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21 Different Types Of Tamales You Are Definitely Eating For The Next Few Months Because Leftovers

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For many Latinos, tamales represent more than just a dish served during the holidays. For some, it might symbolize memories of spending hours pulling masa with family or eating tamales weeks after Navidad. They are beloved in Mexico and beyond, and with good reason. They are soft, warm, tasty, delicious treats, and good for almost any occasion, special or otherwise. Not to mention that you are porbably eating one today for lunch and nother for dinner because there are so many left over from your holiday celebrations.

1. Burnt Strawberry Tamales

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Courtesy of Chef Carlos Salgaldo, these delicious tamales are made by cooking strawberries into a skillet, then mixing them into a buttery masa filling. This is tasty twist on your traditional tamales that strawberry lovers can enjoy. This is a dish that can be easily be tried making at home this holiday season with family and friends.

2. Pollo Con Mole Poblano Tamale

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This tamale dish can be found in the heart of Dallas, Texas at Urban Taco, a Mexican restaurant that is taking a new spin on what “traditional” is. The Pollo Con Mole Poblano Tamale is a tasty delicacy that fans of mole will certainly enjoy. It’s origins date back to Oaxaca, where mole is one of the regions most famous dishes. This should definitely be on your radar next time you’re in the heart of Texas.

3. Chicken Tamales with Tomatillo-Cilantro Salsa

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Cilantro can pack any dish with much needed flavor and that’s the case here with the chicken tamales with Tomatillo-Cilantro salsa. This Mexican-inspired dish is a nice flavorful addition to a traditional tamale with it’s tomato cilantro sauce.

4. Apple Butternut Squash Tamale (Vegan)

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If meat in your tamale isn’t your thing then this vegan tamale might be your go-to this holiday season. Sunny Side Tamales in Downey, CA makes these tasty tamales and are a great healthy alternative that includes apples, butternut squash and walnuts. This should help keep your holiday dieta goals in tact this year.

5. Hot Cheeto Tamale

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Say hello to the Hot Cheeto tamale! A creation many didn’t think was possible but here it is ready to spice up your holidays. A creation from Fatima’s Grill in Downey, CA, this tamale packs a spicy punch that only Hot Cheetos can give. Drizzled with nacho cheese and Hot Cheeto crumbles, this tamale will have you licking your fingers right after.

6. Gansito Tamale

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Gansito snacks filled your childhood with so many delicious memories it’s no surprise that it’s now paired with tamales. Just thinking about the strawberry masa and chocolate Gansito inside makes your mouth water. Churrito Loco located in Moreno Valley, CA sells these delicacies and have already become quite a hit. I’m sure this is one tamale many people will try making at home this holiday season.

7. Strawberry & Cream Cheese Tamale

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Strawberry and Cream Cheese are a great combination alone but combining them into a tamale? Oh yeah! This tamale is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and your stomach. Magaly’s Tamales and Mexican Grill is the proud creator of this tasty treat and have managed to merge together two of our favorite snacks into one.

8. Tamales de Chocolate y Nuez

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What’s not to love here with the as a chocolate based masa takes place of your traditional corn base. With a hint of chile and lightly sweetened with piloncillo, the Tamales de Chocolate y Nuez is sweet treat that every Latino can enjoy. Filled with pecans and chocolate chips these tamales would taste great with a side of cafecito this Navidad.

9. Bean Cheese and Potato Tamale

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Sometimes you just got to keep things simple and that applies here with the Bean Cheese and Potato Tamale. These Mexican inspired tamales have an added kick with the addition of Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce that pack a serious flavorful punch. These are a quick and tasty reiteration of your traditional tamale that everyone in the family will be snacking on.

10. Cookies N’ Cream Tamale

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These tasty treat has people buzzing across the internet and rightfully so. Combining chocolate and tamale is nothing new, so this Mexican restaurant took it to the next level with the Cookies N’ Cream Tamale! Filled with Oreo cream stuffing and a chocolate masa, this tamale might already have you drooling just thinking about it.

