There is no ingredient more Latino than guava. From guava pastries in Cuba and South Florida, to Venezuelan cascos de guayaba, to Colombian guava bocadillos, guava is a Latin flavor I cannot resist. We even have a book The Fragrance of Guava (El olor de la guayaba) by Colombian writer Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza wax romantic about the tropical fruit, even saying that all the enigmas of our Latin American culture can be reduced to the smell of a ripe guava. Yum. To celebrate an ingredient that brings back memories of my childhood each time I have it, I'm sharing my family recipe to make deliciously rich guava jelly.
Pineapples are one of those great Latin ingredients that I could have any day of the year. Luckily for us, they're pretty widely available but, truth be told, pineapples are at their peak when they're in season from March until July. However, that doesn't mean that we can't enjoy them right now!
One of the newest ways I've learned to enjoy pineapple these days is in various different healthy snacks. My favorites are definitely these elotes-style pineapple wedges, pineapple empanaditas (mini empanadas) and the caramelized pineapple sundaes with coconut (a surprisingly satisfying and low-cal dessert!). You should try these because, trust me, they're an absolutely irresistible snack.Continue Reading >
Have you heard of the new it-term for the best-for-you foods? In the new book The South beach Diet Wake-Up Call: 7 Real-Life Strategies for Living Your Healthiest Life Ever, cardiologist Arthur Agatson, MD, shares his list of the best foods for you.
These "MegaFoods", basically superfoods that are going to help you lose weight, pump up your immune system and do all kinds of good things for your body, are a great way to improve your overall health while also dropping the weight. Adding one of these 8 Latin "MegaFoods" to your diet is a sure-fire way to reap all of the heart-health and other benefits, including losing weight thanks to an added dose of protein, fiber and antioxidants in each of these foods. So, what are you waiting for? Let's power up our weight loss with each of these!Continue Reading >
I've been saying that vegetables and fruit are good for you ever since I really started eating them when I was losing weight. In fact, eating plenty of greens is one of my best tips for keeping off the weight (like I maintain my 100 pound weight loss). But, to be honest, that's not the ONLY reason to eat veggies and fruit. I know that our mamis will all say "I told you so!" but she was definitely right to make us eat our vegetables and we're right to make our own kids eat their veggies. Why? Well, as I read recently on Buzzfeed.com, here are 8 reasons why you & your family absolutely MUST eat your veggies.Continue Reading >
When my mami first told me that she planted some guava trees and was going to be growing the tropical fruit, my first thought was: "Wait, isn't that the dark pink guayaba stuff that we get in a package in Latin grocery stores?"
Well, it turns out I was right--sort of. Pre-packaged guayaba comes from processed guava fruit and, although many of us are familiar with the easy-to-slice snack of guayaba and cream cheese (seriously, HOW GOOD IS IT?!), not a lot of us have had real, fresh guava. And, let me tell you, tasting this delicate light pink fruit is going to change your life for the better.
Well, I promised you I would do this, didn't I? Today is part of our ultimate guide to cooking with winter fruits and vegetables, Latin style!
If you enjoyed yesterday's great 10 recipes (which included recipes for Satsuma oranges, kale, Brussels sprouts, persimmons, butternut squash, parsnips, acorn squash, kumquats, peal onions, and blood oranges), then you're going to love today's recipes even more! The winter veggies and fruit on the menu are jicama, beets, white beans, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, spaghetti squash, collard greens, clementines, turnips, and mustard greens. Trust me when I say that you and your whole family will absolutely LOVE these recipes. Dig in!Continue Reading >
As mid-January gets closer, I'm reminded that we're really in the full swing of winter now. The weather is cold, there is snow across the country and, to be honest, less of my favorite fruits and vegetables in the stores.
Now is the time for winter fruits and vegetables to start making their tasty appearance but, to be honest, I very rarely know what to do with them. That's why I went searching high and low to bring you the BEST Latin recipes featuring winter fruits and vegetables to bring you the ultimate guide to cooking with them! And yes, this is part 1--because there were just SO MANY great recipes that I had to share them all. Check out the 10 delicious recipes, below, and then come back tomorrow for more!
This morning, in my usual search for interesting new studies about good (and what isn't) for you when it comes to weight loss and health, I came across a new study that supposedly proved that filling up on fruit and vegetables WON'T help you eat less. At first, I was shocked and distraught. Wait a minute--that's one of the BIG reasons why I try to always incorporate plenty of fruits and veggies into my diet. Then I took a deep breath and read through the study and, let me tell you, I am calling a big fat BS on this research. It is just SO flawed--and dumb!
Being home for Thanksgiving this past weekend gave me a chance to catch up with family while also enjoying one of my all-time favorite breakfasts: batida de lechoza (a papaya milk shake).
My mom has started gardening a lot in the past year and the happiest moment came when I arrived home and she greeted me with fresh papayas from her tree. Immediately I knew that I'd soon be enjoying my favorite Latin milk shake for breakfast and, well, a daily snack. But how do you make it and, most importantly, how do you pick out a ripe papaya to enjoy?Continue Reading >
Want to know the next big secret to losing weight? Well, it doesn't involve cleanses or eating dirt or consuming tiny little pills hoping to drop the weight. Instead, researchers have found that the key to weight loss AND heart health may actually be in watermelon--and the watermelon diet may be just what you're looking for if you want to shed a few pounds in the easiest way, possible!Continue Reading >