Cocina Heritage, a family owned catering business specializing in traditional recipes from Central and Southern Mexico, joined ¡Por Vida!, a Metro Health program which provides healthy options at local restaurants and other facilities. Cocina Heritage will offer ¡Por Vida! meals through catering events, take-out, and at their farmer’s market location at Castle Hills.
“Mexican cuisine is part of the local flavor and culture of San Antonio” says Metro Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Dietitian, Anna Macnak. “We’re very excited to have Cocina Heritage join ¡Por Vida! to identify the healthy options in our community.”
A ¡Por Vida! registered dietitian analyzed several ¡Por Vida! approved entrées and sides options to be offered by Cocina Heritage. All these food options follow the strict ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria where an entrée item cannot exceed 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, and 325 mg of sodium. A ¡Por Vida! side item cannot exceed 200 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams trans fats, and 215 mg sodium. ¡Por Vida!-approved items may not be fried.
Some of Cocina Heritage’s ¡Por Vida! menu items include: Tinga de Pollo, Chicken Vegetable Tamal, Vegan Tamal, Pollo Pibil, Cochinita Pibil, Huitlacoche, and Mole Paste. All items that fit ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria will be marked with the ¡Por Vida! logo for easy recognition.
“We want to show the community that Mexican food can be healthy,” said Lupita Rivero and Silvia Alcaraz, sisters and co-owners of Cocina Heritage. “Our use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and traditional Mexican food preparation methods will give you complex layers of flavor while keeping the calories and salt in check.”