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Fueling Up With Healthy Rice Pudding (Healthy Arroz con Leche Recipe)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.


Food, especially the unhealthy variety, is a served around the holidays.  It’s no wonder many New Year’s resolutions revolve around weight loss. We all have a tendency to pack on a few extra “holiday pounds” between Halloween and Christmas.  As a parent, I am always concerned about what my children are eating but I tend to let down my guard, a bit, over the holidays.  Like many cultures, Latinos associate certain foods with holidays and historically those foods are not the most healthy and nutritious. My children love these foods, however, and so do I.

I was challenged by Fuel Up to Play 60 and inspired by the new The Dairy Good Cookbook to recreate one of our favorite Holiday dishes in a way that was healthier than the traditional version.  Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program that recently launched Fuel Up to Play 60 en espanol, which offers resources in Spanish to further reach Latino/Hispanic students, parents and communities and help them live healthier lifestyles. And this doesn’t just mean through physical activity but also good nutrition! For my recipe, I selected one of our family favorites, Arroz con Leche, and took up this challenge with a lot of enthusiasm because, if I can manage to make a healthier Arroz con Leche that means I can eat a LITTLE more of it!  Afterall, moderation IS key to a healthier lifestyle!

Traditional Arroz con Leche contains loads of sugar, heavy cream, white rice…it’s carbohydrate and fat heaven!  My first thought was to change the rice and substitute a healthier brown rice for white.  I also traded heavy cream for skim milk and reduced the sugar a bit. I promise, you won’t miss the extra sugar when you ramp up the flavor with this recipe, because healthy eating is a major component of children’s wellness as emphasized by Fuel Up to Play 60.


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Healthy Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche Recipe)
Healthy Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche Recipe)
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cinammon stick
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • zest from one orange
  1. Add milk, rice, honey and cinnamon stick to a saucepan. Heat until boiling softly.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until milk has reduced and the rice is to your desired consistency.



Celebrating the holidays doesn’t have to mean over indulging.  Moderation is key and tweaking your favorite recipes to make them a bit healthier is easy, if you try.  We’ll be enjoying our Arroz con Leche as well as a variety of other traditional foods that are healthier this year. I took inspiration for this recipe from The Dairy Good Cookbook.


There are over 100 delicious recipes in the cookbook, as well as some Hispanic recipes that showcase dairy as a nutritious, and delicious food option.  You can visit Fuel up to Play 60 en Español or English for more ideas on adopting a healthier and active lifestyle for your kids and the entire family.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.

About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Coolchillmom

    I never thought about making this favorite traditional dish with brown rice. I am going to try it out
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  2. Gilda Campos

    Que rico se ve esa copa de arroz con leche!. Voy a buscar ese libro para tenerlo en casa.

  3. Laura Rodriguez

    Qué rico este arroz con leche, voy a probar esta receta más saludable, gracias por la recomendación César.
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  4. Wanda Lopez

    Que rica esa receta. Suena super saludable y deliciosa. La tendre que probar para una de nuestras fiestas de Navidad! Gracias.
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  5. Dailycurlz

    This look so delicious and I love the healthy twist.. Thanked for sharing
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  6. Monica

    Me parece muy buena la idea de hacerlo con arroz integral, me encanta esta campaña que nos ayuda a hacer mejores decisiones principalmente en estas fechas.
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  7. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Super deliciosa receta! Me encanta el toque que le dieron!
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  8. adriana martin

    Arroz con leche me quiero yo casar yummy!
    One of my favorite desserts and loving the idea of using the brown rice instead.
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