5 Latinx Registered Dietitians to Follow for Healthy Eating Inspiration

The majority of Americans struggle to manage their relationship with food. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 74% of American adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. Furthermore, more than 47% of Hispanic or Latina women and 45% of Hispanic or Latina men live with obesity.

While many factors like metabolism, body type, genetics, medical conditions, and access to healthy food can play a factor, education about nutrition and healthy eating can be crucial to making positive changes.

These eight Latinx registered dietitians are passionate about sharing their food knowledge with others and impacting their communities. Learn more about these nutrition experts and give them a follow to stay connected.

Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, MPH

Marina Chaparro is a registered dietitian, diabetes educator, founder of Nutrichicos and Goodlife Diabetes, and author of "Pregnancy & Diabetes: A Real-Life Guide for Women With Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes." She also offers online nutrition coaching for children, families, and pregnancy.

"My journey to becoming a dietitian started when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my senior year of high school," says Chaparro. "I became intrigued with understanding how food affected my blood sugar and also the human body. After taking a few nutrition classes, I fell in love."

Chaparro, who specializes in pediatrics and those living with diabetes says she's proud to help families raise healthy eaters with positive relationships to food. "I don't believe in diets or using tricks for kids to eat vegetables," she says. "Teaching kids to have a healthy relationship with food is sometimes more important than whether they eat kale."

She says it's the person connections with clients that keep her inspired. As a follower of her accounts, you'll find fact-based insights and advice, meal planning tips, tasty, kid-approved recipe ideas, and plenty of myth busting.

"One of the biggest myths I would like to dispel is that food is good or bad," she says. "It is so much more than carbs, fat, and protein. Food is culture; it is enjoyment and memories."

Follow Marina at @nutrichicos and @goodlife.diabetes.

Diana Rodriguez, MS, RD CDN

Diana Rodriguez is the founder of Weight Loss for Latinas, where she shares nutrition and fitness tips, meal ideas, and practical ways to integrate healthy choices into each day.

"Growing up in NYC, I saw little to no representation about what type of meals I should consume to help me stay on track with my health and wellness," says Rodriguez. "And when I sought help, whether professional, online, or through magazine articles, I was told to eat bland foods or foods that just didn’t fit my cultural taste buds."

Rodriguez says she became a dietitian to help Latina women understand that they don’t have to give up their favorite Latin dishes to lose weight. And that following diets that don't take their cultural needs into account aren't set up for success.

"A sustainable lifestyle change for Latinas means that they can eat their mangu con tres golpes, their favorite taco dish, and even desserts such as tres leches or flan while losing weight," she says. "Not a temporary fix, but keeping it off and gaining that confidence that they deserve without deprivation, ever!

Rodriguez loves working with fellow independent, strong Latina women who know what we want—just may not have the tools or resources to achieve those goals.

"I love working with my community and guiding them through evidence-based research to dispel diet myths and help them reach their health and weight loss goals in a sustainable long term manner" she says.

Follow Diana at @latinanutritionist.

Dalina Soto, MA, RD, LDN

Dalina Soto is an anti-diet dietitian who is dedicated to helping Latinas put an end to chronic dieting. She shares truth bombs about diet culture in a way that's comforting, not shameful.

"I specialize in intuitive eating and health of every size," she says. "I believe all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their size. My goal as their dietitian is to help them get healthy within their means they have available to them, without shame or guilt."

Not only does Soto dispel food myths, (like "carbs are evil"), she focuses on how diet culture has impacted people from a mental health perspective to give her clients a full view into what healthy living really means.

Follow Dalina at @your.latina.nutritionist.

Krista Linares, MPH, RDN

Krista Linares, MPH, RDN, is a Mexican and Cuban-American dietitian who focuses on helping women with PCOS live a healthy life that doesn't sacrifice flavor.

"I decided to become an RD after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and multiple food allergies in the same year." she says. "I had thought I was eating healthfully, but after those two diagnoses, I felt everything I thought I knew about nutrition was no longer working for me, and I had to learn how to eat from scratch. There was so much conflicting information online, and I felt confused and anxious about food."

Her work cuts through this confusion with simple and intuitive advice—helping her clients realize they can still eat the foods they love, while managing their health.

"It is about small shifts in behaviors, rather than finding the perfect food or diet," she says. "I want to help other people find ease and confidence with nutrition and help prevent some of that anxiety I felt when first diagnosed."

Follow Krista at @latina.dietitian.

Sandra Salazar

Sandra Salazar is a nutritionist and future RDN known for sharing beautiful recipe photos, nutrition facts, and simple plant-based tips.

"When I was 13 years old, I decided to become a vegetarian," she says. "I began to read about how to get the nutrients I needed and cook new foods. However, it didn’t click that this passion was my calling until I was older. When I figured out that I could be a nutritionist, I signed up for an online course, passed my exams, and became a certified plant-based nutritionist. But I still felt like there was so much to learn and have decided to get a degree in nutrition and food with an emphasis on dietetics."

When she receives her degree, Salazar will specialize in Hispanic and Latinx plant-based eating where cultural foods are not lost due to a diet change.

"I often hear that if you follow a plant-based or vegan diet, then you must say goodbye to all the foods you grew up knowing and loving. This is false!"

Follow Sandra at @myvidaverde.

By Cheryl S. Grant
Cheryl S. Grant is a writer, and nutritionist. She has written for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Brides, Glamour, Yoga Journal, and others.