Story after story goes on and on about the benefits of olive oil. That I knew--olive oil is already the go-to oil in my kitchen, but I was surprised to read that olive oil even just the aroma can help you fight hunger! A study out of Germany found that people who consumed olive oil or an an extract from its aroma had higher levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that lets you know when you've had enough to eat. Bring on the serotonin! Here are some delicious ways to get the benefits of olive oil while enjoying a delicious meal.Continue Reading >
It's common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet lots of people choose to skip it. Perhaps the findings of recent research will convince more people to eat breakfast: through a study of 27,000 men, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that people who forgo breakfast have a 27 percent greater risk of heart problems. Which means skipping breakfast could literally kill you! Here are five recipes for easy-to-prepare, tasty and nutritious breakfasts that will hopefully keep your heart ticking away for a long time to come.Continue Reading >
You may disagree with me, but my tía makes the best arroz con leche in the entire world. I could be biased, but I don't think so. Maybe it's because hers is the first arroz con leche I ever had in my life and nothing will ever compare to the first.
Of course she has given me the recipe and it is just a simple arroz con leche, but when I make it, it somehow seems to lack my tía's touch. Does that stop me from making it or experimenting with other arroz con leche recipes? Absolutely not.
You may be familiar with the chia fresca drink or "agua de chia". The chia seed is the ultimate superfood--it has been around for ages and was popular among the Aztecs. This seed is perfect to get in your daily omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, protein, and so many more vitamins and minerals. The issue with it is that most people purchase it and then don't know how to use them.
That's when I recommend trying a delicious chia fresca to quench your thirst and nourish your body.Continue Reading >
If I've learned something since becoming a mom is that when you make your children part of the preparation of food it's much, much easier for them to eat it. Things as simple as cutting a sprig of basil or tasting the difference between a sprig of spearmint and parsley, will not only stimulate their senses but open up their curiosity and appetite for those flavors.
If you are one of those people that can't stand the thought of a traditional recipe being messed with, then click away right now. Go ahead, I'll wait. I'm serious, if you can't handle creative license when it comes to cooking, then this scrumptious tamal pie recipe is not for you. Nope, you'll have to stick to actual tamales and never ever experience the delicious shortcut that is tamal pie--or as gringos like to call it tamale pie. And you know what? Too bad for you and more for the rest of us. You will have to wait for the holidays or organize a tamalada right quick to get your tamal fix at home. Good-bye to you for now.
Okay, now that those uptighty Mctightytons are gone, the rest of us can appreciate that an homage to a traditional recipe is not meant to replace the original, it's just a very sincere and edible form of flattery. The first time I had tamal pie, I knew it would not be my last because YUM!
I'm going to tell you a secret I'm not very proud of: I just recently started appreciating sweet potatoes. I know, what took me so long, right?! I grew up with a camote loving mother and for some reason, I wasn't into them until now. Now I like them so much that I've even started to make camote batidos. Sweet potatoes have immune boosting properties because they contain vitamins D, B6 and C. This time of year we can all use some help staying healthy, no? Check out my sweet potato smoothie recipe for a great way to get all the fabulous benefits of sweet potatoes in a quick, delicious, sippable form.Continue Reading >
My husband works second and third shift, which means he's only home for dinner two nights a week. The other five nights, it's just me and my toddler, and as I'm sure many of you know handling the dinner/bedtime portion of the day solo isn't for the faint of heart, especially when your kids are really little. That said, I've tried really hard not to compromise my value by relying on take-out too often. What I've done instead is mastered a pocketful of incredibly easy recipes that even the laziest--or most exhausted mami--can throw together. Here are some super-easy recipes to try, most of which are in my own personal rotation.
A number of recent studies have further proven the pervasiveness--and subsequent danger--of sodium levels in the American diet, even for toddlers. It's not news that many busy Americans rely on pre-packaged convenience foods to feed their hunger on a regular basis, and it's definitely not a surprise that most of these foods are far from nutritional superstars, but it probably is a bit of shocker for most parents that foods manufactured just for babies and toddlers may actually be doing them more harm than good. Find out why and discover how to make three easy, nutritious snacks for the littlest members of your family.Continue Reading >
Pimienta and spice and everything nice--that's what hot, lean bods are made of. Honestly! It's a well-known fact that spicy foods do a great job of kicking your metabolism into high gear making it so you burn more calories and torch more fat. Or in other words: Eating spicy food makes you hotter, both inside and out. I guess that ol' saying, "You are what you eat," really does hold water, eh? Oh hells, yeah!