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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their College-Bound Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

Last week, California Polytechnic State University student, April Olvera posted a video sent to her by her mamá, and the video went viral, already wracking up nearly ten million views, and nearly one million likes in less than seven days.

Olvera, away at college, texted her mom, Silvia Dominguez, to say that she didn’t know how to fold a burrito, and her mom sent her a video that contained a soothing video-folding lesson.

While some couldn’t help but wonder why Olvera didn’t know how to fold a burro, her mamí’s special brand of cariño shown in the forty-second burrito-folding lesson was the focus of the comments that followed.

Other Latinas needed the lesson too!

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Another Latina Twitter user, couldn’t get over the way Olvera’s mother, Silvia, repeated the lesson.

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Two guys commented on Olvera’s mom’s soothing voice, but we think @carys_arsenic nailed it.

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And this guy too who points out Ms. Dominguez’s calm in the face of a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.

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When Olvera told her mother that her video went viral and inspired so many positive comments, Dominguez said, “Maybe it’s not the burrito. Maybe it’s about family and love.”

Burrito-folding-lesson mom, Silvia Dominguez, speaks Spanish in the video, smiling the whole time, clearly happy to be able to help her daughter away at college with anything, using her own phone propped up on the counter to capture the lesson.

“Okay,” she says in Spanish, holding up a corn tortilla, “Imagine that this is my flour tortilla. Add what you’re going to use, fold it from this side, fold it from that side, and roll it. Did you see that?

And then she unrolls the burro and repeats the steps: It’s a circle. Fold it here, fold it here, and roll it. Nice! Okay, bye. I love you.”

We also like how Burrito-Folding-Lesson Mom is even helping grown-ass men.

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And because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, here’s a video made by the author for her son on his way to college in the fall.


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We Talked to Latina Bloggers About Their Healthiest Food Tricks

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We Talked to Latina Bloggers About Their Healthiest Food Tricks

By: Lola Méndez

The first dishes that come to mind when we think of the diverse delicacies of Latina food aren’t exactly healthy staples. Sometimes, I just can’t resist the Uruguayan dishes of churros with dulce de leche, fried empanadas, and ñoquis doused in a creamy white sauce–not exactly nutrient-rich foods. Many of our most beloved Latino dishes are full of fat, salt, and sugar.

By folding in some of these healthy eating tips from our favorite Latina food bloggers you can have a more balanced diet. Cultivate a healthier meal plan so that you won’t feel guilty when you splurge on some of your favorite rich Latino foods. These Latina food bloggers prove that you don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to eat healthily.

Whenever I’m at a loss for how to make traditionally hearty Latino foods with a healthy twist I turn to Afro-Latina Dominican Cecilia Flores of Coco Verde, Latino Vegan Kitchen.

This mama can seriously make the most lack-luster veggies transform into drool-worthy dishes that will make you forget you ever enjoyed fried milanesa. Becoming a mother motivated her to clean up her diet. “It was really after the birth of our daughter that I started to seriously think about exactly what I was eating because I was determined to give her a good start and get her loving good foods,” says Flores.

This mama can seriously make the most lack-luster veggies transform into drool-worthy dishes that will make you forget you ever enjoyed fried milanesa. Becoming a mother motivated her to clean up her diet. “It was really after the birth of our daughter that I started to seriously think about exactly what I was eating because I was determined to give her a good start and get her loving good foods,” says Flores.

Flores had the same concerns that many of us feel when trying to think about incorporating more plants into our diets. “I started learning about plant-based eating and its benefits. The only issue was the food! I didn’t want healthier and plant-based eating to mean that I was leaving my culture and traditional foods behind,” says Flores. She began to get creative as she prepared and transformed the Dominican foods she loves with healthier ingredients.

Another Latina food blogger we turn to for healthy recipes is Mexican Ana Frias of Muy Delish.

The fondest memories from her childhood are helping her mother prepare meals for their family of nine kids in Mexico. But, it wasn’t until Frias started weight lifting that she got serious about sticking to a healthy diet. She believes that balance and moderation is the key to staying healthy. “Healthy eating is about moderation, not about being restrictive with the foods you eat. If you eat a balanced healthy diet and have a treat here and there, you’ll be less inclined to binge or stop eating healthy altogether. Extreme diets never work,” says Frias.

The founder of Muy Bueno Cookbook and author of “Muy Bueno” and “Latin Twist” is healthyish Tejana Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. “I’m obsessed with my Mexican culture and sharing my family traditions. I create recipes with a healthy Mexican twist, which means less frying, less fat, high protein, and more fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables,” she says. She goes on to explain that she loves Mexican flavors, spicy food, and fresh ingredients, especially avocados. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fat and a staple in many ethnic cuisines from Latin America.

