5 Things Friday (Cameron Diaz, Childhood Obesity & More!)

tacoalpastorOkay, it’s time for 5 Things Friday and this is typically the time that I overshare a little bit. And I think that’s okay, right? You’re not judging me, are you? Anyway…

I’m loving life right now. Ever since my birthday, I think that things have been going really well for me. The only caveat? I’m not actually at the weight that I want to be at. Back when I lost over 100 pounds, the lowest I got down to was 120 pounds. It was a bit too much for me, actually, but I was happy to be in the 130’s range. These days, though, I have to admit something to you: I’m in the low 140’s range. And that’s really cool not with me. Which is why, with my birthday and everything, I am really going back to healthier eating and going to the gym. Think I can do it? I’m not sure. But here’s hoping! And here are some awesome links that I’m reading this week, too. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Ranchero Bean & Turkey Soup with Kale

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I don’t know about you, but I am totally one of those people that freezes turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving and tries to figure out what to do with them later in the year. When it came to using up the rest of what I had, I couldn’t think of anything better than a slow cooker soup. Here’s the truth: I am a bit addicted to my slow cooker. And I personally don’t think that’s an addiction that’s going to die down any time soon.

You remember my slow cooker turkey broth, right? Well, when I moved apartments a few weeks ago, I brought it all with me but now I have to figure out what to actually do with it. To be honest, I came up with this recipe pretty randomly. I had the turkey broth, the leftover turkey and then I saw the Ranchero beans in the store and couldn’t help myself. The topping on the cherry? Kale, obviously. Because that’s how I roll. Continue reading

Roasted Heirloom Tomato & Cachucha Peppers Salsa

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I’ve always been one of those people who loves her birthday, and celebrating turning 28 years old this past Saturday with some of my best friends was absolutely wonderful. But of course, it wouldn’t be my birthday if I didn’t have a special little treat for everyone.

This year I made a variation on my Spicy Cuban Cheese Ball, some pomegranate margaritas and a roasted heirloom tomato and cachucha peppers salsa. Well, to be honest, I’ve actually been making this one since my Christmas party–and it’s been a huge hit! Typically, I serve it with whole wheat tortilla chips but I’ve also tried it with celery and baby carrots and that’s been great, too.  Continue reading

20 Latin Superfoods to Try For National Nutrition Month (with recipes!)

juicingYou already know that I love juicing (have you seen my Juicing 101 story?), but there’s something else that I love even more: eating (and also drinking) Latin superfoods!

For me, one of the most important parts of living a healthy life is incorporating as many high-nutrient foods as I possibly can. When I started losing weight and stopped being a picky eater, I made the conscious effort to start eating more of these on a regular basis–and it has definitely paid off with my health and waistline!

These days, whether I am cooking or juicing, I try to use as many Latin superfoods as I possibly can. Sometimes that means including avocados, other times it’s all about quinoa, and sometimes I just can’t get enough of black beans. Having the healthy recipes to utilize some of these is pretty key, too. In fact, in honor of National Nutrition Month, I’m putting together the full list of my 20 favorite Latin superfoods–with recipes! Continue reading

Brazilian Garlicky Collard Greens (Couve a Mineira)

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One of my favorite parts of visiting my parents over the Holidays is coming back with goodies from my mom’s garden. It’s only been happening for the past couple of years, really, since they moved and she started growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

This year I brought back some collard greens, and I’m thrilled to share this delicious recipe with you. It’s actually become my go-to recipe for collards because of how easy it is and how great it tastes. After learning this traditional Brazilian recipe for collard greens, I started playing around with it by occasionally adding different spices or flavorings. The best I’ve had, though, is with some added lemon juice and zest. And that’s how I’m serving up these Brazilian garlicky collard greens (a.k.a. couve a mineira). Continue reading

Mango Pomegranate Mimosas with Mint

HealthyLatinFood_MangoPomegranateMintMomosa1I know I’ve been a little missing-in-action lately but, trust me, I’ve still been working on recipes whenever I can. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my latest cooking and eating out adventures on my Instagram feed?

The craziest thing that’s gone on in my life lately is the fact that I just moved apartments. From finding a new place to packing (and getting rid of things) to actually moving and setting up my new place, I was exhausted.

But that’s all over now. I am happily settled in my new apartment and now it’s time to celebrate! And guess how I’m doing it? By having friends over to try my latest creation: these mango pomegranate mimosas with mint! Continue reading

The 10 Unhealthiest Ways to Lose Weight

ChickenPurplePotatoesVeggiesWhen I was 16, I remember trying to lose weight in what I now know is one of the unhealthiest ways–with diet pills. Shortly before that, I lost weight by skipping breakfast and only having a soda for lunch at school.

It wasn’t until I joined Weight Watchers in college, and eventually started to eat healthier foods and cook meals for myself, that I learned what real weight loss was all about–more about cutting calories and filling yourself up with nutrient-rich foods than “easy” short-cuts.

But, on days that I am frustrated by the numbers on the scale, I sometimes wish I had a secret way to drop 5 pounds. On those days, I like to remind myself that patience and healthy eating doesn’t come easy–and that there are some very, very bad ways to try to lose weight. In a story on Latina.com, I explored some of the unhealthiest ways to lose weight. This is NOT advice, mind you, but just a reminder that while eating healthy isn’t always easy at least you’re not doing something that’ll damage you instead! Continue reading

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