LA TRINIDAD, Nicaragua — Early one hot summer morning in this remote village, Cesar Hernandez was eating an unusual breakfast.
Instead of fried cheese, rice, beans, fried bananas, and soda made from powder — a typical first meal of the day for many Nicaraguans — he sipped a purple smoothie made of beets, carrots, milk and an egg.
Healthy eating is uncommon in Nicaragua. The normal diet is heavy with starches, sugar, and salt. Processed foods are ubiquitous. Deep-frying is a favorite way to cook.