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6 Refreshing Latina summer cocktail and beverage recipes to try 

Summer is here and we’re all craving some refreshing beverages to quench the thirst while we sit poolside or gather with friends and family at the next asado. 

Today we’ve gathered a few cool and tasty Latina summer cocktail and beverage recipes by Latina food blogger, Yvette Marquez, known as @muybuenocooking on Instagram. These beverages are bright, colorful, tasty and inspired by the Latina culture we all know and love. 

Check out these summer cocktail and beverage recipes below and try them out the next time you’re craving a delicious cold drink! 

Agua de Sandia

Simple and easy to make all you need for this beverage recipe is a watermelon, some fresh lime, sugar, and a blender. This tasty summer beverage is sure to keep you refreshed all season long!

Reposado Paloma

Featuring reposado tequila, freshly juiced grapefruits and limes, a hint of sweetness from agave and a bubbly club soda topper, this tasty beverage recipe is a must-try this summer!

Cucumber Mojito

This minty refreshing sparkling summer cocktail is perfect for any outdoor party or gathering. Light and cool it’s sure to keep you refreshed during the summer heat.

Strawberry Serrano Margarita

Lower in calories than most sugary drinks in Mexican restaurants, this margarita packs a punch of flavor and includes antioxidant-rich, immune-boosting strawberries and serrano.

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Easy Blueberry Margarita

“Made in just 5 minutes with 5 ingredients, this gorgeous cocktail is about to revolutionize your 5 o’clock,” says Yvette. This colorful drink is the perfect summer beverage, embodying the vibrant energy of the season. 

Flor de Piña Cocktail

Made with tequila, orange liqueur, honey, coconut water, and pineapple, this beverage is ready in less than five minutes and is sure to satisfy your taste-buds. 

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5 Fresh summer salads by Latina chefs you need to try! 

Incorporate more plant-based dishes into your diet this summer with these fresh summer salad recipes by Latina chefs and food bloggers! 

The summer months are often associated with BBQ-ing and outdoor fiestas or family picnics in the park. It’s hard for some to think of summer without grilling and meat-filled dishes, especially for Latinos who pride themselves on their asados. However, incorporating more plant-based dishes into our diets has many health benefits. 

Statistically, Latinos are more likely to suffer from heart disease. On average,  Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics, according to data from Go Red for Women. While there are many factors that contribute to developing these issues, such as genetics, diet also plays a big part. By reducing one’s consumption of red meat and incorporating more plant-based dishes one can lower the risk of developing heart disease and other health issues. 

So today we are sharing some fresh summer salad recipes by Latina chefs. These salads will make the perfect addition to any family meal, or enjoy them on their own!

Rich in flavors and a variety of seasonal vegetables, these salads will keep you satisfied and healthy all summer long. 

Mexican Quinoa Salad

This summer salad recipe combines quinoa, black beans, corn, and tomatoes with a tangy lime vinaigrette. Fresh, light, and flavorful, you can serve it as a side for picnics, potlucks, and barbecues or enjoy all on its own!

Southwest Chicken Salad

Chili lime marinated chicken, cilantro lime dressing, and a heap of veggies come together to make this hearty and savory summer salad recipe. Enjoy this salad for a quick lunch or a healthy summertime dinner! 

Broccoli Crunch Salad

This crunchy summer salad recipe is perfect for when you want your veggies and your fruits, all in one tangy, crunchy bite. Combining broccoli florets, celery, red onion, diced apples, cashews, almonds, and dried cranberries, this salad packs a tangy punch full of crunch to give you a fresh and satisfying meal for those hot summer days! 

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Mexican Street Corn Salad

This corn salad takes all the elements of the popular smoky, sweet corn and combines them into a warm, easy-to-eat salad perfect for a side dish. Grilled corn comes together with juicy cherry tomatoes and spicy jalapeños drizzled with a dressing made with avocado oil, lime juice, hot sauce, seasoning salt, and chili seasoning. This perfect blend of flavors encapsulates the feeling of eating authentic Mexican street corn, all in a healthy, fresh summer salad. 

