MS, RDN, CDE.
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
- Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.
- Masters of Science in Nutrition Education.
I teach SIMPLE ways of eating that are based on nutritious foods and simple steps to eating well.
I believe that with a few simple steps you can eat super delicious foods, have a healthy mindset about food and nutrition, cook fast meals, and save money.
It shouldn’t be complicated to eat a balanced diet with delicious foods!
The problem is that the diet-obsessed industry wants to make it look difficult such as having to follow a strict diet in other to be healthy.
Staying active and planning delicious meals is one of the first step to live well.
However, as simple as it sounds, life gets on the way that prevent this from happening. If this is you, you’re not alone.
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I am passionate about teaching how to eat healthy with delicious foods.
Malena’s work includes counseling families, or groups to make changes to their lifestyle. She enjoys developing consumer-oriented print and video materials on general nutrition, diabetes, and other topics geared toward Latinos. She is an adjunct professor of nutrition at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
As the nutritionist of a Colorado Spanish TV health show Los Secretos de Maya, she is the co-author of a cookbook with chef Martin Limas Villers and Maya Leon Meis. This cookbook is a compilation of healthy Latin recipes. As a mom and a dietitian, she continues to share her Latin-inspired recipes and keeps adapting them to make them quick, delicious, and healthy.
She has collaborated in community research programs teaching nutrition for the Latino community of Denver. She enjoys teaching families how to create delicious Latin meals that are part of the family culture.
Malena served as the Latino Nutrition Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics), from 2005 until 2011. She was also a Past-Chair of Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics & Nutrition (LAHIDAN), a Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For several years, she was a former outpatient clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, a WIC program public health dietitian, and a consultant dietitian for children with special needs. She was at one point the star nutritionist in Denver for a campaign for Latinos, known as LiveWell Colorado.
She is a graduate of Florida State University-Panama Canal Branch and the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga and earned a master’s degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Malena is from The Republic of Panama, lives in Denver, and has two children Alexander and Max.