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Here Are 18 Latino Food Bloggers Making Your Favorite Dishes A Breeze To Create

“Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido” Digital Image. A Cozy Kitchen. 22 August 2018. / “IMG_5190.JPG” Digital Image. Cup My Cakez LA. 22 August 2018.

We’re not learning recetas like we used to. Sí, our mami’s have taught us how to make lo mejor arroz con frijoles on Earth (never argue that). Some of us stray from the traditional. Some of us need actual measurements to make anything edible (the “poquito’s de eso” just don’t cut it for the culinarily challenged).

Our generation is being taught by bloggers and por la comida, it’s no different. We’ve rounded up our favorite bloggers who make simple traditional cooking easy (read: LOTS of pictures), or add a vegan or gluten-free twist on our old favorites. Bookmark this page for easy referencing.

Pan de Muerto by Hungry Sofia

CREDIT: “IMG_5524” Digital Image. Hungry Sofia. 22 August 2018.

Blink and it’s about to be November. Make your bones and eat them, too, with the elusive pan de muerto recipe laid out in plain English. You won’t need three months to learn how to make it. Have fun with it.

Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido by A Cozy Kitchen

CREDIT: “Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido” Digital Image. A Cozy Kitchen. 22 August 2018.

Peruvian-Colombiana Adrianna created Cozy Kitchen to share her take on traditional classics. Her goal? Make your food Instagramable and edible. I’m sold. Look at how delicious this acorn squash looks.

Pozole with Red Chile and Pork by Cella Alyssa

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Cella is a Los Angeles based obsessive foodie, and she writes about food like it’s an art form. Truly, her blog is, if nothing else, a beautiful read as she’s able to capture the humanness of creating food and the culture that surrounds it.

I mean, if you’re reading this, you already know that it’s more than just the food that draws us into the kitchen. It’s part of our identity.

Vegan Chiles Rellenos by Dora’s Table

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Dora’s Table is all plant-based and all traditional. That means you can cook your Mexicana mami a traditional meal without her guessing it’s vegan because Dora has already figured it all out. Gracias, Dora!

5. Rumba Hind Beef Shanks a Lo Cubano by Bren Herrera

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Bren Herrera is an Afro-Cubana who has found a way to make traditional cuisine the norm in her American house. When she writes about the food she makes, it’s filled with the flavor of her own family’s traditions, especially around the holidays. Plus, she makes the recipe easy for you to follow.

Chorizo Quiche Breakfast Muffins by Mole and More

CREDIT: “Bricia_Tabasco_Lily_Ro_Photography-3411.jpg” Digital Image. Mole and More. 22 August 2018.

Bricia Lopez fuses Oaxacan tradition with American life like no other. Just listen to her take on these chorizo quiches:

“Brunch made me feel American, it allowed that little girl from Oaxaca like to feel welcomed in this country.  Food has the power to do that, doesn’t it?  It brings people and communities together.”

Lopez is bringing me straight to these quiche muffins like no other.

Heart of Palm Ceviche by Mexican Made Meatless

CREDIT: “Heart of Palm Ceviche | Ceviche de Palmitos #vegan #raw #ecuadorianfood #mexicanfood“ Digital Image. Mexican Made Meatless. 21 August 2018.

Psh, you know Latinos have the meatless game on lock these days and it’s because it’s a way to decolonize our culture. With Latinos and African Americans at increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and other leading causes of death in the United States, we found a solution to being locked in food deserts: veganism.

Mexican Made Meatless doesn’t add a bunch of processed vegan protein. She keeps it simple, since most Mexican food is already naturally vegan.

Easy Picadillo with Potatoes by La Cocina de Leslie

CREDIT: “Easy Picadillo with Potatoes recipe – lacocinadeleslie.com” Digital Image. La Cocina de Leslie. 22 August 2018.