Chipotle Chicken Salad 

This hearty summer salad is a fresh take on traditional Cobb salad. Made with spicy chicken, creamy avocado, tart berries and sweet roasted corn, drizzled in a fresh, light, and tangy lemon vinaigrette this salad “oozes summer.” Try it at your next picnic or family barbeque! 

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Tasty burrito recipes by Latina chefs to try this National Burrito Day 

Who doesn’t love burritos? They’re versatile, easy to make, and oh-so-tasty. Today is National Burrito Day and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favorite burrito recipes by Latina chefs and food bloggers. 

With so many options, the possibilities are endless. From the iconic breakfast burrito, to vegan twists on a classic, and fun, flavorful burrito bowls—these top burrito recipes by our favorite Latina chefs are sure to hit the spot. 

Easy Breakfast Burritos

Start the day off right with a super tasty, loaded breakfast burrito. This recipe by @isabeleats on Instagram is exactly what you need for that morning boost to get you through the day! Filled with eggs, breakfast sausage, chunky salsa, and shredded cheese, this burrito makes the perfect meal. Check out the recipe below.

Better than Chipotle Burritos

Chipotle has some pretty great burritos, but this recipe by @growingupsarita claims to be even better. Combining Chipotle chicken, cilantro lime rice, slow cooked pinto beans, fajitas, traditional salsa roja⁣ and more this burrito recipe packs a punch full of exquisite flavors. While Chipotle may make good burritos, nothing beats a homemade recipe! Check it out below.

 

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Grilled Veggie Burrito Bowl

If you love the components of a burrito but are looking for a healthier or tortilla-free option, then this vegan grilled veggie burrito bowl by @muybuenocooking is the recipe for you! At under 500 calories per serving, this bowl is loaded with veggies and bursting with flavor. Try it out for your next meal!

Vegan California Burrito

Last but not least on our list for today is this fun and fresh vegan burrito recipe by @dorastable. This twist on the California burrito combines oven baked french fries, pico de gallo, portobello asada, spicy salsa, vegan cheese, and guacamole into a tasty and filling meal that’s perfect for any time of the day. If you’re vegan or just interested in incorporating more plant-based options into your diet, then this burrito recipe is definitely a must-try!

 

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We know what we’ll be eating today! We hope you have a tasty National Burrito Day and give some of these Latina chefs’ recipes a try!

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5 Latina inspired Thanksgiving recipes to try this year

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and here at Latinas in Business we can’t help but think of our favorite holiday dishes. While the holiday is not traditionally celebrated in most Latin American countries, many U.S.based Latinos have adopted the holiday, blending cultures and traditions to make it their own. 

And if there’s anything Latinos know well, it’s how to celebrate with good food and family. At its heart, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones, give thanks for our blessings, and share delicious food with one another. 

Below are a few exciting recipes from Latina chefs who have added their own Latina inspired twists to traditional Thanksgiving dishes. 

Chipotle Citrus Thanksgiving Turkey

Starting off the main course is this flavorful chipotle citrus turkey recipe by Isabel Eats on Instagram. It brings together chipotles, orange and lime zest, fresh rosemary, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper and lots of butter to create a tender and juicy dish that is sure to leave guests speechless.

 

You can find the full recipe over at Isabel’s blog! 

Chorizo Stuffing 

This chorizo stuffing by chef Ericka Sanchez will leave you stuffed and still wanting more! Blending traditional Hispanic flavors with a Thanksgiving staple, Erika’s recipe takes this dish to a whole new level. 

 

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup 

Another stunning recipe shared by Ericka on her food-Instagram, Nibbles N Feasts, is this rich and creamy pumpkin soup. Add this to your Thanksgiving menu for a warm and filling side dish. 

 

 

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Find the full recipe over on Ericka’s blog! 

Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce 

Mix up your Thanksgiving by adding a little spice to the traditional cranberry sauce. Described as “sweet and tart and spicy and zingy,” this recipe by Growing Up Sarita on Instagram will make the perfect addition to your holiday meal. 

