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If You’re A Veggie Vigilante Then You Need To Be Following These Health Conscious Latinx Foodies

Latin culture is rich. Especially our food, which is getting back to its roots thanks to the growing trend of health conscious Latinxs. Here, some of our favorite veggie vigilantes you should consider following if you want to keep colonization out of your kitchen.

1. Gabriela Alvarez

Chef Gabriela Alvarez is the founder of Liberation Cuisine, a catering service that feeds the bellies of individuals and organizations working for social change. This Brooklyn-based puertorriqueña is using her culinary skills to effectively combat inequalities in the food system. When Alvarez isn’t creating memorable and sustainable food experiences for an impressive arsenal of organizations and events, she’s teaching cooking classes that highlight food as resiliency and honoring traditional preparation and practices.

Follow her Instagram: @chefgabrielaalvarez

2. Luz Calvo

Mexican author Luz Calvo, PhD, is a foodie force to be reckoned with. They co-wrote the hit cookbook “Decolonize Your Diet” with their partner, Catriona Rueda Esquibel. However, if that wasn’t enough to make them the patron saint of this current foodie movement, they are also a professor of ethnic studies at Cal State, teaching a course titled “Decolonize Your Diet: Food Justice in Communities of Color.”

Follow them on Instagram: @decolonizeyourdiet

3. Amy Quichiz & Mariah Bermeo

yeeeeeerrrrrr, was good yall. so this is Mariah & Amy from Brooklyn/Queens ?? mariah is currently a pescatarian and going through the journey of eating less fish but still maintaining a very heavy plant-biased lifestyle & amy is hella vegan. We decided to make this page because we both come from a working class environment where eating healthy was never taught to us. Throughout our separate journies, Mariah learned a lot about cooking and eating healthy through an internship in El Puente, where she dedicated her time to teach young students how to cook and a lot about food injustice. Overall, we became passionate about teaching our parents and communities about that variety of fruits and vegetables–to point where amy has influenced her parents to eat less meat in the house. This page is for us. For the ones that dont know how to tell their latinx parents they're gonna stop eating meats. For those that didn't know an eggplant exist (amy!). For those that want to make a difference and don't know how. Expect recipes, videos, and a lot of social justice work. So we heaaaaa–veggie mijas ?✨ #HealthyFood #Veganism #Vegetarianism #pescatarian #LatinxVegans #POCVegan #wocvoices #LatinasVegetarianas #ItsLit

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Veggie Mijas began with activist Amy Quichiz, who is Colombian-Peruvian, and Mariah, who is Ecuadorian. However, it is a rapidly growing community of other comida conscience mujerxs. Bringing food knowledge to the ‘hood is at the heart of this collective, which also just hosted a major vegan potluck in the Bronx, New York. Slide into their DMs to find out how you can contribute to the mijas’ mission. Trust us: this is the girl gang you want to be a part of.

Follow them on Instagram: @veggiemijas

4. Alexis Montoya

Alexis Montoya is the Puerto Rican-Peruvian creator of The Bronx Vegan, a page dedicated to showcasing vegan food and resources in the Bronx. Montoya offers up restaurant suggestions as well as recipes. She has also recently started collaborating with Veggie Mijas for a segment titled “Everybody Eats,” which features vegan fare from around the ‘hood.

Follow her on Instagram: @thebronxvegan

5. Jocelyn Ramirez

When Mexican-South American chef and founder of Todo Verde, Jocelyn Ramirez, noticed the inaccessibility to healthy food options in East LA, she was inspired to change that. From that inspiration, her catering and pop-up business serving plant-based Mexican favorites was born. The Todo Verde IG page is a rainbow of beautifully created dishes that leave us pining for a sunny weekend in East LA, enjoying one of her divine agua frescas.