11. Spinach Corn Elote

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Looking for something a little on the healthier side? The spinach and corn tamale might just be for you. Filled with cheese, spinach and corn, this tamale has all your essentials when looking for something a little lighter for the holidays. It also works great for vegan only eaters in your family.

12. Black Bean Tamale

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Black beans are some of the healthiest types of beans filled with protein and iron that are an essential part of any diet. These black bean tamales are great for vegetarians and vegans as well. The tamale is filled with black beans, onion and a chipotle seasoned masa that will surely please your taste buds.

13. Portobello and Polenta Tamales

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Wrapped with a corn husk, the portobello and polenta tamale tastes as good as it looks. The distinguishing part of this tamale isn’t just the corn husk but the addition of portobello mushroom that adds a kick. Highly recommend this plate if having friends over and want to impress this holiday season.

14. Chile Rojo Tamale

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You can’t beat a classic and that’s the case here with the Chile Rojo tamale that many of us grew up eating. Filled with pork, chicken or sometimes beef, the Chile Rojo tamale is a holiday essential. Try adding cilantro or adding some corn to add some more kick into it.

15. Smoky Fiesta Black Bean Tamale

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Here’s another healthy option for vegetarian and vegans eaters with the Smoky Fiesta Black Bean Tamale. Mixed in with green chilies and red bell peppers, it’s hard to not want to try this tamale. Try adding some chipotle sauce to dip in to add even more flavor.

16. Pico de Gallo Green Chile Tamale

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Pico de Gallo is traditionally used for dipping when it comes to your chips but here it’s part of the main dish, Smothered with cilantro, green chile, and crema ranchera, it’s going to feel like taking a bit out of a burrito. Shane’s Tamales, a vegan tamale vendor in Los Angeles, is behind this dish and works for vegan eaters as well.

17. Sweet Pina Tamale

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Candy tamales are nothing new but Tamales Doña Tere has managed to put together quite a spin on it. The Sweet Pina tamale grabs your attention with it pink coloring but the real treat is inside with its sweet taste. There are multiple locations across the U.S. if you want to try this and other specialty tamales.

18. Chipotle Sweet Potato Tamale

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Sweet Potato Fries are a healthier alternative to traditional french fries and this is the case here with the Chipotle Sweet Potato Tamale. With more people seeking alternatives when it comes to traditional tamales, sweet potatoes work here as a great and tasty substitute.

19. Chicken Tamale Pizza

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While this technically isn’t a “tamale” it has everything a tamale lover can appreciate including a crust! If you want to impress family and friends this holiday with something unique, this might be it. It also works as a gluten-free option and as always meat is optional.

20. Tamale Colordado

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The Tamale Colorado is one of the most popular version of the tamale for Guatemalans and is traditionally eaten on Saturdays. The tamale has a dark red savory sauce and contains chicken, pork, or beef alongside green olives. One way to recognize this tamale is with its traditional green wrapping that is seen in most Central American versions of the tamale.

21. Tamal de Carne en Mole

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The Tamal de Carne en Mole is one of the best-looking tamales out there and is a specialty that everyone should taste. Cooked in mole rojo and filled with cheese and bell peppers, it’s a perfect combination for mole and tamale lovers.


READ: The Exhausting Process Of Making Tamales For The Holidays Broken Down In GIFs

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21 Ways To Stay Accountable And Motivated About Your Fitness Goals For 2019

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21 Ways To Stay Accountable And Motivated About Your Fitness Goals For 2019

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With every new year comes the idea that we will somehow magically transform into a dream version of who we want to be. We want to be a better person, a healthier person, a person that doesn’t slump around the world unmotivated. The way we become a healthier person is obviously one of the biggest struggles that people deal with every day, and that we vow to change on Jan. 1. However, becoming a new you — while it may seem sort of impossible — is doable, and if you want it bad enough change is possible if you allow it to be.

In order to figure out how to accomplish our fitness goals for the new year, we didn’t speak to trainers or health nuts. We spoke to real people, with real lives, who are not consumed with fitness 24/7 but are somehow doing it. They are staying fit, eating better, making time to work out all the while holding down a full-time job, raising kids, and living life.

So here are 21 tips from real people about how to stay accountable and motivated about your fitness goals.

