During the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School on Tuesday, attendees had a taste of healthy food rich in Mexican/Hispanic flavors.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office presented a healthy dinner meal as an alternative to fast food. During the food demonstrations, attendees were explained how simple changes like removing fats from cooking could help individuals with diabetes.

During the session, extension agents prepared a meal with items that many South Texas families had in their refrigerator.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with pre-diabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

People who suffer with type 1 diabetes must take insulin for life to survive and for individuals with type 2 diabetes a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating, regular physical activity, and medicines to lower blood sugar can help prevent or delay complications.

The dinner menu for the night was shrimp-cilantro tostada, Spanish rice and calabacita, and for dessert a Mexican hot chocolate and cheesecake cups.

Information booths were also available to attendees about the different ways to eat healthy and manage diabetes.