Healthy Holiday

By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthNutritionist Malena Perdomo is spreading her love for avocados during the holiday season.  “Not only are avocados delicious, but they are packed with lots of vitamins that will help families stay healthy during the holidays and all year long,” said Perdomo, MS, RD, CDE. 

Perdomo’s passion for leading a healthy lifestyle was born from her personal experiences with her family as her mother suffered from breast cancer and her aunt lives with type 2 diabetes.  As a mother of two young boys, Perdomo adopts a more nutrition-conscious way of life and incorporates satisfying, nutritional foods into her everyday meals.  “You know there is this misconception that once you start to live a healthy lifestyle, there’s goes the taste of the food,” laughed Perdomo, who was in town last week to share some of her most famous avocado inspired dishes.  “That’s why I love nutrient packed foods like avocados.  You can use them in almost every dish and you don’t have to sacrifice the flavor.  The dish will still be just as delicious, but healthier.”

With that said, Perdomo joined Saborea Uno Hoy to share easy recipes incorporating Hass avocados, which are available all year-long.  “I’m so excited about this partnership because we are educating families about the many ways to incorporate an avocado into your meal a day.”  Currently, Perdomo is a Nutrition Consultant and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where she teaches food and culture classes for their nutrition program.  She also writes about wellness and nutrition for AARP en español.  For some of her recipes, visit       

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