Her key to successful healthy eating as a Latina is dining at home often. “It’s easy to overboard when a never-ending basket of tortilla chips and salsa is placed on your table at a Mexican restaurant.” Chips and salsa are her weakness. “I know myself too well. If I open a bag of tortilla chips I will eat them all,” says Marquez-Sharpnack and honestly, we can relate! She continues to say that “If you know your weaknesses, try not to buy those items.”

Healthy Eating Tips from Latina Food Bloggers

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Tomato jam! A delicious (and relatively easy) experiment. So great for toast or as an appetizer for parties! Crackers with vegan cream cheese and tomato jam are my new favorite. One note: next time I’ll peel the tomatoes by blanching them because I didn’t like the pieces of skin left behind in the jam. Have you ever had tomato jam? What’s your favorite way to eat it?! 2 lbs of tomatoes (peeled and chopped) 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon of minced ginger 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt Dash of cayenne pepper Bring mixture to a boil in a pot (stir frequently so it doesn’t burn) and then simmer until it’s a jam texture (stirring occasionally, about 2 hours). Let cool, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container and enjoy! _____________________________________ Mermelada de tomate! Súper fácil y muy delicioso! Me encanta poner un chin sobre pan tostado o también comérmela con galleticas y queso Filadelfia (vegano). Lo único que cambiaría para la próxima vez es pelar los tomates antes de hacer la mermelada. No lo hice esta vez y en el resulto final quedaron pedacitos aunque trate te pasar la mermelada por la licuadora. Has probado la mermelada de tomate? Con que te lo comes normalmente?! 2 libras de tomates (peladas y cortadas) 3/4 taza de azúcar morena 1 cucharada de jengibre 2 cucharadas de vinagre de sidra de manzana 1/2 cucharadita de canela 1 cucharadita de sal Una pizca de Cayena en polvo Poner todos los ingredientes en una olla a hervir a fuego alto (moviendo la mixtura mucho para que no se pegue a la olla). Luego baja el fuego y deja que hierve a fuego lento hasta que tenga la consistencia de una mermelada (más o menos 2 horas). Deja que se enfríe y poner en un envase dentro de la nevera. Disfrutar!

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It’s easier than you think to make traditional Latino dishes healthier. If you want to incorporate more veggies Flores suggests using black beans instead of beef as they have more protein, fiber, calcium, and iron than beef and less sodium, cholesterol, and fat. Black beans are already a staple of many Latino dishes so you’ll likely already have some in your cupboard. Legumes are going to be healthier for your body and your wallet as they’re significantly less costly than meat. Give beans a chance and whip up Coco Verde’s Niños Envueltos of cabbage rolls stuffed with lentils and rice, preferably brown rice for more protein and fiber.

Some of the other items that Flores suggests every Latinx have stocked in their kitchen are whole grains like brown rice, sweet or red potatoes, dried beans (or low sodium canned). She supplements these with seasonal fruits and vegetables and pairs it all together for unique renditions of Latino dishes.

Frias thinks of creative ways to make unhealthy dishes better such as focusing on spices and salsas and baking instead of frying.

“I stay away from any high saturated fats like sopapillas and chicharrones. I still eat tamales and churros but only about twice a year,” she says. Marquez-Sharpnack echoes a similar sentiment in her approach to healthy eating. “Stay away from fried and fatty foods, choose dishes that are high in protein, and incorporate fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meals.”

If a recipe calls for sour cream or mayonnaise, Frias substitutes with non-fat Greek yogurt which provides extra protein. Going cheese-free can be a challenge so she uses low-fat cheese in minimal portions and opts for lean meat over fatty proteins.

Snacking is hard to resist. Marquez-Sharpnack keeps lots of fresh plant-based supplies on hand such as fruit, veggies, and nuts. “I always have avocados and apples sitting on my counter and a bag of walnuts or almonds. Snack on healthy choices so that you are not starting and make bad choices,” she says.

Healthy Meal Ideas From Latina Food Bloggers

For breakfast, Flores recommends preparing overnight oats similar to avena. Muy Bueno Cookbook has a healthy rendition of old fashioned Mexican oatmeal avena. Breakfast is a surprisingly easy meal for folding in typical Latino foods such as cactus with this licuado de nopal. Avocados are great any time of day–add a Latino twist by skipping toast and serving your mashed avocado over a warm corn tortilla.

At lunchtime, Flores tends to turn to arroz con habichelas instead of rice and chicken. She likes to have a side of some maduros (her maduros pie is to-die-for) and some veggies. Calabacitas are a great side dish to have on hand. Frias says they can easily be turned to the main dish by adding some rotisserie chicken breast chunks. Another fail-proof side or main dish is Muy Bueno Cookbook’s Avocado and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese which is full of healthy fats.

