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Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, MPH

Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian
Hollywood, FL

About Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, MPH

Marina Chaparro, RDN, CDE, MPH is a pediatric and diabetes nutrition expert who has been living with type 1 diabetes since her diagnosis at the age of 16.

She is a certified diabetes educator and founder of Nutrichicos, a bilingual nutrition practice specializing in children and family nutrition. Marina is a member of the Pediatric Endocrinology team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she provides comprehensive diabetes education to children and families and instructs patients on the latest technological advances in diabetes care.

As a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Marina routinely provides science-based commentary to major media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Univision Media, Miami Herald, Yahoo and Reuter’s Health. On her blog, Chaparro shares reliable, practical and science-driven recommendations to help families meet the nutrition needs of their children.

In addition, Marina speaks frequently at local and national conferences and serves as a nutrition expert for various health organizations on topics such as infant nutrition, Latino health issues, and diabetes. Marina earned a specialty certificate in pediatric weight management and is a graduate of Boston University (undergrad) and Florida International University (MPH).

Articles Written by Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, MPH

The Gestational Diabetes Diet: An Expert's Guide to What to Eat

If you've been diagnosed with gestation diabetes you're at increased risk of complications. Eating a nutritious diet can help keep you and your baby healthy. Follow this eating plan developed for OTD by a diabetes nutrition expert and mom.
If you have gestational diabetes, use this healthy-eating plan developed for OTD by a diabetes nutrition expert's. Eating better can help reduce the risk of complications for you and your baby.

Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts if You Have Diabetes

Here's why you should add nuts to your daily diet. Plus, a one day, diabetes-friendly guide to make your menu nuttier.

Liquid Diet: Beware of the Calories in Your Smoothies, Coffee, and Sports Drinks

Some of today's beverage options are deceptively high in sugar and calories making them almost as bad as drinking a soda. Check out the top 5 beverage offenders and healthier alternatives.
A certified diabetes educator explains the link between obesity and drinks with added sugar. Here's her list of top offenders with better alternatives. Cheers!

How to Use Technology to Monitor and Improve Blood Sugar Control

Overcoming your fear of technology can be the first step to better diabetes management. Here's our guide to the newest tech products.
Overcoming your fear of technology can be the first step to better diabetes management. Here's our guide to the newest tech products and how they can make your life easier.

10 Tricks to Help Your T1D Child Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween

For parents and kids with type 1 diabetes, Halloween can be a scary time—and not because of the frightening costumes. Here's how to get through the day without having a blood sugar emergency.
A type 1 mom and certified diabetes educator gives her tips for having a healthy, happy Halloween—without any blood sugar emergencies.

Artificial Sweeteners or Natural Sugar: Which is Best for People with Diabetes?

Here's what you need to know to understand the impact of sweeteners—both nutritive and non-nutritive—on your blood sugar.

How Low Can You Go? Expert Advice On the Keto and Other Low-Carb Diets and Diabetes

Can blood sugar be better managed by following a ketogenic diet? An expert explains the benefits and the risks.
Keto diets may be trending as an "easy" way to lose weight fast. Learn what the research shows and why dietitians and other experts aren't big fans of low-carb eating.

Is a Vegetarian Diet Better for Diabetes?

Research suggests that well planned, vegetarian diets that are rich in whole grains, fiber, legumes, nuts, and unsaturated fats can help improve blood sugar and may even prevent diabetes. Here, a registered dietitian and type 1 tells you what you need to know.
Learn how a vegetarian diet can improve diabetes and how to safely follow one from a registered dietitian with type 1 diabetes.

For Weight Loss and Better Glucose Control Eat a Big Breakfast

New research suggests that eating a big breakfast and a small dinner beats six small meals for weight loss and blood sugar control.

Pasta and Diabetes: 5 Healthy Ways to Eat Pasta

Here's how to put some pasta on your plate without sending your blood sugars soaring!
Yes, you can eat pasta if you have diabetes. Here are 5 healthy ways to incorporate it in a blood-sugar friendly way

7 Hearty, Diabetes-Friendly Breakfasts Created by A Nutritionist Who Has Type 1

Growing up in a Mexican household meant enjoying large meals in the morning. Here's why I continue this delicious tradition plus my favorite morning menus. What I eat may surprise you!
7hearty, diabetes-friendly breakfast menus created by a nutritionist who lives with type 1 diabetes.

6 Ways A CDE Can Help You Live Longer

Do you have prediabetes? The secret to avoiding diabetes may be working with a certified diabetes educator (CDE)
Learn how working with a CDE can help you live longer--even if you don't have diabetes.

How to Eat Rice and Beans When You Have Diabetes

Unfortunately, Hispanics are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the rest of the population. If you're Hispanic like I am, you probably love your rice, beans, and guacamole. Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give them up.
Being Hispanics increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But it doesn't mean you have to give up cultural favorites like rice and beans. Here's what you need to know.

8 Last-Minute Healthy Gift Ideas

Thanks to 2-day shipping and plenty of great wellness products, there's still time to give the gift of health this year. Here, top picks from a certified diabetes educator/registered dietician.

7 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

Americans love snacking—especially at work. Here are some expert tactics for avoiding weight-gain during the Holiday season.
A registered dietitian tells you how to avoid weight gain during the holiday season. Healthy snacking may be the key.

10 Best Survival Tips for Parents of Newly-Diagnosed Type 1s

Learning your child has type 1 diabetes can be an emotional and overwhelming experience for parents. Here are tips from a mom with type 1 diabetes who is also a certified diabetes educator.
If you're the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes you know what an overwhelming experience it can be. Here are tips from a mom with type 1 who is also a certified diabetes educator.

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