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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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easter rosca, rosca de pascua

Try this traditional Argentinian Rosca de Pascua recipe by Chef Ximena Saenz! 

If you’re Hispanic, then you know holidays are big and the food is often the main event. For many Latino households, the holidays are a time to gather together with family, celebrate, and indulge in delicious homemade food. And everyone looks forward to dessert! 

Today we are sharing a traditional Easter recipe popular in Argentina, the Rosca de Pascua. Similar to the Rosca de Reyes that many Latino countries enjoy during the Christmas holiday season on the Epiphany, Rosca de Pascua is a ring-shaped bread cake enjoyed by friends and family on Easter Sunday. 

Easter breads are traditional among many countries and cultures, such as the English and Irish hot cross buns and various European Easter bread loaves, as well as the New Orleans-style king cake traditionally served during Mardi Gras. 

Rosca de Pascua traditionally included colorful un-peeled hard boiled eggs as part of the decorations, but nowadays most use Easter candies and chocolate eggs instead. (Source: Ximena Saez on Twitter)

With origins in Spain and Italy, the Rosca de Pascua is a sweet brioche-like bread typically decorated with pastry cream, fruits—traditionally maraschino cherries, nuts, chocolate and more. Some roscas even contain prizes inside! 

Once upon a time the original recipe even included colorful un-peeled hard boiled eggs as part of the decorations, but nowadays most use Easter candies and chocolate eggs instead.  

Rosca de Pascua recipe by Argentinian chef Ximena Saenz 

Ximena Saenz is an Argentinian chef based in Buenos Aires. On Instagram and Youtube she shares recipes to over 500k followers. She also runs her own restaurant, Casa Saenz

See below Ximena’s delicious Rosca de Pascua recipe. Abundant in rich pastry cream and topped with chopped almonds this recipe will wow your guests. And don’t be afraid to add more toppings to this classic. Fruits and candies are very welcome additions your family and friends will love—especially the kids, or any sweet-tooth lover! 

See the recipe in Spanish in the post below (swipe through the images for step by step) or read on for the English translation. 

 

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Recipe translation in English

It’s a classic but it’s good to make it homemade and get up on Sunday to eat it with some mates in your pajamas! One thing to make the dough more flavorful is to add citrus zest, it can be lemon or orange (I love it). But you can also add vanilla essence.

And for the thread to come out moist, we do not have to put extra flour in the kneading, which is the moment we can add it when thinking that it is missing. I hope you have a Happy Easter! I look forward to photos of your recipes.

PS: You can freeze! ❄️

Ingredients:

Flour – 250g

White sugar – 50 g

Dry yeast – ½ packet

Lemon zest

Salt – 1 pinch

Eggs – 1 unit

Water – 85ml

Butter – 85g

Stuffed:

Eggs – 4 units

Yolks – 4 units

Milk – 1 liter

Vanilla

Orange zest

Corn starch – 40g

Flour – 40g

Sugar – 200g

To decorate:

Almonds – 150g

Candied oranges – C/N

Procedure:

  1. Mix the dry ones in a bowl.
  2. Make a crown and in the middle pour the egg with the lemon zest, the sugar and the yeast dissolved in the water. Start to knead.
  3. Slowly add the ointment butter.
  4. Knead with soufflé movements without incorporating flour (At this moment you will think that the dough does not come out but you have to continue. Lift the dough with a cornet and throw it on the counter and repeat this process many times until the dough is completely united and smooth).
  5. Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with film. Let rise until doubled in volume.
  6. Make the pastry cream: heat the milk with half the sugar. In a bowl mix the sugar, cornstarch, eggs and yolks. Add the hot milk and cook until it boils for one minute. Add the vanilla essence and orange zest.
  7. Let the pastry cream cool, beat it and place it in a bag with a large curly beak.
  8. Shape the Easter thread: ball and make a hole in the center with a floured elbow. Place on a greased plate with a buttered flan mold in the center so that it does not close.
  9. Leave to rise, paint with egg and cook in the medium oven until semi-cooked. Remove from the oven and decorate with half the cream. Return to the oven to finish cooking. Let cool.
  10. Sprinkle some almonds with powdered sugar and take to the oven to toast.
  11. Decorate the rosca with the rest of the cold pastry cream and finish with orange peels and almonds. 

