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

Mexican Cole Slaw with Avocado Verde Dressing

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I was walking through my local grocery store a couple days ago, when I came across a little corner of the produce aisle that I more-or-less can call the “Latin” section. It had yellow and green plantains, boniato (a.k.a. Cuban white sweet potato, one of my favorites for mashing) and–gasp!–jicama, something I’ve only seen in restaurants until now.

In case you didn’t know, jicama is an edible root vegetable similar to a turnip. It originates in Mexico, and is often known as a Mexican turnip or Mexican yam. And although it looks like a yam, its texture is crunchy and sweet–just like a turnip. Immediately, I had the idea to take this crunchy veggie and incorporate it into a Mexican-style cole slawContinue 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

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

Easiest Ever Avocado Vinaigrette

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Do you know how easy it is to make your own vinaigrette? Up until a year ago, I didn’t. The truth is I had never really tried. I was always happy just buying whatever I fancied from the store without thinking about it much. Man, was it boring!

Then my friend Alejandra of AlwaysOrderDessert.com told me the basic ratio for a simple vinaigrette, and I took off running. For me, part of eating healthy is eating unprocessed. In fact, I did my best to eat unprocessed in October as part of Eating Rules’ October Unprocessed 2013. That’s when I first came up with the idea of making an avocado vinaigrette for the salads I was frequently having that month.

The best part of this vinaigrette is that it instantly makes your salad much healthier than a Caesar dressing, since avocados have tons of potassium (more than a banana!), are one of the only high-protein fruits (4 grams per avocado) and also contain vitamins C, K, folate and B6, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, and amino acids. Seriously, is there any better reason to make this avocado vinaigrette ASAP? Try it.

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Baked Plantains with Avocado Crema at American Potluck Trip

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A couple of weeks ago, I received a very special invitation. Shauna James Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, was going to be in New York City and hosting a potluck! It was all part of a few weeks trip that she was making with The Chef across America to taste regional dishes as research for their next book.

To prepare for the American Potluck Trip event, I had to figure out what to make. Oh man, what to make?! It was actually a stressful decision because, well, I’d be surrounded by people I admired. How do you make something for people you look up to?

In the end, I settled on making something that would touch on my roots–a dish with plantains. Since I needed to make something regional, I went with a Puerto Rican-inspired recipe by making them crunchy like tostones. But of course I had to make them healthier, which is how I came up with the baked plantains with avocado crema. Continue reading

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