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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Avocado Apple Breakfast Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_AvocadoAppleSmoothieOkay, clearly I’ve been on a serious smoothie-making kick lately. It started with the Kale Avocado Smoothie and proceeded with the Chayote Kale Smoothie.

But it turns out I’m not done yet, and I just can’t get enough.

To be honest, it started with me trying to lose some weight and continued because I found that making smoothies to have for breakfast during the work week was just the easiest way to start my mornings.

This time I decided to go back to my first all-star ingredient, the avocado, and add my all-time favorite apple, the Granny Smith. And since I am now officially addicted to making breakfast smoothies with Greek yogurt (seriously, it’s the best!), some of that, too. And that’s how my latest, the Avocado Apple Smoothie, was born.  Continue reading

Chayote Kale Breakfast Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_KaleChayoteSmoothieRemember when, last week, I discovered the “Latin” produce section at my local grocery store and went gaga over the jicama? Yes, I’m sure you do–my Mexican Cole Slaw was the oh-so-yummy result.

Well, this week is a very similar story. Only this time my love affair started with chayote.

Chayote, which originated in Mexico but has since spread all over Latin America, is a member of the gourd family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. However, I find that its texture and flavor is a little similar to pears–and that’s why I decided to make a smoothie out of it.

After the delicious success of my Kale Avocado Smoothie, I knew I wanted to try another one with kale, too. I have to say, I love the extra bit of sweetness that the chayote brought to this breakfast smoothie. I would definitely try this one again, and maybe even with a bit more chayote than the first time.  Continue reading

Kale Avocado Breakfast Smoothie

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I’ve loved a lot of smoothies in the past, and I am sure that I will love many more in my future. But no smoothie will speak to my heart quite as much as this incredible Kale Avocado Breakfast Smoothie.

Here’s a little confession first: my mom has gotten into the habit lately of sending me kale in the mail. It sounds a bit nuts, I know, but in the past two years she has really grown her green thumb and started planting all kids of vegetables and fruit.

Over Christmas, I came back with citrus from home–which I used to make some of my other favorite breakfast smoothies earlier this year. With the latest gift from mom’s garden, I decided to go back to making healthy breakfast smoothies–this time with kale! Continue reading

Pink Power Breakfast Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_PinkPowerSmoothieAfter a couple weeks of having plain toast for breakfast or, even worse, not having breakfast at all because I was too busy running out of the house on time, I’ve decided it’s time to get back to my healthy habit of making smoothies.

Never one that was afraid of a challenge, and because I knew I’d be going back to the gym this week, I decided that there was no better place to start than a protein-packed smoothie thanks to Greek yogurt.

Of course, I’m also always a big fan of using what else I have around the house–this time it included dragon fruit and Meyer lemons that I recently received as a gift from my parents. Sure, it might sound like a weird combination but what I loved about this smoothie is that both raspberries (which I bought) and the dragon fruit have a ton of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Tell me, is there any better way to start the morning? Nope! Continue reading

Healthy Papaya Breakfast Smoothie

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One thing that I’ve definitely committed to doing more this year is having a healthy breakfast every day.

Years ago, I was never a breakfast person. As a teen, I got up too early to eat breakfast and would often have a very greasy school lunch (is it any wonder I was on the edge of being obese?). As a young adult, I would often sleep in and forget about breakfast all together, opting instead for an early lunch. But then when it came time to lose weight, I learned just how important breakfast really is.

Ever since then, I’ve been pretty good about breakfast–except that once in a while, I’ll seriously slip. And that’s what started happening a lot this past Fall. I got busy and started to forget to make breakfast. I’d run out of the house without anything, usually feeling okay at first. By 11 in the morning, though, I’d be ravenous. I would eat an early lunch, then be starving again by 4 p.m. A vicious cycle, isn’t it?

So this year I’m breaking that cycle and going back to my breakfast-loving ways. Of course, I started with a juicing 101 guide but then quickly moved on to my favorite new morning obsession: healthy Latin-inspired smoothies! The first was my avocado star breakfast smoothie, which was amazing. But now I’m sharing the next installment, which comes straight from my mami’s garden: the healthy breakfast papaya smoothie! 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

Very Berry “Mojito” Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_VeryBerryMojitoSmoothie1It’s officially December, which means the full start of the Holiday season.

The past weekend has been a really good one for me. I celebrated Thanksgiving with dear friends and even made the feast’s turkey for the second year in a row. And I didn’t completely overdo it, to boot!

But I have to admit: although I did a pretty decent job of cutting calories this Thanksgiving, and will continue to practice (mostly) healthy eating, I also rejoined Weight Watchers on Friday. I did so for a variety of reasons but the main one definitely being that tracking my eating and exercise, even on days that I overdo it, is still a good way for me to see what is really going into my body. That’s why I decided to start this week with my very berry “mojito” smoothie for breakfast. Continue reading

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