 

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7 Quick meals you can make in 25 minutes or less for the busy Latina

If you’re someone who’s always on the go, you know how hard it can be to have a homemade meal everyday. You might be tempted to skip out on breakfast as you rush out the door or order takeout for lunch and dinner to save time at home. But there’s something undeniably comforting about eating something you made yourself. 

We all crave comfort, especially on our busiest days, so today we’ve gathered seven quick meals you can make in 25 minutes or less for the busy Latina—or anyone who enjoys some Latin American-inspired cuisine! 

Take a look below to get the recipes from some of our favorite Latina bloggers and chefs.  

7 Quick meals to make in 25 minutes or less

 Tex-Mex Breakfast BLT

 

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If you love BLTs then this Tex-Mex inspired BLT is the breakfast sandwich for you. This recipe elevates the classic BLT by combining avocado, chipotle aioli, and roasted tomatoes for a delicious breakfast sandwich. Ready in less than 20 minutes, this quick-and-easy healthy breakfast option will make the perfect start to even your busiest days.

Breakfast Tostadas

For another great breakfast option, check out these delicious Breakfast Tostadas. Ready in under 25 minutes, this recipe has it all: crunchy corn tortillas, slathered with creamy and rich guacamole, topped with slices of hard-boiled egg, and drizzled with salsa. What’s not to love? You can even prep ingredients ahead to cut down on time. This one is definitely on out breakfast menus!

Arepa With Shrimp and Hogao Sauce

This Colombian by food blogger @mycolombianrecipes is a must-try for anyone looking for a quick meal.  The recipe is easy to prepare in minutes and will make for n incredibly tasty lunch or snack. Combining shrimp, avocado, and the famous “Hogao,” a Colombian Creole Sauce, this recipe is light but flavorful.

Zihuatanejo Fish Strips

If you’re a fan of fish then you’ll definite want to try this recipe by @mexicoinmykitchen. This quick and fresh meal is the perfect dish for a hot summer’s day. The fish is finely sliced in small  stripes that are quickly marinated with lime juice and then mixed with red onion slices and seasoned with peppers, oregano, salt, and pepper. Traditionally serve with corn tostadas or saltine crackers, it will make the perfect appetizer or snack on a busy day.

Avocado Salad 

Salads are the perfect quick meal and this tasty Avocado Salad will make the perfect lunch for you on your busy work day. Super simple and easy to prepare in advance, this recipe will only take minutes to make and provide you with a delicious, comforting meal during your day. Made with cucumbers, avocados, cherry tomatoes, red onions and tossed in a light vinaigrette, it’s a fresh and healthy and can be it’s own meal or a great addition as a side salad to any entrée.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa 

These quick and easy grilled shrimp tacos with mango salsa are a great lunch option for the taco lover. Made in 15 minutes or less, these tacos combine smoky grilled shrimp, a bright and zesty mango salsa and a creamy chipotle crema into an explosion of flavor that will make your busy day so much better!

Creamy Chipotle Pasta

 

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Last but certainly not least, this creamy chipotle pasta dish is oh-so-delicious and perfect for a warm, comforting dinner option after a long day. You can make this recipe in under 25 minutes and it’s also a vegan dish! Completely dairy-free yet still creamy and delicious, you won’t be able to resist this healthy pasta option.

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No matter how busy or hectic your day is, you deserve a delicious homemade meal, so indulge yourself! Have a favorite quick recipe? Share it with us below or on social media!

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5 Healthy recipes by Latina chefs to try this National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where everyone is invited to learn more about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating habits.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” showcases how flavors from cultures around the world are a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. 

Embracing the theme, we’re sharing some of our favorite healthy recipes by Latina chefs. 

Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos 

Yvette from @muybuenocooking on Instagram is a proud Latina who is developing and sharing traditional Mexican, Latin-Inspired healthy recipes. Her Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos are bright and flavorful and will make the perfect addition to meal plan this month. The tacos are also vegan and gluten-free, making them the perfect choice for anyone looking to embrace a more plant-based diet. 

Check out the full recipe below.

Vegan Potato Enchiladas

Dora from @dorastable shares a vegan potato enchilada recipe that is out of this world. In this recipe, Dora combines sautéed onion and mushrooms, a guajillo enchilada sauce, tender potatoes and carrots, jalapeños and more to create a delicious and nutritious, balanced meal. 

Check out her how-to video below.