Alright, this is the opposite of vegan, but is the perfect example of how Leslie food blogs. Esa Mexicana was born and raised in California until she moved to Guadalajara when she was 17 years old and hasn’t left for decades. She makes traditional Mexican food, but she makes it fast to keep up with her busy lifestyle (read: she makes it easy).

Some other recetas include: Tortilla Wrapped Hot Dogs, Pizzadillas, Grilled Nopales con Queso, and Piña Colada Arroz con Leche.

Vegan Tostadas De Tinga With Tofu Queso Fresco by Vegana x Mexicana

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. VeganaXMexicana. 22 August 2018.

Vegana x Mexicana is one of the more famous vegana bloggers, and she’s worth noticing because she gave us vegan queso fresco. We basically worship the ground she walks on for letting us reap the rewards of her trial and error cooking.

On top of Mexican favorites, she also will create recipes for Chikn Pasta Salad, Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Boats and of course, Caldo de “Res” Vegano.

Woke Sancocho by Woke Foods

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Woke Foods. 22 August 2018.

A couple years ago, Ysanet Batista decided to quit her non-profit job and dive deep into food justice. Woke Foods now employs four women of color who cater for NGO’s, social justice conferences and put on free cooking classes for Washington Heights residents.

Ysanet Batista is a queer Afro-Domincana raised between the DR and Hialeah and she deserves all our support.

Sopes by Pati Jinich

CREDIT: “Pati Jinich sopes” Digital Image. Pati Jinich. 22 August 2018.

Pati Jinich is born and raised in Mexico and her obsession for Mexican food catapulting her into a self-made national public TV series called “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Also, no biggie, but she has a degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, so she has brilliant things to say. Check it out.

Molletes de Huevo con Chorizo y Aguacate by Muy Bueno

CREDIT: “molletes-hueveo_chorizo-queso-pico_de_gallo” Digital Image. Muy Bueno Cookbook. 22 August 2018.

Tejana Yvette is an Emmy winning producer and writer and wrote her first cookbook with her own mami. Her blog is a collection of photos of food and photos of su abuelita cooking in the kitchen. she shares her childhood memories of eating molletes for breakfast and how her mother was the “Leftover Queen”.

Beware: her very cute kids eating heart shaped empanadas will get your baby fever fired up.

Té de Bugambilia by The Other Side of the Tortilla

CREDIT: “How to make Mexican té de bugambilia (bougainvillea tea), via theothersideofthetortilla.com” Digital Image. The Other Side of the Tortilla. 22 August 2018.

Let’s move onto dessert shall we? But first, a blog that also captures homeopathic Mexican cures for flu season, dehydration, cough and sore throat. Just grab a handful of clean flowers from the bougainvillea vine, juice of two limes and honey. You’re cured.

Coconut Lime Bars by Vegan Turned On

CREDIT: “CLB 3 (1 of 1)” Digital Image. Vegan Turned On. 22 August 2018.

This is for you college students who don’t have time to become a chef, but do have access to graham crackers and condensed coconut milk and limes. It’s a layering game, and Vegan Turned On gives you step by step instructions to impress your friends with just a few ingredients, cada vez.

Cup My Cakez LA

CREDIT: “IMG_5190.JPG” Digital Image. Cup My Cakez LA. 22 August 2018.

OK, so Cup My Cakez isn’t giving out her recipes but she’s dishing all the inspiration you could need to make a themed cake. If you live near LA, you can even give this Latina the business she deserves. I’m faking a birthday pretty soon for this occasion. You can, too.

@naturally.jo / Instagram

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17 year old “Jo”, as we know him, is always giving out tips and tricks on how he makes his famous, galactic smoothie bowls, but it’s not all in one blog. You have to follow him on Instagram to get it all.

Sugar-Free Besos de Moza by Peru Delights

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Peru Delights. 22 August 2018.

Like most Latin-American candy, it’s a big fat ball of sugar. If you’re like many Latinos and are Diabetes-friendly, this recipe will make you more unfriendly to Diabetes. Peru Delights is tradition based in present day reality, gracias a Dios.

