Holiday Survival Smoothie

Holiday Survival SmoothieWhen it comes to the holidays, most of us throw our diets out the window and plan to worry about it on Jan. 1. But I have another trick up my sleeve.

Instead of pretending like winter weight gain doesn’t exist until the new year, I plan ahead and stay (relatively) healthy throughout the holidays with a very special holiday survival smoothie recipe. In fact, this year I’m even going to send the recipe with my holiday cards so all my friends and family can share in it too.

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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

Avocado Star Breakfast Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_AvocadoStarSmoothieAs I promised last week when I wrote about juicing 101, I recently made three delicious breakfast smoothies that I couldn’t wait to share with you all–and here’s the first! It’s what I am calling the avocado star breakfast smoothie, made with avocados, starfruit, Greek yogurt and key limes.

The two ingredients that I couldn’t wait to use for this one were the starfruit that my parents gifted me and the key limes that were actually straight from my mami’s garden. Then, of course, there was the addition of avocados.

This time last year, I came back from Christmas with a really nice Florida avocado–a different variety than the black-skinned Haas avocado. However, no such luck this time so instead I just bought a couple ripe avocados. They were the perfect way to complete this breakfast smoothie. And, to be honest, I really, really loved it. That’s why I’m sharing it first! Continue reading

Juicing 101: 5 Things You Need to Know

breakfastsmoothiesOver the holidays, I was lucky enough to get a Ninja Kitchen Blender to test out for work. Needless to say, I’ve become pretty obsessed with the thing. I came home from Christmas with fresh fruits and vegetables from my mom’s garden–and that’s when the magic truly began.

I started to read up on juicing, including Eric Helms’ new book The Juice Generation (with a foreword by Salma Hayek), talking about it with friends who love it and learned the difference between juicing and smoothies. It turns out what I made originally are smoothies–recipes I’ll be sharing with you soon–and I like those, too. To get started, read my Juicing 101 guide. I’ll definitely be doing a lot more of it this year! Continue reading

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