 

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Mexican-Inspired Roasted Veggies 

Isabel from @isabeleats shares two amazing healthy Latin American inspired recipes. First is her Mexican-Inspired Roasted Veggies. These veggies are tossed in a blend of mouth-watering seasonings and oven-roasted until tender, then topped with a dash of lime juice, some salty cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. These will make the perfect, tasty side dish to any meal! 

Check out the full recipe below. 

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Another great plant-based recipe by @isabeleats is her Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger. This burger is hearty and flavorful with sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa and a flavorful mix of seasonings. You’ll be sure to wow family and guests alike with this dish. 

Visit Isabel’s site in the link below for the full recipe.

Roasted Asparagus Spring Salad 

Last but not least is a gorgeous spring salad by Nicole from @presleyspantry. This salad is light, freshing, and packed with tasty and nutritious ingredients. From homemade croutons and dressing to sliced radishes, oranges, Kalamata olives, and of course, roasted asparagus, this salad has it all. Try it as a meal itself or add it as a side to your main course. Maybe even pair it up with one of Isabel’s veggie burgers! 

Check out the full recipe below. 

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Which of these healthy recipes by Latina chefs is your favorite? And how will you be celebrating a world of flavors?  Let us know down below or on social media!

National Nutrition Month

Balancing your Latina diet this National Nutrition Month®

Every food-loving Latina knows that the Latina diet has both pros and cons. With rich flavors and a variety of local produce, Latin American cuisine can certainly be very healthy. But sometimes we can also go a little overboard on the sweets, rich dairy products, and fatty meats. That’s why it’s important to focus on maintaining a balanced diet and National Nutrition Month® is the perfect time to get started on making some healthful changes to your diet. 

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Originally started as National Nutrition Week in 1973, it was eventually inaugurated as National Nutrition Month®  in 1980.

Now, during the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

National Nutrition Month

Celebrate a World of Flavors. (Graphic source: National Nutrition Month®)

This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” showcases how flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! And a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can tailor a healthful eating plan that is as special as you are.

“The theme Celebrate a World of Flavors gives every culture a place at the table,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Libby Mills, a national spokesperson for the Academy in Philadelphia, Pa. “Celebrating the cultural heritage, traditions and recipes from all people is a tasty way to nourish ourselves, learn about one another and find appreciation in our diversity.”

During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy encourages everyone to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits they can follow all year long. The Academy encourages seeking the advice of RDNs – the food and nutrition experts who can help develop individualized eating and activity plans to meet people’s health goals.

National Nutrition Month

Your favorite cultural foods can be part of a healthful eating plan!
Use these tips to choose foods that have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other important nutrients: https://sm.eatright.org/nutrichdiet
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“Celebrate a World of Flavors highlights the unique, cultural variety of foods available to people from around the world and the role that registered dietitian nutritionist play in helping clients create healthy habits while celebrating their cultural foods and heritage,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Rahaf Al Bochi, a national spokesperson for the Academy in Baltimore, Md.

RDNs help clients fine-tune traditional recipes, provide alternative cooking methods and other healthful advice for incorporating family-favorite foods into everyday meals.

For more information and healthful tips, check out the resources provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics available in various languages including Spanish.

Balancing your Latina diet 

As Latinas, food is a big part of our culture. While many Latino dishes are full of healthy ingredients, it’s no secret that we love our carbs and dulces. Many Latin American dishes can also be heavy on fats such as whole-fat cheeses and fatty cuts of meat. Consuming too much of these foods in unbalanced proportions can lead to many health risks such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, risk factors commonly found in Hispanic populations. 

However, there is no need to completely cut out the foods we love, but learning more about how to create a colorful, well-balanced plate will help us all be healthier in the long-run. 

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Some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: 

Personalize Your Plate 

  • Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Get creative with produce by trying an assortment of colors and textures.
  • Experiment with different grains. Try substituting whole grains for refined grains in recipes.
  • Choose lean protein foods. Vary your choices to include seafood, beans, peas and lentils, as well as eggs, lean cuts of meat and poultry that are prepared in a healthful way, such as baked or grilled instead of fried.
  • Complete your meal with dairy. Include low-fat or fat-free options like milk, yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified soymilk, or lactose free milk.

Meal Planning Tips

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or boring. Think about the foods you like from each food group – mixed dishes count, too! These are just a few examples of how different foods can be eaten as a meal to personalize your plate. If a food you enjoy is not listed here, consider which food group it meets when planning your meals.  