Follow her on Instagram: @todoverde

6. Ysanet Batista & Merelis Catalina Ortiz

*cues* Estoy aquí, pero mi mente está allá ? Nostalgia cooks ya'll. Missing my homeland right now and grandmas espaguetis so found her recipe in an old journal. Made some replacements to make it gluten and dairy free, added some greens dique to have balance, and made a vegan Morir Soñando (a drink made of OJ, milk, and sugar). During those moments of cooking and eating this meal, the flavors transport me to warmth and love. || La nostalgia cocina. Extrañando mi isla en este momento y los espaguetis de mamá. Encontré su receta y me puse a inventar para hacerla vegana por qué la receta lleva queso y cubitos de sopita. La pasta es sin gluten de la marca @barilla. El cocinar y el comer te transporta a momentos llenos de calidez y amor. #wokefoods #alimentosconscientes #dominicanvegan

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Ysanet and Merelis are the Dominican “nutrition brujas” behind Woke Foods, a culinary cooperative focused on plant-based Dominican cuisine that is fighting for food justice in New York. Woke Foods provides catering and cooking classes that link the ancestral connection with the food we eat. Their page is filled with delectable Caribbean classics with a woke twist, like plant-based sancocho and vegan chicharron de pollo.

Follow them on Instagram: @wokefoods

7. Claudia Serrato

Claudia Serrato is the Indigenous Xicana behind Cocina Manakurhini, a catering company focused on preparing culturally memorable plant-based meals. Not only offering workshops and ancestral-themed dinners to the public, they also offer them to already established restaurant owners and chefs, with the intention to inspire more plant-based options in the wider community. If that doesn’t make Cocina Manakurhini impressive enough, they’re also known for crafting up some bomb tamales de cacao. Save us a plate, please!

Follow her on Instagram: @cocina_manakurhini

8. Valeria Velazquez Duenas

Valeria Velazquez Duenas is the chef behind Cocina House, a project that nourishes community with an emphasis on local California produce, native Mexican cuisine and traditional superfoods. She offers an array of community-based educational workshops, wellness retreats and specially catered events. Her IG page is bursting with photos of Mex-iconic staples, like plant-based pazole and purple potato huaraches.

Follow her on Instagram: @cocinahouse

9. Samantha Otero

Samantha Otero is a Puerto Rican plant-based nutrition consultant in New York. After years of battling health issues, she grew tired of playing the runaround with doctors and decided to switch to a raw, plant-based diet. Since then, Otero has continued to educate herself on nutrition and diet. She offers meal plans, diet resets and personal development coaching on her website, holisticsamantha.com.

Follow her on Instagram: @holisticsamantha

10. Cecilia Flores

Here’s a closer look at my dinner from last night, swipe for the full effect ?? I’ve been very into bowls lately Bowl 1: crispy rosemary, garlic, and turmeric potatoes, black beans with cumin and garlic, and sliced avocado Bowl 2: simple salad with mixed greens, tomato, and cucumber with a balsamic vinaigrette What are you all eating tonight?! _______________ Un vistazo de la cena de ayer! Desliza para ver los dos platos ?? estamos comiendo muchos “Buddha bowls” recientemente, nos encantan! Primer plato: papas crujientes hecho con romero, ajo, y cúrcuma, habichuela negra con comino y ajo, y aguacate Segundo plato: ensalada sencilla con lechuga, tomate, y pepino (el aderezo es vinagre balsámico) Y ustedes que comen hoy?!

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Cecilia, and her husband Ivannoe, are the plant-based power couple behind Coco Verde Vegan. With the birth of their unbelievably adorable baby girl, Ivanna, the couple became more conscious about the food they were consuming as a family. Not wanting to miss out on the Dominican favorites they grew up on, they decided to veg-ify the classic recipes and share them with the world. Their blog offers recipes, fitness and wellness advice, as well as meal plans. We also love that their site has the option to be viewed in English or Espanol. Viva la vegana!

