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This Tortilla Looks Like A Regular Tortilla, But It’s Completely Different

When you’re Latino, food seems to be the center of every family gathering. But no matter how much family and food go hand in hand, everything changes when you have a disease that overwhelmingly restricts your diet.

Veronica Garza grew up battling multiple symptoms that affected her skin, muscles, kidneys. It seemed like almost everything she ate had a negative effect on her.

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“For me, the obvious symptoms were icky joints, constantly feeling tired, rashes on my body, so I couldn’t be out in the sun without developing rashes…and just this general inflammation. I was even having issues with my kidneys. At one point the doctor was telling me that because I was so young, if it kept going in the same direction, I would probably end up on dialysis,” Veronica Garza told mitú.

After being diagnosed with both lupus and ITP, Veronica knew she had to make a serious change in her lifestyle, starting with her eating habits.

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But she wasn’t alone. Her family also joined this change to make the transition easier for Veronica.

“I think we all understood that it’s easier to do things together, to be successful together, so I never had [the issue of] showing up to family gatherings and feeling like I was left out,” she said.

Even though Veronica had the support of her family, it was still difficult having to miss out on such a huge part of her culture – the food. So she decided it was time to experiment in the kitchen.

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“We would get together and we would still try to eat tacos; we would just wrap fajitas in a piece of lettuce instead. That was okay for a while, but we did miss the foods that we had grew up eating, which led me to come up with my first tortilla, which was the almond flour tortilla,” Veronica told mitú.

After coming up with the grain-free, almond flour tortilla, there was only one thing that worried Veronica, and that was: what would her family think about these non-traditional tortillas?

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“It took a little while. At first it was just me testing it out, eating it by myself, trying to feel comfortable about it. Then I started putting them on the table for people to try them without really saying much about it”, Veronica told mitú.

“It took my dad a little while to even attempt to eat the tortillas. He just wasn’t having it. But as soon as he did have them, they became a part of his diet. Now they’re the only tortillas he will eat,” Veronica added.

It was with her family’s support that Veronica and her brother Miguel Garza took it upon themselves to share not only their tortilla recipe, but their story as well. That’s when they founded their company: Siete Family Foods.

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“One of our goals is to provide education and knowledge as to how we can remove processed food from our diets and include more real whole foods. Along the way it’s never really been like, ‘Oh awesome, we’re starting this business.’ It’s really been more about, ‘We have something that we really want to share with you.’ There’s no exciting entrepreneurial background. We do things together as a family and we just happened to be blessed to be able to share some of our passions with other people,” Miguel told mitú.

Whether it’s because of lupus, ITP, or another health condition that requires strict dietary restriction, Miguel and Veronica want to be able to offer a healthy but delicious food alternative.


“What we’re trying to do is create a product for people that may not have been able to enjoy it because of specific dietary restrictions. We want to encounter people that have a similar story to us. Hopefully this product allows them to experience some of the nostalgia of growing up with that culturally significant tortilla and still be able to enjoy it with family and friends,” said Miguel.

Despite the rollercoaster of running a business, Miguel and Veronica couldn’t be happier about how much their food products have changed other people’s lives.


“There are days when you wake up and it’s super exciting that you get to share something with people across the country, and there are also days that you just have a massive headache because of the stress of being involved in the business. It’s both exciting and scary at the same time. You wake up every day and just hope to do your best. I think one of the biggest hopes is that we’re making a difference beyond selling tortillas and tortilla chips – that we’re actually making an impact in people’s lives,” Miguel told mitú.

Ultimately, Siete Family Foods has been a blessing for the Garza family, and they hope to continue distributing food products that accommodate different autoimmune diseases across the country.


Veronica told mitú, “My brother had said that these tortillas are life changing to a lot of people, and that is something that I’m really proud of. It’s something that makes me happy every time. We get emails or messages from people and they tell us that the chips or the tortillas have changed their lives.”

From the kitchen, to the shelves of stores across the country, Siete Family Foods continues to grow, and the Garza family couldn’t be more proud.


“It’s definitely humbling. I know I make sure to stop by at a natural foods grocery store so that I can see our products on the shelves and take a picture. It’s still very exciting everywhere I go. There are people that I’ve never even met who are enjoying the products that we make,” Veronica said.


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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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