National Nutrition Month®

Meal plan suggestions from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Source: Personalize Your Plate to Include Foods From Other Cultures–Latin American)

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Building a balanced Latina diet doesn’t have to be a chore. With so many delicious ingredients and a passion for our food, us Latinas are sure to have fun cooking up some colorful, creative dishes to meet our health needs and our passion for flavor!

Famous Latino restaurants in the US

8 Famous Latino restaurants in the US to take your Valentine 

Every Latino knows food is an essential part of our culture. Food is a form of expression and celebration. Some may even consider food a love language, expressing their affection for their loved ones through cuisine. 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ve gathered some famous Latino restaurants in the US that will make the perfect setting for your next date! 

The Bazaar

The Bazaar is a famous restaurant owned by Chef José Andrés offering gourmet traditional Spanish cuisine, with locations in Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. 

“A carefully curated theater of shared plates, The Bazaar consistently wows its guests with ingeniously innovative cuisine, thoughtfully created cocktails, theatrical presentations, and attentive yet unfussy service. The Bazaar takes guests on a wild sensory adventure born of José’s Spanish roots, both traditional and avant-garde, in a bold, playful atmosphere where anything is possible. Each location is completely unique, adding a fresh, ever-evolving intrigue to the world of The Bazaar.

Los Fuegos, Miami

Los Fuegos is a Miami-based restaurant specializing in Argentine cuisine. Created by Chef Francis Mallmann, a renowned South American chef, Los Fuegos’ namesake pays tribute to his childhood. Growing up in Patagonia on a cliff overlooking Lago Moreno, fire played a large role in Mallmann’s childhood and the memories of that time define him and his cooking techniques today.

“Born from a passion for the ancient art of South American live-fire cooking, Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann creates a contemporary asado experience with an open-fire kitchen, local ingredients and a gaucho’s touch to transform traditional rustic recipes into sophisticated, savory dishes.” 

El Charro Cafe

 

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El Charro was established in 1922 in Tucson, Arizona and is The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by its founding family. Founded by Tia Monica Flin, a true entrepreneur and burgeoning chef, who came to Tucson in the 1800’s, El Charro specializes in Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food. Additionally, Tia Monica Flin is well-known as “The Inventor of The Chimichanga!

“Back in those days, a woman owned business was rare enough, but El Charro was even more unique as it was truly a one woman operation, with Monica acting as hostess, waitress and chef all at the same time! Today, Carlotta Flores, our chef-author and great grandniece of Monica, carries on the tradition of Tia Monica!”

Tanta

Tanta is a Chicago-based Peruvian restaurant by Chef Gastón Acurio. Gastón founded his restaurant with the mission in mind to embrace his culture and flavors and share Peruvian cuisine around the world. 

Chef Gastón describes his restaurant as a journey. “Our menu is like traveling throughout Peru from the Pacific Ocean to playing in the desert to touring the Andes mountains, the reflection of the Lake Titicaca over the Altiplano, through the amazing colors and sounds of the Amazon Jungle… traveling, celebrating, sharing the flavors and joys of Peru and having fun with respect and gratitude to the Earth.”

CHICA

 

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Founded by Chef Lorena Garcia, CHICA offers a diverse menu drawing influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and more. Based in Las Vegas with additional locations throughout the country, CHICA is a must-visit for Latino cuisine lovers. Additionally, Chef Lorena is the first Latina chef on the Las Vegas Strip. 

“Lorena’s life as a chef, entrepreneur, cookbook author, media personality, cookware designer and restaurateur has been a celebration of the cooking and passion for food that she grew up with in her native Caracas, Venezuela…Her recipes have been featured in publications such as People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Saveur, and she has been profiled in business magazines for her significant role as a strong female Latina chef and business-owner including Kiplinger’s and Entrepreneur.”

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Johnny Sánchez

 

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Johnny Sánchez is a restaurant based in New Orleans specializing in traditional Mexican cooking and founded by award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist, Aarón Sánchez. As one of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, Aarón is passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food and encouraging diversity in the kitchen. 

