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Go Guatemala! You’re Finally on Your Way to the Oscars

Ixcanul

Ixcanul is the first movie in 20 years — TWENTY — that Guatemala has entered for an Academy Award…and it’s pretty darn good.

This is María. She’s 17-year-old Mayan and she lives on an active volcano in Guatemala.

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Yes, we said VOLCANO.

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Wait? Who in their right mind would live on one of these things?!

Her parents fixed her up with a local farmer…she ain’t happy.

Yup, the picture above captures how she feels about her arranged marriage…

Because María dreams of seeing the modern world and big city.

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Pepe, who would be like María’s MCM, tells her about life beyond the volcano is everything she dreams of.

Unfortunately for her future husband, María found love in a hopeless place (like Rihanna).

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Everything is unlikely on an active volcano. Who knows if you will be here tomorrow. Run, María. ?

READ: Latino, Gay, and Undocumented in the Rural South

It isn’t long until before María finds out she is pregnant by Pepe.

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And the father is NOT the husband.

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The scandal.

Only the modern world can save her during a complication.

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María finally gets the chance to visit the big city she has dreamed of, but at what cost?

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Check out the full trailer below:

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This is How to Place a Bomb-Ass Order at Your Fave Mex Restaurant When You're Counting Calories

Food & Drink

This is How to Place a Bomb-Ass Order at Your Fave Mex Restaurant When You’re Counting Calories

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Mexican food is awesome for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. What’s not awesome is the amounts of lard, sodium and carbs it comes with.  Look, we’re aware it’s nearly impossible to say “No” to tacos and salsas and beloved margs…instead of skipping them all together, make these small tweaks and still enjoy your favorites off any Mexican menu.

1. Bye Bye Burritos

If you are saying adios to carbs, switch out your large flour tortilla burrito for a lettuce taco to keep your calories in check.

2. Juice Cleanse

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#ByeFelicia to that fresa Fanta drink and exchange it for a refreshing agua de chia or cucumber agua fresca. Watch out for fruit-based waters – leave the azucar to Celia Cruz.

READ: Spiked Aguas Frescas

3. Bean There, Done That

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We love carne asada as much as our Tío does, but don’t like is an increased risk of heart disease. Decrease your intake of red meat by opting for black bean in your tacos and burritos to provide your fill of fiber and vitamin B6.

4. Savory Salsas

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Red and green salsas are for #basics. Add a mango salsa, pineapple-habanero salsa or pico de gallo to your tortilla chips for some healthy hotness.

5. Explore the Exotic

Are you fortunate enough to have Mexican restaurants in your city that showcase the local cuisine from states such as Oaxaca, Puebla, and Yucatan? Try some traditional dishes that will not expand your waistline, like mole verde (made with tomatillos) instead of the chocolate-based mole negro.

READ: The Ultimate Guide to O.C. Mexican Food 

6. Get Naked

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Hold off on the nacho cheese and top your chips with chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños and chopped onions instead.

7. Guac and Roll

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Dig into your guacamole dip with some corn tortillas instead of fried flour tortilla chips…and don’t sprinkle extra salt on the guac or chips.

READ: Real Guac Doesn’t Come with Peas 

8. On the Rocks

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You don’t have to scratch off the happy in happy hour when it comes to margaritas. Ask for an on the rocks marg, no salt on the rim or premade mix — tequila, meet pure lime juice and triple sec.

9. Up the App Game

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Order fresh ceviche as an appetizer to share instead of filling up on tortilla chips and salsa.

READ: Mexican Sushi is a Real Thing and It *Probably* Won’t Gross Out Your Parents

10. Down the Salad Hole

Yes, you can order a tostada salad, but make sure you nix the tortilla shell. Don’t be tempted to nibble on it while your friend tells you the latest chisme.

What are your tips for choosing healthy Mexican food when eating out? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below.

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