If you’re a meat eater, lunch is a great time to have seafood which is high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. The shrimp ceviche recipe that Frias swears by is easy to follow and can be eaten with or without baked tortilla chips. We’re also a fan of her shrimp tacos with mango salsa for an easy and healthy lunch–be sure to use corn tortillas instead of flour. If you want something a bit lighter go for Muy Bueno Cookbook’s Seared Ahi Tuna Salad. Many Latino flavors are bold and low calorie such as lime juice, chile, ginger, garlic, cilantro, onion, and parsley.

If you’re used to having beef for dinner make Muy Delish’s Albondigas Soup–Frias uses 98% lean ground beef instead of fatty ground beef. In the cool evenings of the winter, it’s too easy to fall back into unhealthy eating patterns as you’ll be craving hearty dishes. Marquez-Sharpnack recommends going for a portion of caldo de pollo instead as it’s loaded with protein and veggies and is super flavorful and comforting. Remember, adding veggies is the easiest way to make a dish healthier. There’s always room for more plants in traditional Latino dishes such as arepas, pupusas, tamales, enchiladas, and more.

Why Healthy Eating Matters for Latinas


High rates of health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes in Latino communities motivate Flores to encourage her fellow Latinos to eat healthily. “We’re oftentimes led to believe that genetics is the main reason for this, but in reality, it has a lot to do with what we eat! That’s also the hard part. A lot of what we eat is guided by where we live, especially for people that live in food deserts, or places where fresh healthy food or even supermarkets are very limited or unaffordable,” she says. Basically, you are what you eat, right?

Frias can relate to this on a personal level, as a major motivator for her own journey into healthy eating was that, like many Latino families, some of her relatives suffer from diabetes. “I believe that prevention is the best medicine. I don’t want to end up dealing with health issues as I get older if I can do something about it now. Si se puede,” says Frias. As Latinos, we have a high rate of obesity, heart and liver disease. “We must break that chain! All of these diseases are easily preventable just by eating healthy foods and having an exercise routine.” Recognizing food as nourishment is a key first step into becoming dedicated to healthy eating practices and decreasing chronic disease.

For Marquez-Sharpnack, it’s her mother’s healthy influence that inspired her to pass down healthy eating habits to her children. “It saddens me to hear that childhood obesity in the Hispanic population is growing faster than other segments of the population. Almost two in five Hispanic children between the ages of 2-19 are overweight or obese.” This urgent call for action shows the necessity for healthier eating in our communities–for the sake of our niños.


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For Years My Mom Wouldn’t Let Me Use A Tampon Because Permanecer Pura

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For Years My Mom Wouldn’t Let Me Use A Tampon Because Permanecer Pura

Dale, we’re going to have the period talk. And not the one that your mother never gave you. Vamos a hablar en all the ridiculous superstitions and period stigmas de nuestras mamis and how it’s affected us growing up. I’ll start. Beginning at age eight or nine, my mom and tías suddenly got a magical glint in their eye telling me que ‘any day now, you’ll get your period and become a woman and get your own tetas.’ K.

That’s it. That’s all the info I got until the day I got my period, with years of buildup, and then the true horror of it all sunk in. This isn’t just one magical glow-up day, like in the Sims? I just feel like mierda for five days and then it happens *cada mes* until I’m una viejita?!

To top it off, talking about the nitty gritty details of what to do on your period was taboo.

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They just give you the fattest pads on the market, with wings and everything, and wish you buena suerte. And they give you “Dear God, It’s Me, Margaret” as the holy bible of periods.

We’re brought up to believe that periods are this beautiful, magical uniquely feminine metamorphosis.

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Suddenly, we’re going to start being attractive to boys (they definitely didn’t tell me about the girls #gayproblems). We were going to graduate to their level of womanhood. Pero, no.

They conveniently leave out all the painful details.

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My own mother has endometriosis, a painful condition that causes your uterine lining to grow outside the uterus, thickening over time and causing pain and infertility. Nobody knows exactly what causes it, except that if your mom has it, you’re more likely to have it.

So I had no idea that my period cramps would be so painful, I’d be sent home from school on the regular.

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I took twice as many pain killers as prescribed and it didn’t help. My teachers would see me silently sweating at my desk, pale as a ghost, and send me home, just about every month. In a way, I appreciate that my mom held onto hope and didn’t want to scare me before my first period.

My mom also forbade me to go into the ocean on my period so the sharks wouldn’t get me.

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En serio. “Se pueden oler la sangre.” Nope. There are so many superstitions about not going outside when it’s raining, drinking cold water, or being in the water, because it stops your period. NEVER, EVER, TRY TO STOP YOUR PERIOD, MIJA.

When I was 15, I asked my mom if I could ‘try’ tampons.

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I was already borrowing them from my friends at school because those super pads my mom bought me were embarrassing as eff to wear. She looked at me like I was the Whore of Babylon. “Para que? So you can lose your virginity to a piece of cotton?!” She didn’t talk to me for the rest of the day.