“A smart, chic and authentic restaurant that embodies the warmth of traditional Mexican cooking, and the fun and genuine hospitality that defines New Orleans. It bridges traditional Mexican food with a cutting-edge, modern approach to dining that utilizes the very best ingredients. Serious food in a fun environment is the name of the game. Stepping through the door will bring guests out of their everyday routine and into an inspired atmosphere reminiscent of Mexico City.” 

Cosme 

 

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Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. Founded by world-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera, he and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. 

“There’s little doubt that Enrique Olvera is the world’s best-known chef from Mexico. Olvera has become an ambassador of sorts for Mexican gastronomy, shining a light on a great world cuisine that for too long was obscured by frozen margaritas and guacamole.” –CNN

Yucas 

 

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Yucas is a Los Angeles based family restaurant that you may have heard of recently as they were featured at the Superbowl. Founded by ‘Mama’ Socorro and Jaime Herrera in a converted 10 x 10 outdoor shoe shine station, Yuca’s aka the Hut has become known for its Yucatan-style cooking and community involvement. 

Today, they continue to “bring the true flavors of Mexico one bite at a time!” And have expanded to an additional location in Pasadena.


We hope this list of famous Latino restaurants in the US has sparked some inspiration for your next romantic outing!

Latin American tea infusions

5 teas and infusions popular in Latin America to improve sleep, focus, digestion, and more! 

Are you a tea lover? Or are you looking to try something new? Warm or cold, herbal teas and other infusions are often the perfect beverage to comfort and refresh—and they come with health benefits bonuses!

But what is the difference between the two? “Infusion” is a generic name for any ingredients –leaves, fruits, or herbs– that, left in hot or cold water, transmit their scents, aromas, and flavors to the liquid.

“Herbal tea” however, refers to a drink prepared using the leaves, roots, or stems of medicinal plants containing numerous benefits for our body.

Detoxification, diuretic effects, relaxing, or better digestion, both infusions and teas contain many properties that can help you start the year on the right foot!

Used for both healing purposes and social gatherings, teas and infusions are a cornerstone of Latin American and Hispanic culture. Today we’ve gathered a few of our favorite teas and infusions popular in Latin America to share with you. 

There’s something here for everyone from the busy entrepreneur who needs her caffeine boost to the college student who can’t sleep, or the mom with digestive issues—these teas have you covered! 

All you coffee addicts out there may be shaking your heads, but maybe it’s time to give tea a chance and reap the health benefits with these 5 teas and infusions popular in Latin America.

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5 teas and infusions popular in Latin America for health and energy  

Latin American tea infusion

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Agua de Jamaica (Mexico) 

Agua de Jamaica is a traditional Mexican tea made from Hibiscus flowers. This tea can be prepared either hot or cold, but is more often a cold drink, with a fruity, sweet, sour, and astringent flavor profile. Unsweetened, it has a tart taste similar to cranberries but is often sweetened with honey or sugar to balance the tartness. 

This flavorful tea is not only refreshing, but it also boasts many health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, this tea is also believed to help lower blood pressure and blood fat levels, boost liver health, promote weight loss, help fight bacteria, and contains compounds that may even prevent cancer. 

Ready to try it?

  • Rinse and drain the dried hibiscus flowers in a large colander.
  • Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add the flowers and cover them tightly with a lid. Remove from the heat and steep for 1 hour or until cool.
  • Strain hibiscus water into a pitcher and discard flowers. Add sugar and stir. Refrigerate until time to serve.

Get more recipes from Ivette Marquez here

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Poleo (Mexico) 

Té de Poleo is another Mexican tea often used to treat colds and headaches. This tea is made from Hedeoma drummondii aka American Pennyroyal. Its flavor is intensely sweet and minty, produced when its herbage is crushed. 

Poleo has been used to treat a variety of ailments ranging from fever, colds, headaches, poor appetite, constipation, menstruation, and hangovers. 

Ready to try it?

  • Simply steep a tea bag, tea infuser, or tea ball in 8oz. of boiling water for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • You may wish to add honey or other sweeteners. 

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Guayusa (Ecuador)

Guayusa is a tea widely popular in Ecuador but native to the Amazon rainforest, made from the leaves of the holly tree known by the botanical name Ilex guayusa. Its flavor is grassy and rich with a gentle sweetness and also slight fruity flavors and a creamy texture. 

For those looking for a caffeine alternative to coffee, guayusa is definitely one to consider. Guayusa tea is a caffeinated herbal beverage known for its ability to increase energy. Like the famous yerba mate, guayusa is also popular at social gatherings. 

