve learned to keep my children (and myself!) hydrated.

Watermelon Pops

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, washed, chopped, seeds removed
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1-2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, washed
  • Freezer Pop Molds

Directions

  1. Blend watermelon, lime juice and sugar in a blender until smooth.
  2. Divide blueberries among freezer pop molds.
  3. Pour watermelon mixture in each pop mold. Leave a little room at the top.
  4. Insert the sticks and freeze until firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in warm water before serving.

Fizzy & Fruity Water

Ingredients

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water

Directions

  1. Put two ice cubes into one serving cup.
  2. Add orange juice.
  3. Add sparkling water.
  4. Stir and enjoy.

My tricks come from the University of Maryland SNAP-Ed Eat Smart program, which provides full recipes and a blog. Follow them for more kid-friendly recipes!