 

 

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Pumpkin Flan 

Finally, for dessert, this pumpkin flan recipe by Nicole Presely is sure to leave an impression on your guests. Combining the popular Hispanic dessert of flan with the traditional holiday flavors of pumpkin spice, this desert is the perfect sweet treat to conclude a Latina inspired Thanksgiving! 

 

Get the full recipe over at Nicole’s blog!

5 hearty autumnal vegan meals to try this month

November is World Vegan Month, a time when plant-based eaters from across the globe come together to celebrate their lifestyle, educate, and share recipes. 

A vegan, or plant-based lifestyle, has many health benefits, especially for Latinos who are prone to suffer from health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Statistically, Latinos are also more likely to suffer from heart disease. On average,  Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics, according to data from Go Red for Women.

Incorporating more plant-based dishes into one’s diet can help reduce these risks over time by reducing the consumption of meat and dairy, often found in many traditional Hispanic recipes. 

As the colder months approach here in the Northern hemisphere, we’re all looking for some warm, hearty comfort foods to get us through the autumn and winter. Below are a few autumnal vegan meals to try out this month from The Vegans Club on Instagram. 

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Leek, Chestnut and Apple Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this vegan stuffing recipe will make a great addition to the traditional holiday meal. 

 

Carrot Soup 

Stay warm throughout the winter with this delicious carrot soup. It’s perfect for a quiet evening meal or prepare ahead for a quick lunch on the go. 

 

“Ricotta” Stuffed Delicata Squash

This colorful dish will brighten up your day! Stuffed with flavor, this vegan dish promises to leave you full and satisfied. 

 

Creamy Curry Pasta

In the mood for a creamy, pasta sauce? This curry pasta dish will do just the trick, and without any dairy! 

 

Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup

Finally, this flavorful Tuscan kale and white bean soup is exactly what you’ll need once the snow starts coming down. Prepare this for the whole family and bask in the tasty warmth of this vegan dish. 

 

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5 Fresh and sizzling meatless summer meals to try 

Be adventurous this summer by incorporating more plant-based dishes onto your personal menu. Check out some of these fresh and sizzling meatless summer meals to get started! 

The summer months are often associated with BBQ-ing and outdoor fiestas or family picnics in the park. In fact, July is also recognized as National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. It’s hard for some to think of summer without grilling and meat-filled dishes, especially for Latinos who pride themselves on their asados. However, incorporating more plant-based dishes into our diets has many health benefits. 

Statistically, Latinos are more likely to suffer from heart disease. On average,  Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics, according to data from Go Red for Women. While there are many factors that contribute to developing these issues, such as genetics, diet also plays a big part. Hispanic diets are often rich in fat from dairy and meats. By reducing one’s consumption of meat and dairy, it can help lower the risk of developing heart disease and other health issues. 

Summer is also the perfect time to be adventurous! Embrace your inner adventurer and experiment with food this season. You don’t have to commit to an all plant-based lifestyle, simply introducing a meatless day of the week can make a difference. One of my personal favorite food-stagram accounts is “Meatless Mondays.” The account offers a variety of fun and fresh meatless meals to try and encourages people to swap out meat at least one day a week. 

If you’re ready for the adventure, then check out some of our favorite fresh and sizzling meatless summer meals below! 

Try these meatless summer meals on your next picnic or party

These meals will make the perfect addition to your next family picnic or outdoor gathering, especially this week during Latino Conservation Week. What better way to celebrate nature conservation than by getting outdoors with friends and family and enjoying some delicious food together!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

 

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Fiery and Fresh Plant-based Tacos

 

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Grilled Stuffed Peppers 

 

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Pasta Primavera 

 

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Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos with Garlic Aioli

 

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10 Snacks to boost productivity and get you through the work day

Did you know that the foods you eat greatly impact your levels of motivation and productivity? In fact, eating the right foods can boost productivity up to 20 percent, according to the World Health Organization. The right foods can help you stay focused longer, improve your memory, and stabilize your moods. If you’re a busy professional, you may notice that some days you feel more sluggish than others. This might be due to the foods you’re eating throughout the day. If you’re looking for snacks to boost productivity get you through the work day, check out our top picks below. 