1. Write down your fitness goals.

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Before beginning any project, it’s important to tell yourself what your intentions are. It’s even more important if you write them down. Taking time to visualize your goals and journaling what you want in life will show you how important making changes is. If you’re not taking it seriously, you’re never going to be able to stick to goals. Be intentional and write it down.

2. Set short term goals.

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If you try to pursue your health in extreme ways, such as saying you’re going to lose 50 pounds in six months, you’re only going to disappoint yourself. Be realistic in the sense that you will tell yourself “this week I will workout three times, and only have one cheat day.” Make your bigger goals smaller so you can accomplish them. You can also give yourself a goal of feeling better in those tight jeans. You’ll get far within your goals if you remain practical.

3. Stay away from toxic people.

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Before you read this as a judgment call not to drink, let us explain. For a second, just think about people in your life that love to have not one or two, but three or four drinks, sometimes every night. The person that loves to see you at Happy Hour, or that friend that loves getting a quick meal in the drive-thru lane, may not be the kind of people you want around on a daily basis if you are trying for certain goals.

If there are people around you that don’t mind making unhealthy choices and are totally okay with taking you on their journey, ask yourself: is that the path I want? If the answer is no, try to distance yourself from going to that Happy Hour, perhaps suggest bowling or karaoke, some kind of activity that doesn’t revolve around drinking.

Having a glass of wine or beer isn’t harmful, but it’s all about moderation and understanding that each glass carries loads of calories. If you’re going to go out to dinner think about what you rather have: a drink or dessert. Try opting for one indulgence instead of two.

4. Limit your social media time.

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People have replaced being lazy on the couch to spending time on their phone. If you cut back on screen time and instead take a walk at the mall or around town, not only will you be more active, but you also won’t get bogged down with images that can sometimes be damaging to your self-esteem.

5. Be good to yourself: Leave inspirational notes around your house.

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Since you have already journaled what your fitness goals are, remind yourself of what they are by making notes and placing them around your house. You don’t want to force yourself to go for a run if you’re not feeling it, but it would be nice to read a note that read: “you love the feeling of your hair blowing in the wind” or “that J.Lo song will really push you to get out there and do it.” It’s important that you stay motivated by being kind to yourself, not feeling bad if you didn’t work out, but know that you will try again tomorrow.

“Keep those sneakers by the front door, instead of in a closet, so they are ready to go,” a friend told me once. “It will remind you of your goal and keep you from procrastinating and losing momentum by searching for them.”

6. Don’t do exercises that are too difficult. Be active by doing activities that you enjoy.

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Don’t believe that 2 months at Barry’s Bootcamp is going to change your life, although for some it might. The last thing you want is to cause harm to your body. We know plenty of people that push themselves to do CrossFit training and end up getting hurt.

If you love to dance, join dance classes or Zumba. If you love to walk but find it boring, go somewhere that it’s scenic. You can easily adjust your activity by doing things you like to do.

7. Follow inspirational, fitness-minded people on social media.

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There are so many incredible people on social media that are great to follow, simply because they can provide tips and inspire you to be healthier. Robin Arzon is one of those people that knows how to balance her fitness account with a lot of fun and educational posts.

8. Be practical about your fitness goals.

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Find what works best for you. Maybe self-motivating is tough and you need some accountability. Find a personal trainer that you can check in with once or twice and week and use what they teach you to continue your fitness journey for the rest of the week. Don’t worry about the number on the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat so the number will fluctuate depending on what exercises you are doing. It is all about how you feel in your own skin.

9. Think of that gym membership as a real investment in yourself.

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“Another thing that’s been motivating me is how much I’m paying for my membership,” a friend, who’s recently lost weight and kept it off, told me. “I work out more often to make sure I get my money’s worth. I’m also looking at it as an investment in myself and my health instead of ‘damn I’m paying so much.'”

10. Don’t compare yourself to anyone, especially celebrities.

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If you’re following Kim Kardashian and her sisters on Instagram while you’re trying to get fit, you’re only going to be doing yourself a disservice. Your body is yours, and no one else’s, nor should it look like anyone else’s. Figure out the goals you want to meet this year and work out towards those goals and your body.