Maybe sharing this female experience has some rosy solidarity around it, but vamos a decirle la verdad.

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It’s a total sh*t show. The reality is that you’ll probably have menstrual cramps, back pain, your breasts will be super tender, you might get headaches, and you’ll be extra tired and hungry from all that extra energy you’re expending. It helps to have some products that will actually make your life easier, instead of bulkier.

1. Fearless Necklace | $85

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You WILL want to you tampons, and they won’t take away your virginity. Also, in 2019, we’re done stuffing tampons up our sleeves as we sneak to the bathroom. Literally, half the population has periods. It’s no secret.

This necklace holds that emergency tampon right around your neck. Plus, everyone purchased gifts a year’s supply of pads to a girl sponsored by ZanaAfrica.

2. D Reusable Tampon Applicator | $24

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If you’re already on your tampon game, but like using the plastic applicator, DAME is here to make periods comfortable and sustainable. The whole product is made of an antimicrobial material so it’s self-cleaning. You just have to wipe it with a paper towel or rinse it off and you’re solid. Save money and thousands of pieces of plastic in our landfills with DAME.

3. Tampliner | $6

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If the idea of reusable menstrual products isn’t your thing, then gynecologist Alex Hooi’s Tampliner might be for you. Instead of a plastic applicator, it uses organic biodegradable cotton that doubles as a liner. That way you don’t have to choose between ruining your underwear or carrying liners and tampons with you everywhere. Son los dos.

4. Period Undies | $35

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Do you feel extra angry with the world when you’re on your period? Use Trump’s face as a blood dumpster while these period underwear soak up a bit of your period (and need for justice). You can choose other politicians that are working to limit women’s reproductive rights and trust that $3 of every sale goes to Planned Parenthood. Win-win.

5. THINX Period Underwear | $30

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Each pair holds 1-2 tampons worth of blood depending on the style (boy shorts, thongs, even gym shorts, and leotards are available!). THINX was the first to think of an alternative to having a plastic pad in your pants. One reviewer on THINX says it all, “And yes all the other reviews are right, once you get these you’ll say “why didn’t I get these sooner?!”

There you have it. If you don’t want to bleed on people’s faces, these are for you.

6. Reusable Pads | $12

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These are FAR more comfortable than the diapers your mom first gave you. First, they’re made of organic cotton, so they feel like you’re just wearing underwear. Second, you won’t have to spend mad money every month on period products. This set can be reused for years to come.

7. Menstrual Cup | $25

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Let’s talk menstrual cups. Yes, they are bigger than tampons, but no, you won’t lose whatever patriarchal concept of ‘virginity’ that your mom is so worried about. They’re made of 100% silicone, so that means that no chemicals or chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome will affect you.

I’ve been using these for the last 5+ years and am never going back. Depending on your flow, you only have to empty these every 12 hours. There’s no tampon string to accidentally pee on. Just boil them between periods for a few minutes and they’re sanitized and ready to go.

8. FLEX | $15

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So, I’ve never used this before but reviewers rave. This menstrual cup is not reusable, but it allows for sex on your period, which, of course, most Latina mothers would not condone. We do though. ; )

This one sits higher up in your vaginal canal (where a diaphragm might go), and it claims that it reduces cramps for up to 60% of users! That said, it is a much more expensive period to have since you can only use the disc (which holds up to 3 super tampons worth of blood) once.

9. Menstrual Tracker | $139

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So this is basically a fitbit for periods. It somehow is able to track your period, days of fertility, and will notify you on the app for when your next period is coming! That means you don’t have to play guesswork on which underwear to wear that day. It also tracks everything else that FitBit does.

In case your mami never told you, the wonders of womanhood include PMS.

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She probably didn’t warn you, but as soon as you get your period, any feeling you have will be blamed on PMS. It’s the most infuriating thing, pero no te preocupes. All your feelings are valid, and yes, sometimes they’re not right size because of all the crazy hormones your body is unleashing on you (y el mundo).

10. The PMS Package | $34.99

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And so, we offer you the PMS Package. The company promises to deliver you a package full of chocolate, bath bombs, tampax, and heat pads exactly when your PMS promises to hit you hardest. Next time you’re telling your mom about how you feel and she’s like, “bueno, have some chocolate then y ya,” you can tell her you already did y “que más se puede decirme?”

No matter what products you end up using to make your period more liveable, recuerde, there’s no shame in the game.

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If someone is having shame around their period or yours, that’s their problem, not yours. Let’s raise the next generation to be clear about what their needs are and proud to get them met.

Tell us your period stories!

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What products do you like to use? How did your mami impart her womanly wisdom on you? How will you tell your mijas? Tweet us @fiercebymitu with your stories hoy.

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