Eat Fit: Healthy Latin Dishes in the Spotlight

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, Eat Fit collaborates with restaurants across the state of Louisiana. The Hispanic population in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes is small but growing rapidly. Between 2000 and 2020, the Hispanic population grew from 4% to 9% of the total metro New Orleans population (The Data Center, 2021). The growing Hispanic community brings more Latin restaurants and growing demand for Latin cuisines. We worked with Eat Fit to highlight some of their partner restaurants that feature Latin dishes that promote good health. The Eat Fit menu seal helps customers identify foods that meet certain nutritional guidelines, such as vegetable-focused options, lean proteins, low sodium, and minimal added sugar. We want to celebrate these restaurants for showcasing these delicious, Latin-inspired dishes and being willing to take part in this important initiative. Read on for a few restaurant highlights!


Zuzul Coastal Cuisine

This Latin-owned seafood-focused restaurant features sustainable dishes inspired by the Latin American coast. The owner and chef, Gabriel Balderas from Oaxaca, Mexico, brings his innovations and classic dishes to the table. Visit Zuzul Coastal Cuisine in Shreveport, LA to try their fresh octopus, shrimp, or tuna ceviche!


Tessier Gourmet

Tessier Gourmet offers fresh and frozen homestyle foods made from scratch to order online and pick up from their business in Covington, LA. Their menu boasts several Latin-inspired dishes including several delicious tamale offerings: black bean & corn, beef, and roasted beet & portobello mushroom.


Azteca’s Mexican Cuisine

Located in Lafayette, LA, and owned by Heath Stelly, an Acadiana native, Azteca’s Mexican Cuisine features delicious offerings with a Cajun flair, traditional ambiance, and delicious options! Featured Eat Fit items include their chicken fajitas, grilled chicken breast and veggies, Eat Fit chicken tacos, and shrimp tacos.


Want to learn more about Eat Fit? Restaurants interested in becoming an Eat Fit partner can learn more here or reach out to the Eat Fit Nutrition Team at staff.eatfit@gmail.com. If you’re a customer looking for a way to navigate healthy options at restaurants, download the Eat Fit app!

Keep an eye on our social media pages as we feature more restaurants and dishes throughout Southern Louisiana and stay tuned for more tips on healthy eating in restaurants in upcoming blog posts.

If you have a favorite Latin American restaurant providing healthy and delicious dishes in your city, please use the comments to share with us!


References

The Data Center (2021, July 28). Who Lives in New Orleans and Metro Parishes Now?  https://www.datacenterresearch.org/data-resources/who-lives-in-new-orleans-now/

Featured image by Zuzul Coastal Cuisine of the Eat Fit verification on the restaurant’s website.

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