Additional health benefits include amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Guayusa has been shown to boost cardiovascular health and immune system, improve mood and induce relaxation, prevent premature aging and protect the nervous system from degenerative diseases with antioxidants, aid in digestion and promote weight loss. 

Ready to try it?

  • Pour fresh, cold water into a large pot or a tea kettle. Use only pure, spring or unfiltered water for the best flavor.
  • Bring the water to a roiling boil and remove it from heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon or 2 grams of dried guayusa tea leaves to a tea gourd. Pour the hot water on the leaves and steep for 4 to 7 minutes. Brew up to 10 minutes for a stronger brew.

Learn more about guayusa and how to prepare it here

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Mate (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) 

Mate is a traditional herbal brew native to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It is made from the leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant. It’s flavor is strong, bitter, and vegetal, and it is often sweetened to balance the strong flavor. 

Like guayusa, mate is also a caffeinated tea with 85 mg of caffeine per cup. Mate is prepared by packing the herbs into a traditional cup, adding hot water, and sipping the tea through a metallic straw. In social gatherings, mate is traditionally shared with friends passing the drink from person to person and refilling the cup with hot water, a popular behavior that has changed since the pandemic started!

For those looking to improve focus, mate is the beverage for you. Additionally, mate has been shown to enhance physical performance, protect against infection, boost the immune system, and lower blood sugar levels and risk of heart disease. The infusion also provides small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc. 

Ready to try it?

  • Pour some yerba mate into your mate cup (until it is ¾ full)
  • Pour warm water onto part of the yerba mate.
  • The yerba is now getting wet and the infusion is starting to take place. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Put mate straw into the wet yerba mate tea.
  • Pour in hot water softly. Add sugar to taste to the mate if you want to sweeten it and “suck” through the yerba mate straw.

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Cáscara (Nicaragua

Cáscara is an infusion from Nicaragua made from the dried husk of the coffee cherry. It has honey and floral notes in its flavor and contains around 25 mg of caffeine per cup. 

For those who are in need of some stress reduction, better sleep patterns, and better brain functioning, this is the tea for you. Cáscara also helps aid in digestion and reduce digestive issues such as constipation and preventing gallstones. Additionally, cáscara may also improve your skin and hair with its nutritional properties such as vitamin B, potassium, manganese, and calcium. 

Ready to try it?

  • Put the cascara in either an empty tea bag or any other tea infuser.
  • Steep it in boiling water (100℃ or 212℉) for around five minutes.
  • You can get creative with it adding sweetened condensed milk.

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***Disclaimer: Beware that overconsumption of these teas may cause adverse side effects. Please follow package instructions or consult your doctor before use of these teas and infusions if you have prior health concerns.***

15 Best Latin American soup recipes to try this winter!

Who doesn’t love a nice hot bowl of soup on a chilly winter’s day? As the temperatures continue to drop in the Northern Hemisphere, we at Latinas in Business are looking to cozy up with our favorite Latin American soup recipes.  

All around the world, soup is enjoyed by every culture. Soups come in all different styles, from chunky, clear, to creamy, and can be served hot or cold. Today, we’re focusing on our favorite hot soups from around Latin America. 

With January being National Soup Month, it’s the perfect time to indulge. Celebrate the month by trying out some of these recipes and sharing them with your loved ones. 

5 Latin American soup recipes in three different styles

Latin American soup

Sopa de Sancocho. (Photo source: dominicancooking.com)

Sancocho

Traditionally, Sancocho is a meat-and-roots-based stew. It can be found in various Latin American countries, especially the Caribbean, and comes in different variations depending on the country. Some of the key ingredients include meat, vegetables, broth, yuca, and platano. This hearty soup will make the perfect winter meal!

Recipes for Sancocho

  • Try it the Dominican way with Tía Clara’s recipe at Dominican Cooking, the oldest and largest Dominican cooking website. 
  • Another variation comes from Panamá. This version is similar to chicken soup. See the recipe here
  • Finally, another delicious version to try is Venezuela’s variation. This recipe from La Cocina Latina uses beef for a flavorful and filling meal that will satisfy the whole family. 
Latin American soup

Sopa de Mondongo. (Photo source: mycolombianrecipes.com)

Sopa de Mondongo

Sopa de Mondongo is popular throughout Latina America and the Caribbean. The soup consists of tripe as the main meat and a variety of vegetables. In the Colombian tradition, the soup also includes other meats such as pork and chorizo. In Colombia, Mondongo is served as a complete meal, accompanied by white rice, avocado, banana and drizzled with lime juice.