Follow her on Instagram: @cocoverdevegan

Read: From Enfrijoladas To Conchas, This Mexicana Is Giving These Mexican Comfort Foods A Vegan Twist

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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time is the Instagram Content We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time is the Instagram Content We Didn’t Know We Needed

There are few things more delicioso than pan dulce. Whether it’s served with café con leche or grabbed as a quick breakfast indulgence, it really is the perfect treat. This variety of sweet bread has become a big part of the Latinidad.

When we’re talking pan dulce, conchas, puerquitos, orejas and empanadas are just a few of the mouthwatering options. No matter which sweet bread is your fav, you can relive your first taste over and over again with every fresh bite.

Thanks to social media, we can also see the adorableness that comes with baby’s first sweet bread. Hashtags like #BabysFirstConcha or #BabySweetBread are where to go to find cute pics of babies taking their first bites of sweet pan dulce.

Here are some super cute pictures of babies eating their first pan dulce.

1. Enjoy your matching concha, preciosa.

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Just like the color pink, conchas are perfect for every occasion. This little preciosa doesn’t hold back as she takes a mighty chomp out of her pan dulce. From the looks of it, this first bite won’t be her last. Enjoy, mija.

2. Matching concha costume = GOALS.

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Pan dulce-themed birthday parties are now a thing — and we really wish they were back when we were kids. What better way to celebrate your special day than to dress like your favorite food. That frosting-covered face confirms how awesome pan dulce birthdays can be.

3. You don’t need teeth to enjoy pan dulce.

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Not having teeth doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the goodness that is pan dulce. If you’re a babe taking your first bite, just working that sweet treat with the gums you’ve been given is good enough. Just imagine how much pan dulce this cutie will take down once he actually gets those baby teeth in.

4. Just a little nibble for now.

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While some babies might go mouth-first into their conchas, this little lady prefers to nibble. In her matching concha onesie, this sweetie is more proper with her first bite. However, once she gets a taste, there’s no doubt this little conchita will go pan dulce-crazy.

5. That smile says she knows this is going to be good.

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Look at the awe on her face. Look at that little grin. This baby knows she’s got something special in front of her. This pic was taken before the big chomp but that look on her face tells us it’s coming soon.

6. Nothing beats twinning with your pan dulce.

Instagram / @gr_twins

Can you really claim conchas are your favorite food if you don’t regularly dress up like them. Twinning with your favorite pan dulce is an awesome look no matter what day it is. Top it off with a concha cake and you’ve got a party.

7. Pan dulce: the perfect party food.

Instagram / @shopoliposa

Piñatas and decorations are all well and good, but a real party needs one more ingredient — pan dulce. This little lady knows what’s up as she snacks on her vanilla concha. What’s even better is the absolutely gorgeous photoshoot she had to immortalize her first bite.

8. If you are what you eat, eat lots of conchas

Instagram / @kaylaa_baylaa1

Have you ever seen a cuter conchita in your life? The answer is obviously no. This giggly little sweet bread is just as lovable as the pan dulce that she’s dressed as. Of course, her happy face could have something to do with all that colorful sugar.

9. Sweet like pan dulce.

Instagram / @madamemariposa

Those sweet, soulful eyes and that face buried into a soft concha are guaranteed to make you say, “Awwww.” This adorable shot doesn’t need any extra props or colorful backgrounds to make us swoon. If you don’t have baby fever yet, you probably do now.

10. Waiting for the sugar to kick in like…

Instagram / @normlone

Her face is telling us a lot. Namely that this little chula is lost in the flavor of her delicious pan dulce. We can admit that this state of pre-sugar high is super relatable. At least baby will be able to enjoy a nice nap after that sugar hits.

11. When you can’t wait to get home to start digging in.

Instagram / @aandylove

Sometimes you can’t wait to get home from the panderia before you start digging into the pan dulce. This sweetheart didn’t even wait to get out of her car seat to start snacking. Also, did anyone else notice that this concha is as big as her head? That’s a big project she’s working on.

12. Conchas are serious business.

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Although this little preciosa has a serious look on her face, those puffed out cheeks give away her secret. They’re stuffed with yummy concha. She’s obviously contemplating which piece of pan dulce she should take down next.