11. Motivation is the spark but determination is the fuel.

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Being motivated to work out and eat healthily is key. Being determined takes more energy, and that’s the energy you’re going to need to not lose sight of what you want in life.

12. Measure your foods.

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It seems simple but this is one thing that can quickly be annoying. Remember that without proper balance you will just have a life without structure, and that can be really self-destructive. In order to eat what you want and avoid gaining weight try cutting out the excess. For example, if you’re craving fries, don’t go to McDonald’s and buy a large portion, instead go to the grocery store and buy sweet potato fries.

13. Do not get discouraged if you don’t see results right away.

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You are creating a new lifestyle and eating habit. You aren’t doing something temporarily if you want to make big changes in your health and body.

“Go at your own pace,” a friend told me. “It takes time to see results so be patient. It took me some time to get used to a different way of eating and changing my diet but don’t give up. It’s all worth it in the end because diet plays a big role in achieving fitness goals.”

14. Have cheat days, but don’t go overboard.

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Allow yourself to have some of the treats you love in moderation. Save those treats for a cheat day or cheat meal. We’ve been told that having a cheat day once a week is the way to go. “Sunday’s are the best day to do it,” a friend told me. “Typically when you have a cheat day on a Friday or Saturday it will carry over into the other weekend days.” So sticking to Sunday’s are best.

15. Don’t force yourself to eat healthy foods that you don’t like to eat. Stick to what tastes good.

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Just because some diets require that you eat loads of greens doesn’t mean you have to. If you don’t like spinach don’t eat. If you like kale instead, stick to that. Eating foods that you don’t enjoy won’t make eating a good experience, but if you substitute them with healthy foods you do like, well that’s just a win-win.

16. Plan your workouts around your real schedule.

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Don’t force an unnatural habit that you cannot sustain. Some find that working out at lunch during work is better for them. Some can wake up at 4 a.m. to work out before getting the kids off to school or starting work. It might even be better for you to work out after work in the evening at home. Do what is best for you that you can sustain.

17. Think of staying healthy without an end date: you’re making a lifestyle change.

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If you tell yourself that after a certain date you will have met your goal and then go back to your old unhealthy ways, you can forget the whole thing right now. The point of being healthy is to stay healthy. Yes, it’s hard work, but you will ultimately feel better about yourself and wonder how you could have ever lived in any other way.

18. Name your biggest indulgence and alternate it in a way that will be healthy.

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If you love the Real Housewives or binging on Netflix go right ahead and do it. However, why not watch TV while doing some sit-ups in front of the TV or lunges. Working out while watching TV will make you feel proactive.

If your vice is eating chocolate, try substituting it small pieces of dark chocolate. If you like wine, there are low-calorie wines on the market. There are always ways to take a bad thing and turn into a positive.

19. Take every other day off. If you’re tired, rest.

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A huge part of being healthy is being good to yourself. It’s a great thing to push yourself to reach your goals, but being kind to yourself is sometimes harder than you think. Working out every other day is a good thing; resting and getting a good night’s sleep is also really good for your body and mental health.

20. Measure backward so you can see your progress.

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Take a look at your accomplishments from the prior week and setting your goals for the following week to slightly improve those stats. So, if you’re seeking constant gradual improvement instead of trying to become a new person right away, you are slowly becoming a whole new you. 

Here’s an example on how to measure your progress backward, a goal this week could be to everyday unfold the yoga mat, sit on it and stretch. Then at the end of the week, look back and see if you actually did it. Give yourself bonus points for tracking visually on a calendar or something. If it went well, add two yoga poses to the goal for the next week. If it didn’t, re-adjust to attainable goals so you can follow through on them and celebrate the accomplishments.

21. Remember being healthier is about taking care of yourself so you can feel better.

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You’re not losing weight just so you can impress the world with your new body. Don’t be that shallow! You want to be healthy so you can be happy. Life is too short to just sit around drinking all day, eating bad food, and watching TV. Once you realize how important you are, you’ll want to be out there living it.


READ: The Top Latino Fitness Bloggers You Need To Inspire Your Dieta 

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