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecakes with Candied Lime by Sweet Life Bake

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Sweet Life Babe. 22 August 2018.

Last but not least, the sweetest fusion of drinks and dessert with none of the sugar. This recipes uses Truvia sugar replacer but there’s no replacing the Cointreau and tequila. That’s a vision of health right there. Dale.


READ: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Here’s Why Activists And Parents Are Upset About A New Weight Loss App For Children

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Here’s Why Activists And Parents Are Upset About A New Weight Loss App For Children

This week, WW, the ridiculously rebranded name for weight loss company Weight Watchers, proved that despite its new designation, the global brand is offering more of the same problematic trash to the world — this time, directed at children in particular.

On Tuesday, WW launched Kurbo, a nutrition and weight loss app for kids between the ages of 8 and 17 years old.

Not surprisingly health experts are furious about the danger it could pose to the physical and mental health of our young people.

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“You NEED to Shut. This. Down,” Whitney Fisch, a social worker, school counselor and mom of three, wrote Wednesday on Facebook. “All bodies, especially growing + developing bodies, deserve respect + the ability to grow into whatever shape they’re meant to grow to be.”

The company describes the app, which is free, as a “scientifically-proven behavior change program designed to help kids and teens age 8-17 reach a healthier weight” that was acquired from Stanford University’s Pediatric Weight Control Program. It uses a traffic light system to instruct youth on foods that they should eat and those that they should avoid. Kids are urged to eat plenty of “green light” foods, including fruits and vegetables, to be “mindful” of their portions of “yellow light” foods, like lean protein, whole grains and dairy, and to lessen their intake of “red light” foods, such as sugary drinks and “treats.” The app also encourages users to track their daily physical activity and deep breathing.

With a paid, subscription-based plan, children can also receive through the app one-on-one sessions with coaches that are supposed to be experts in nutrition, exercise, and mental health. However, the Huffington Post reports that these coaches do not need to have any credentials in health or nutrition fields; though they do go through a minimum of six to eight hours of initial training.

Eating disorder treatment experts are concerned about the impact an app like Kurbo could have on a young person’s mental health, self-esteem and eating habits.

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“While the intention of the app is to promote health and wellness, there is the risk that it could do more harm than good,” Kathryn Argento, a registered dietician with The Renfrew Center, a national network of eating disorder treatment centers for women and girls, told the Huffington Post. “Targeting kids as young as 8 years old to focus on … their bodies can lead to an intense preoccupation with food, size, shape and weight.”

Aside from the damaging impact apps like this one can have on a children’s relationship with their bodies and food, public health organizations and pediatricians also doubt the efficacy of children’s weight loss programs altogether.

“The evidence suggests that these types of tools may be helpful adjuncts to weight management, but there are few studies in pediatrics to confirm that they lead to a ‘meaningful change in their weight trajectories,’” Dr. Ihuoma Eneli, director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, told the news outlet.

As part of WW’s rebranding, the company and app have chosen to start focusing on overall health and wellness in addition to weight loss.

According to Gary Foster, chief scientific officer at WW, Kurbo “isn’t a weight loss app.”

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“This is an app that teaches in a game-ified, fun, engaging way what are the basics of a healthy eating pattern,” he told the Huffington Post.

But parents still worry the app could be spreading an all-too-familiar message that they are unworthy as they are and must change their physical appearance to be accepted. While young people already receive these memos from a diet-obsessed mass media, parents fear that unrealistic beauty ideals are now being pushed on impressionable children in the name of health and wellness.

In response to these apprehensions, Foster said: “I think there could be some misperception that somehow we’re saying, ‘All kids should lose weight, you’re not OK as you are.’ What we’re saying to kids who are trying to achieve a healthier weight — kids and families — is that this is a reasonable, sensible way to do it.”

But despite this alleged kid-friendly wellness mission, Kurbo’s website sends another message.

