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I’m not big on counting every calorie, but I like to make health conscious decisions all year round. It always seems this goes out the window once October hits and the sweets are just everywhere!
As a Latina, it can be tough to break the tradition of many meals that may not be the more nutritious option. In a lot of ways, these traditional recipes are a testament to the hard work of the generations before me. They are tried and true, and nothing brings a Latin family together like these authentic recipes. So I make it a point to indulge a bit with my family, as well as introduce alternatives as gently as possible. I have many fond memories of everyone gathering together for family dinner as we all add our “pinch of love” to the pot. Latin family meals are an experience, to be felt, not just eaten. I want to be sure I don’t offend anyone or take away from that experience.
Sometimes it can be as simple as replacing an ingredient, omitting an ingredient entirely, or just breaking the recipe down to include ingredients that can work with your body to make you look and feel better. We already enjoy eating whole foods and nutritious snacks, so it’s really about making the right kinds of changes and meal planning to allow for the opportunities to arise.
One of my key ingredients I like to use is Avocados From Mexico. You can connect with them by joining their Vida Aguacate site here. The avocado is a tree that is native to South Central Mexico, better known for not only their delicious taste, but also for its nutritional content. Avocados are a good source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, and folate. Nutritional information about avocados has been compiled here.
Fun fact #1: Did you know that some sources consider avocados a berry and not a fruit? They fit all of the botanical criteria for a berry with a fleshy pulp and seed at the center.
Fun fact#2: You can tell if an avocado is ripe by the color of the flesh under the seed at the bottom.
This is my go-to when crafting new or improved recipes that are nutritious for my family. My Spicy Avocado Toast is my take on a “BLT”. It’s perfect for a morning on -the-go. It includes a little kick by adding some cayenne pepper! Pair this with a little lemon water in the morning and you are all set!
Spicy Avocado Toast
1 Avocado From Mexico (this replaces the lettuce)
¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
1 beefsteak tomato
2 slices of bacon (optional)
Salt / pepper to taste
Cook bacon, dry
Slice open a ripe Avocado From Mexico, remove pit
Scoop into a small bowl and mash with the back-end of a fork (or a whisk)
Sprinkle cayenne pepper, salt and pepper into the avocado mix and stir
Add one slice of tomato on a slice of toasted sourdough bread, smear avocado mixture and add bacon. Top with remaining slice of toast and enjoy
I also put a different and unique spin on my Chopped Chinese Guacamole by adding some chopped bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage. This delicious version adds just the right amount of crunch to balance the creamy Avocados From Mexico. It’s a great way to get double the green goodness in without anyone knowing the difference! It pairs perfectly with some homemade baked Naan chips.
Chopped Chinese Guacamole
2-4 ripe Avocados From Mexico
1 small tomato
1 small bunch of baby bok choy (chopped)
1 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lime
¼ cup chopped red onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Toast Naan bread slices in an oven at 350 degrees for ten minutes
Slice, pit, and scoop Avocados From Mexico, add to a bowl
Mash liberally (the chunkier the better)
Add chopped tomato, onion, and bok choy and fold in gently (so it doesn’t get mushy)
Sprinkle with salt/pepper and add lime juice.
Scoop and enjoy!
Finally, my Avocado Caprese Panini, substituting the basil with avocado and a delicious balsamic glaze is enough to keep you full all afternoon!
Avocado Caprese Panini
1 ripe Avocado From Mexico (this replaces the basil)
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced thin
Sliced Sourdough Bread
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced thin
Spray skillet with EVOO spray and heat to medium
Slice Avocado From Mexico thinly, place on one slice of sourdough bread
Add thinly sliced tomatoes (three), then fresh mozzarella slices (3-4)
Drizzle with balsamic glaze and add top slice, and add to a cast iron skillet set to medium heat and let cook on each side for 3-4 minutes (or until golden brown) flipping only once
Slice in half and enjoy!
The always fresh Avocados From Mexico allows me the capability of forging forward and introducing my family to a more balanced eating habits, without forgetting where we came from and enjoying our heritage. It’s easy to incorporate these delicious changes with Avocados from Mexico!
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #YourTaxCash #CollectiveBias
Whenever tax season rolls around I start to go through my budgeting frenzy. It’s easy to rely on your tax refund to fill in the gaps. One of the biggest mistakes during tax season is planning believe it or not. Unless of course, your plan is to save it. That kitchen remodel you’ve been thinking about? That bedroom makeover? These can all wait. If you would like to focus your energy on these areas, you can save to do so during the year. Besides, throwing your money into something that will be dated in a year’s time can feel like a waste in the end. We’ve learned to focus our energy on time together as a family, and work to allow for more of this throughout our year works best for us.
We work hard to set a good example financially for our boys. Generally, it’s not how much you have, but what you do with what you have that matters. I find that budgeting in a way that guarantees you can keep a good balance in your life serves everyone in the family.
