Holidays don’t have to be the only time families get together to share a meal and create lasting memories. We all know the benefits of family time – tighter bonds, better communication and memorable traditions, and recent studies confirm all the positive effect of family time, especially in children.

Sierra Mist Natural is teaming up with Chef Aaron Sanchez, star of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Heat Seekers,” to launch “Comer Juntos: Una Tradicion Natural,” a program that encourages families to gather around the dinner table to share fun times over delicious Latin-inspired food and drinks.

“‘Comer Juntos’ means ‘Eating Together’ in English, and I’m excited about showing parents that there’s real joy in instilling the practice of a family meal, not only on special occasions but any night of the week,” said Chef Aaron, one of the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs. “Some of my favorite memories bring me back to cooking in the kitchen with my mom, it inspired me to become a chef and that’s a testament to the power of food and family.”

The “Comer Juntos” program will include 10 original recipes by Chef Aaron that deliver big Latin flavors yet require minimal heavy-lifting in the kitchen, freeing-up more time to spend with friends and family. From mouth-watering Slow Cooked RoastedFiesta Pork to refreshing Raspberry Rumba, each recipe highlights how the crisp, clean lemon-lime taste of Sierra Mist Natural is the perfect complement or unexpected ingredient for Latin flavors.

If Sierra Mist Natural as an ingredient surprises some, it shouldn’t. One of Chef Aaron’s secrets unveiled in the program is how the lemon-lime taste and real sugar enhances some of his recipes such as the Slow Cooked Roasted Chipotle Chicken. This flavorful chicken is slow cooked with Sierra Mist Natural for a hint of citrus, which marries beautifully with the smoky heat of chipotle.

Starting April 9, “Comer Juntos” will go live with seven step-by step videos of Chef Aaron’s delicious recipes, in both English and Spanish with new recipes unveiled every week. A downloadable recipe booklet will be also available including three bonus recipes. Chef Aaron’s videos and recipes will be featured at

“Ultimately our collaboration with Chef Aaron is a celebration of family and the bonds created around the dinner table,” said Brett O’Brien, Vice President – Marketing, Sierra Mist Natural. “We salute his talent and are pleased to share his culinary creativity with families from all backgrounds through this exciting and engaging web series.”