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The Tamales You Should Eat According To Your Zodiac Sign

Look, we get it. You want to talk about the important things in life. Family, friends, and tamales. So we consulted the stars about the important stuff, and they revealed to us just what kind of tamal you would be if you were given the opportunity. Or, at least, the kind of tamales you should be eating.

We know: you can thank us later.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Instagram: @deitasmith

Aries, you know that your type of tamal would have to match the fire in your soul. It’s the very thing that powers your courageous, passionate personality. And your, uh, not-so-shining moments when you’re feeling a little short-tempered and aggressive.

Your tamal:

Instagram: @pacodeteran

 Yours is one spicy de puerco. If it’s not hot, it’s not your tamal, babe. You know that if other people can’t handle the heat, then they’re missing out on something really special.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Instagram: @_lacurvanaa

Taurus, the first thing you probably thought when you saw this zodiac was: really? You’re too practical to think of people in terms of tamales. That’s why we like you. When people say they like a Taurus, they’re saying that they like your reliability and your sense of stability. And they’re probably ignoring the fact that you can be stubborn as all hell, and a little uncompromising to boot. 

Your tamal:

Instagram: @mlisetcc

 Did someone say nacatamales? Because that’s you – it’s all you. People come for the groundedness of a nacatamal, and stay for the unexpected burst of delicious flavor, just like they do with you.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Instagram: @leleponsitalia_

We don’t mean to show up your significant other, Gemini, but we’ve got you pegged. You’re gentle and affectionate. But, you’re also a little pessimistic and insecure. Your kind of tamal is one that is just as mild-mannered, and doesn’t know just how good it actually is.

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @lacalendamex

Your tamal soulmate is de mole. A hella scrumptious one, that is. Part of what makes you so attractive is your flexibility in tastes and types, just like a good de mole tamal.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Instagram: @___kissmyash__

Cancer, we’re sure you already know why people are attracted to you. You’re in tune with your emotional side, and it shows. You can be tenacious and highly imaginative. Of course, people need to watch out for your more moody and manipulative self, too. Your kind of tamales mixes your best with … what could be better.

Your tamal:

Instagram: @senoritavegan

You now know why you have an affinity for rajas con queso. Any kind of sharper undertones are softened by a cheesy nature.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Instagram: @desisthename

When people think about a Leo, they’re thinking about your warm-hearted and cheerful nature. Although, it’s pretty hard to ignore your self-centredness and arrogance, sometimes. To be honest, it’s hard to ignore anything about you, Leo! You thrive on being the star of the show – whether that’s when you’re chilling with your numero uno, or discovering your tamal self.

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @alexis.soto.3323

The de pollo wasn’t just made for eating: it was made to be your star sign mascot. That amazing mix of flavors is exactly your personality, in tamal form.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Instagram: @roxxymayhem

Virgo, your loyalty and willingness to work hard are what draw people to you. Your kindness is what makes people stay around you. Sometimes though, you worry just a bit too much. Your kind of tamal is one that shows just how lovely you are. 

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @housetogove

Did you really believe that you were going to be paired with anything other than a Colombian bollos? It’s got that same down-to-earth feel to it that really shines through for you, when you’re at your best.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Instagram: @mfatimablanco

If someone had to describe you off the top of their head, they’d say that you’re cooperative, diplomatic, and you try to be as fair-minded as possible. But, they also know that you’re exactly the type of person to carry a grudge, too. You wouldn’t think that you could find these traits in a tamal, but you’d be wrong Libra.

Your tamal:

Instagram: @adilene_cossio

 If tamal could be a spirit animal, then de elote would be yours. Just like you, it’s a dish for everyone!

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Instagram: @supermicnanny

If you looked up “Scorpio” in a thesaurus, it would read like this: resourceful, brace, passionate, stubborn, distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent. And sure, it would clearly suck as a thesaurus, but would that make it any less accurate? Your kind of tamal is unexpectedly one hell of a snack, just like you.

Your tamal:

Instagram: @notasdeviajemx

You probably knew already why you were dreaming about chowing down on a little Mexican corundas, didn’t you, Scorpio? It’s small in size, but still packs a punch when it’s paired with the right masa.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

Instagram: @itzabernal

If you won a million dollars, Sagittarius, what would you do with it? You’d probably give away half of it, insult the three distant cousins who’d suddenly show up in your life, and pay for a semi-okay comedian to entertain you at dinner for a month. Because that’s your jam, and your kind of tamal would do exactly the same thing. If it was sentient, of course. 

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @tamaleexpress_reno

You know who’s all about the dulce tamales? You are. Just think about it: sweet, and filled with raisins, coconut, or whatever tickles your fancy.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

Instagram: @randomtandemduo

Capricorn, you’re the type of babe to watch Dance Moms and be more interested in how the kids are progressing over the mom-drama. And that’s why we love you. You’re responsible and disciplined … and a bit of a know-it-all. You tamal has that same sense of structure.

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @anasonmainst

Could it be anything other than the Chilean humitas? It looks pretty much the same as you do after a few drinks: wrapped in corn leaves, seasoned with basil and sometimes topped with a slice of tomato.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

Instagram: @cintyacontreras

If you’re not reading this from either a volunteering trip in the south of Nepal, or from the most hipster bar in town, are you even Aquarius-ing right? It’s okay, we love you for your progressiveness and individuality, even if you can be a little temperamental and uncompromising at times. Your tamales are all about finding that spice in your life.

Your tamal: 

Instagram: @triciasig

Repeat after us: paches, paches, paches. Did we mention paches? They’ve got a real irresistible burst of flavor from a mix of hot spices with either meat or vegetables, depending on whether you’re living on the vegetarian side of life.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Instagram: @anaronzvinkliene89

Pisces, in this world that can be too fast and too brutal for some, your emotional vulnerability is what’s so great about you. Some would say that your capacity to trust is a weakness, but let’s face it, shouldn’t we all be a bit more trusting? We trust you’ll like your tamal match, anyway.

Your tamal:

Instagram: @beastoakland

 With your personality, Pisces, you are definitely one for oaxaqueños. You don’t need any corn husks in your life, when you’ve got banana leaves! And, we’re sure that just like a good oaxaqueños, you’re stuffed with chicken and mole negro most the time, too.

Were you surprised by your tamal match, or were you already munching your way through your zodiac’s tamales? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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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


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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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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