We immediately delegate funds towards saving for our future. One of the ways we can do this is by being smart with out purchases, and ensuring that even what we buy is working for us in some beneficial way. I invested in a Samsung Galaxy On5 (retails at $119) phone and signed up for the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan. With Walmart’s affordable phone pricing and the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan’s unlimited talk, text, and data (which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE then 2G plus a free VUDU movie credit every month ($7 value which is the same as a new release rental) per line for $49.88), I am saving in ways that help keep me on track at work and at home. Saving money on overages each month allows me to work from anywhere and ensures my family gets what they really need, more of my time and a discretionary income to boot. Since the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan bills you later, you only have to pay $19.88 when you sign up, along with a simple SIM Kit to get you started.
The great camera on the Samsung Galaxy On5 also helps me to capture every family moment we don’t want to forget!
- Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer online or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Part of setting an example for our kids is showing them how to give back where and when they can. Continuously making choices geared towards creating the type of world they wish to live in. By making them a part of how we donate our time and money they can understand the importance of doing things with a purpose, and always making room for giving back to your community.
While working hard is important, playing hard is also an important lesson. We work hard to be able to kick back and spend time making fun memories with each other. Setting aside funds to help us relax and unwind. Taking a rest from the everyday hustle and bustle, and allowing our bond to grow and do what really matters most, spend some quality time with each other. We always stress the importance of filling your own tank and giving back to yourself so that you can continue to give in our daily lives. We invested in prepping for a really fun spring break this year, so the kids could really blow off some steam. Besides, with a free VUDU movie credit every month we get a guaranteed family movie night together!
You can find the Samsung Galaxy On5 and all Walmart Family Mobile information in the Electronics aisle. They even help me install the SIM Kit and get my plan started.
I remember the day I found out I was pregnant, I was elated and fearful at the same time. It had been a long road to get here physically with two pregnancy losses and a diagnosis of severe endometriosis. I was fearful of whether my body was ready to handle this pregnancy, and I had just started a new job.
As International Women’s Day just passed, I reflected on all of the personal and professional choices I have had to face as a woman, and especially as a mother. I remember thinking I would need to take a few months off after naturally giving birth like the rock star that I was. I was so young, and so sweet. I had little to no idea how much my life was about to change. Serendipitously it seems, the department I was working for was shutting down, and I was laid off (like most people in the construction industry in 2009). While I’d worried about how this would affect me returning to the workforce after childbirth, I was grateful for the chance to focus on impending motherhood.
Jumping into the role full throttle, I embraced everything pregnancy and motherhood had to offer, ad nauseam. I met morning sickness, swollen feet, and constipation with the excitement of a toddler learning something for the first time. Really, looking back I want to smack myself and say, “Snap out of it!”.. Anyhow, I soon learned that this glorious time in my life where the world seemed to slow down just enough so I could get a better glimpse of it, would be known as the “Pause” according to Lisen Stromberg. Her new book “Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career” has been described as “essential reading for all people – not just women” and I heartily agree.
Lisen is a former advertising executive in Silicon Valley who did the unthinkable in her industry. She dared to “pause”, by opting out and taking time to focus on her family. But her journey didn’t end there, she paused and then pivoted to become a social entrepreneur, and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life. Her new book Work Pause Thrive, shows how trailblazing women everywhere are disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and how you can too.
Deeply rooted in social science, and cutting edge data, Work Pause Thrive aims to change the way successful women are perceived. Until now, the perception has been that women who aren’t completely devoted, all of the time, won’t amount to much professionally. That simply isn’t true, Stromberg points out that many women who have enviable careers have paused. Just because we have hidden that gap on our resume’s for years, Lisen feels in order to shift that public perception, successful women need to open up about that time in their lives and share a new story. In one hundred and eighty-six first-person interviews, Lisen hopes to help women everywhere understand that pausing takes the long view on one’s career and honors the reality that sometimes we must reframe our priorities to meet the immediate needs of our family. Pausing and being wealthy aren’t mutually exclusive, in Stromberg’s book she emphasizes the need to understand these priorities and work to achieve a system that works for each individual family, in some cases requiring a father to pause and focus on their family.
I was lucky enough to be able to “pause” for my family, and pour all of my knowledge and passion into writing once the boys were a bit older. Which has now turned into a successfully monetized blog where I can share my thoughts and ideals on lifestyle choices such as parenting, family, food & travel.
“It is time to recognize that those who place the personal before the professional aren’t failures; they are career innovators who have the courage and grit to risk it all for that which matters most to them.” -Lisen Stromberg
I am partnering up to host a giveaway for Lisen’s best-selling book Work Pause Thrive! Enter below to find out:
- Who pauses and how and why
- How pausing can enrich both your career and your life
- How to innovate your own path by strategically incorporating a pause into your career
- What we can—and need—to do as a society to make it pausing possible for more people to achieve their personal and professional goals
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.