The Funky Spork shares healthy recipes & promotes local food systems.
Hello! My name is Mara, and I am the creator of the Funky Spork. I am an Urban Planner who is passionate about sharing my yummy, easy, healthy & quirky plant-based recipes with you and your family! 🙂
Two years ago, my life forever changed: I remember going to my doctor’s office for a regular checkup, and the look of worry in her face when she told me that I was officially pre-diabetic. Even though health issues, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes were already rampant within both the Dominican and Puerto Rican sides of my family, I was shocked. Type II Diabetes would never affect ME, was my thought. Since this diagnosis, I have tried my best to take my health into my OWN hands: After trying different recipes, workout regimens, and diets, I eventually began to realize that the best source of health in nutrition was literally under my nose and growing from the ground: Fresh, healthy & local plants! Aside from plants, I really began to learn and see how whole, minimally processed foods have been positively impacting my health.
Aside from developing delicious & healthy original recipes, local food & sustainability have been two other drivers behind this platform. It’s important to know how our food is sourced and lands on our table. I am passionate about showing and highlighting local players that are using sustainable manners to cultivate & grow the food that we eat-therefore, demonstrating how environmental stewardship and social equity can be viewed through the lens of food.
The Funky Spork platform gives me the opportunity to channel my passion for cooking and exploring flavors around me with the people that I love, highlighting local food, and sharing this all with YOU! I’m still trying to figure out what optimal ‘healthy’ eating and living look like for me. But trust me…I’m getting there.
Through this platform, I do the following:
- Facilitate community-based cooking demos, workshops, and classes.
- The development of original recipes.
- The creation of social media content, including blog features on local food systems topics.
- Video production for recipes and interviews.
- Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope you and your family can enjoy my recipes, tips, and local dining features. Let’s grow healthy, together!
**DISCLAIMER: Mara Latorre nor The Funky Spork is neither a Registered Dietitian nor a nutritionist. If you have are seeking advice on any dietary change, please consult with a Registered Dietitian or a medical professional.