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Its landing page shows young people’s “success stories,” and they’re celebrating weight loss, not how often they meditate or how many ounces of water they drink daily.

“There’s no way that these kids don’t realize that the app is supposed to help them lose weight,” Ginny Jones, an eating disorder recovery activist, said. “No matter how hard it tries to market itself as a wellness company, WW is about weight loss. Kids are way smarter than we think they are, and every ‘big kid’ who [has been] put on a weight loss program knew exactly what their parents were trying to do.”

Read: She Shared Stories Of Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor And Fear Of Wearing A Two-Piece Then, Jessica Torres Accidentally Built One Of The Biggest Body Positive Communities

People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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Here at mitú, we love our tacos. They’re pretty much the perfect food. A soft corn or flour tortilla filled with your choice of chicken, carnitas, beef, veggies and pretty much anything else you can imagine topped with pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, and avocado? Um, excuse us while we drool. We aren’t the only ones who crave a good taco though.

Celebrities aren’t immune to their siren’s call. The only difference is, they usually look a lot hotter while eating them than we do. 

Take, for example, Michael B Jordan. The “Black Panther” star was spotted getting some late-night tacos over the weekend and we can totally relate to his need for a midnight snack. 

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According to PAGE SIX, Jordan rolled up on Saturday night at Keith Menin’s Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami, Florida. Dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt, the actor arrived at the taqueria around 1 am in a black SUV with his bodyguard and four friends. Jordan enjoyed tacos, burritos, guacamole, and frozen margaritas as he chilled out with his friend group. TBH, It sounds like a pretty great Saturday night to us. 

Sources say that Jordan was friendly with other restaurant-goers, flashing his signature smile at the many girls who walked by his table to get a sneak peek of the star. 

“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the PAGE SIX informant. “Very low key. Very nice all around.” 

This Jordan taco sighting got us thinking about other celebrities out there, chowing down on tacos while looking amazing. 

So, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite photos of celebrities taking down one of our most beloved foods. Be warned: this list is sure to make you hungry in more ways than one. 

1. Kylie Jenner

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We don’t usually require a cowgirl hat when enjoying some Tex-Mex food, but it does make for a nice photo op. In this pic, Kylie Jenner wears a sparkly, silver cowgirl costume as she takes down a four-count of tacos. Get your grub on, girl. 

2. Karlie Kloss

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Some people don’t worry about getting messy when eating while others take a more dainty approach. Model Karlie Kloss seems to be one of those delicate types. Still, we have to admit it’s a cuter look than being covered in guacamole. 

3. Chrissy Teigen

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On the contrary, there’s something really attractive about someone who isn’t afraid to go for it. That’s Chrissy Tiegen all the way. We aren’t even going to touch on how suggestive that taco’s filling looks but we’re all thinking the same thing. 

4. Justin Timberlake

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What did Justin Timberlake do when he won a 2014 People’s Choice Award? He went to Taco Bell to celebrate. While we wouldn’t call the fast-food chain our favorite place to grab a taco, we do have to appreciate JT for keeping it real. There’s definitely something sexy about that. 

5. Michelle Obama

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We didn’t realize it was possible to be elegant while stuffing one’s face with tacos, but former First Lady Michelle Obama has proved us wrong. We have to acknowledge the beauty and grace she has while tasting this treat. We could never be this composed mid-munch so we’ve got to give her props. 

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to eat and there’s something appealing about that. For a past birthday, the singer and actress opted for a non-traditional cake to show off her taco appreciation. Instead of icing, she went in on a taco cake made up of Jake In The Box’s vegan tacos. 

7. Jared Leto

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Next time Jared Leto digs into some scrumptious tacos, we’re going to need him to pull his luxurious locks back into a bun. Still, we appreciate the gusto he’s snacking with. 

We may be divided by differences in customs, beliefs and social standing, but one thing in universal: tacos are delicious. 

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