13. Go ahead and take a big bite, mija!

Instagram / @tres.marias.and.mama

For her “Coco”-themed birthday party, this little cutie has everything from flower crowns to guitars to complete that mood. Of course that means she also has the ultimate treat, pan dulce. We wonder if she waited to blow out the candles before she dug in.

14. We know that feeling, baby girl.

Instagram / @rlocreativedesign

That feeling when the pan dulce hits that sweet craving just right. This little cutie looks like she’s experiencing just a bit of euphoria with that first bite. The matching concha tee and pink tutu really complete this adorable look.

15. Her face says it all.

Instagram / @little_mia_sanchez

As perfect as pan dulce is, it’s also pretty messy. However, that mess is just proof that you’re thoroughly enjoying that sweet treat. This baby isn’t at all worried about the sugary mess on her face; she’s got her eyes on the prize.

16. Never too young for pan.

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While many babies have pan dulce parties for their first or second birthdays, this little lady just couldn’t wait. As a celebration for her nine month b-day, she not only had a taste of delicious pan dulce, she also had a little photoshoot to commemorate it. After all, you’re never too young for this sweetness.

17. Now that’s a mouthful!

Instagram / @truegrumpybaby

Some babies nibble, some take a practice bite before they jump in. This baby isn’t afraid to take the plunge and go at it with a big ol’ bite. We hope he approaches every challenge in his life with the same bravery and commitment.

18. La Princesa de Conchas.

Instagram / @concha_bunny

First of all, we LOVE this look. Secondly, this little princesa looks absolutely in love with that sweet bread. No doubt, this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between conchas and this little cutie pie.

19. The look of true love.

Instagram / @iscjuanita

This sweet smile can only mean one thing: this little one is in love with pan dulce. The sweet simplicity of her first bites is what this list is all about. It’s a reminder of what pan dulce is all about: sugar, bread, and all things good in this world.

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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

Hi, hello, thank you for taking a moment to take a seat at my Ted Talk!

I’d like to take the time we have together today to talk about the wonder that is Publix.

As many of you fortunate enough to live in the Southeast know, Publix is a Florida-based grocery store with all of the class.

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They’re a place known for their remarkable customer service and clean aisles. At Publix, shopping is literally a pleasure.

That’s right folks, this is a place of impeccable cleanliness and organization.

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At Publix, no corner is left unswept and no aisle left without the item you needed.

And their subs have been bringing people to tears circa 1930.

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If you haven’t had an Italian sub from Publix what what WHAT are you doing?

Guys! This place is so good that schools literally send students there for field trips.

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At Publix there’s so much to learn.

And their employees actually love working there!

And it’s probably because of their amazing benefits and vacation set up.

Recently a wave of Publix enthusiasts went viral for their devotion to the store’s key lime pie.

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An article by Buzzfeed boasted about the desserts greatness. And they were right.null

But KEY to the Publix experience has been the grocery chain’s dedication to Latino satisfaction.

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They literally have a STORE that focuses on Latinos called Sabor.

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The Southeastern-based store has run a line of Publix Sabor stores for years geared toward Florida’s Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latino shoppers. Recently they started to expand its offerings in heavily populated Latino populations with a Publix store called Sabor.

This place is the diggs guys! And they have all kinds of amazing foods to offer.

Like their commitment to the Cubano.

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Which for real will NEVER be good as your mother’s, but will always for real do everything to be top notch.

And their Tres Leches cake which is qualiT

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And this is a fact that FOR REAL any Latino in the Southeast knows to be true.

No but for real.

It’s a taste like no other.

And beyond Tres Leche you can count on Publix to STAY stocked on your mama’s favorites.

Literally feels like home at the Publix in Little Havana guys.

And they for real have the hookup.

Yes they do.

Now go forth into the world my people and enjoy your limp meals at Whole Foods and Safeway!


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