Recipes for Mondongo 

Latin American soups

Caldo de Res. (Photo source: maricruzavalos.com)

Caldo de Res

Caldo de Res, also known as Cocido, is a hearty soup made with beef meat and bones. The versatile soup includes many variations throughout Latin America in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. 

This recipe is the perfect comfort soup, especially if you’re not feeling well. Made with beef bones and vegetables, this recipe has many health benefits such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Marrow bones also provide Omega-3, vitamin A, vitamin K2, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc among others.

So, if you’re looking for a soup to revitalize your strength, this is definitely one to try! 

Recipes for Caldo de Res

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Sopa de Pescado. (Photo source: quericavida.com)

Sopa de Pescado 

Sopa de Pescado is a fish soup that can be made in various styles depending on the country. In Perú, the dish is called Chilcano de pescado and is made with fish fillet, herbs, vegetables, and a rich broth. In Cuba, the heads of fish are used and pieces of bread or rice are added to the soup and in Costa Rica noodles and potatoes are added. 

Recipes for Sopa de Pescado

Ecuadorian style Locro. (Photo source: laylita.com)

Locro

Locro is a thick and creamy soup popular in countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, and Paraguay. The Argentinian version is made with calabaza—or acorn or butternut squash, corn, beans and meat. In Ecuador, the soup is made with potatoes and cheese, creating a creamy and thick potato soup. The Paraguay version is similar to the Argentinian style, though it does not contain any squash. 

Recipes for Locro

Dia de los Reyes

How Dia de los Reyes traditions vary between countries…and best Rosca recipe!

Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, is a Latino and Hispanic holiday that takes place on January 6th, also known as the Epiphany. 

The history behind the day honors the Three Wise Men and the biblical story of how they traveled for twelve days to give gifts to baby Jesus. The three Kings, named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar followed a star across the desert to deliver symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

For many, the holiday is known as a “second Christmas” and traditionally it is the day when Hispanic households exchange gifts, concluding the Christmas holiday festivities. 

Originally, Christmas was celebrated for more than just one day, with the holiday spanning twelve days following December 25th and concluding on January 6th. You may be familiar with the holiday song The Twelve Days of Christmas. This song describes those twelve days, when many would traditionally give gifts throughout the long holiday, concluding with the Epiphany where the most gifts were given. 

For Latino and Hispanic households, the Epiphany is celebrated with just as much spirit as others celebrate Christmas on December 25th. While the tradition originated in Spain, many Latin American countries have adapted those traditions with their own twists and cultural inspiration. 

Dia de los Reyes traditions by country 

Depending on where you’re from, Dia de los Reyes traditions may vary, but one aspect that remains the same is gift-giving. Similar to Christmas traditions, children anticipate the arrival of the Three Kings like others anticipate Santa Claus and in the morning children wake to find gifts. 

In countries such as Puerto Rico, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, the celebration starts on January 5th with Víspera de Reyes, or Three Kings Eve, where children collect grass or hay in a box, as a gift for the camels. Instead of leaving out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for reindeer, Hispanic and Latino children leave out their old shoes along with their gift to the camels. 

In the morning, children wake to find their shoes filled with candies and other small gifts along with bigger gifts as well. Family members then gather to exchange gifts with each other and celebrate. Countries like Colombia use this family gathering to take down their Christmas tree and other decorations, as the holiday signals the end of the Christmas season. 

For countries such as Peru and Brazil, the day is celebrated with parades honoring the holiday in a mix of cultural traditions and religious ceremonies. 

And Mexico, a big part of Dia de los Reyes is the Rosca de Reyes. This round sweet-bread is decorated to resemble a king’s crown with the candied dried fruit. Part of the tradition includes a small baby Jesus figurine baked into the bread. Whoever finds the toy must then host a party for everyone on Día de la Candelaria or the Day of the Candles on February 2. 

Interested in making a rosca yourself? Check out this recipe by Latina chef, Yvette Marquez, where she adds her own twist on the traditional dish. 

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We want to know: how do you and your family celebrate Dia de los Reyes? Share your story with us in the comments below or on social media!