Top 10 snacks to boost productivity 

1. Almonds

Almonds are the go-to focus foods. They are full of healthy fats necessary for our brains to function better. These healthy fats also slow the body’s digestion of sugar and carbs which helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Not only that, but the protein in almonds will also help curb your appetite without feeling sluggish. 

2. Dark Chocolate

Yes, chocolate can be good for you–if it’s the right chocolate! Dark chocolate is abundant in nutrients that impact your productivity. Dark chocolate contains just the right amounts of sugar and caffeine to give you the boost you need without the caffeine-jitters or sugar-crashes.  Also the magnesium in chocolate can help relieve stress and anxiety, another great bonus for those particularly stressful work days! 

3. Apple & Peanut Butter

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and that’s because apples are rich in antioxidants that keep our bodies healthy. Apples also have about 13g of sugar, making them a more effective source of energy than coffee. Paired with a tablespoon or two of natural peanut butter, which is full of powerful protein, and you have the perfect combination to keep yourself feeling full and focused longer. 

4. Carrots & Hummus

Carrots are a fun snack. They’re crunchy, delicious, and great for you. Pair them with some hummus and you have a powerful combination. See, carrots contain luteolin which helps improve memory, while hummus is full of Omega 3 fatty acids and amino acids which help improve intelligence and boost your mood. The protein and calories in the hummus will also help curb your appetite so you can focus on your work and not your rumbling stomach! 

5. Avocados

Avocados are a natural stimulant that, “enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells,” according to WebMD. Consistent, healthy blood flow around the heart and through the brain is the secret to staying productive. Avocados are full of the monounsaturated fatty acids that help protect a certain kind of brain cells called astrocytes, which support information carrying nerves and contribute to healthy blood flow. So an avocado may just be what you need to stimulate your body and stay energized and focused throughout the day. 

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6. Bananas

Glucose equals energy, and bananas are one of the best sources of glucose. Just one banana holds the daily amount of glucose your body needs. Bananas are also very filling and will keep you feeling satisfied and focused  longer between meals. 

7. Blueberries 

Blueberries can truly do it all. They are packed with antioxidants that help fight off disease, stop bloating, and curb cravings. Blueberries have also been linked to enhancing your cognitive abilities. According to research conducted at the University of Reading, schoolchildren’s memory and attention-spans greatly improved after consumption of flavonoid-rich blueberry supplements. So next time you’re in need of a quick snack, consider a handful of blueberries. 

8. Sunflower Seeds 

Sunflower seeds make a great snack because they are loaded with the amino acid tryptophan. This amino acid is quickly converted to serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is especially important on those days when you may be feeling particularly stressed, grumpy, or sleepy because it  plays an important part in the regulation of our feelings and energy levels.

9. Green Tea 

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Not really a “snack” but definitely something you want to be sipping on throughout the day. Green tea is a great caffeine-alternative to coffee with way more health benefits. 

Did you know green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that improves focus and helps the brain stay alert? On top of that, green tea will also boost metabolism, lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and improve skin health. The benefits really seem endless! 

10. Yogurt 

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Last but not least, yogurt! Such a simple, quick, and easy snack, and yet it’s full of so many benefits that will help boost productivity and get you through your workday. Greek yogurt is a super-snack that contains tyrosine, an amino acid that produces both dopamine and noradrenaline. These are two  neurotransmitters that help boost your mood and behavior. Additionally, yogurt is a great way to improve your gut health and boost the good bacteria in your gut. Gut health is vital and can have a big impact on the rest of your body, especially your brain. In fact, poor gut health has been linked to anxiety and depression, as well as other mood disorders, which can impact your productivity and energy levels. So be sure to take care of your gut and consider incorporating more yogurt into your diet.