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Mother’s Day

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In my experience, it seems moms have this way of intuitively knowing the struggles we are facing even when we don’t tell them. They have a way of recognizing how our personality and behaviors may influence any challenges we will endure in our lives. Despite what I thought, my mom always knew what I was experiencing even when I didn’t want her to know, or tried to hide it. So, her advice always came at a timely moment. She tried to explain things to me so the shock of any struggle would be less. She was doing her best to prepare me for this world. It’s one of the many difficult roles a mother has. It’s a part of the mother’s job I’m still learning with my own children. Yesterday in the spirit of Mother’s Day, I was surrounded by mommies who continuously inspire and teach me how to be this to my children. It was beautifully moving and I was content.

And of course, there is my own mother. The one who’s known me since I was in her womb. I hugged her and in that moment I wanted her to know and feel how much she means to me. So I hugged her tighter. As she held me I cried because suddenly I was filled with emotion and deep gratitude for everything she’s done, all she’s sacrificed and everything she’s taught me. Not everyone is blessed with loving, generous and compassionate mothers. Mine is all that and more.

I’m thankful, blessed and moved by her existence. I’m lucky to be able to take all she’s taught me and put it into raising my children.
So, thank you mommy. I love you more than I can put into words.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mommies!

Chicken Enchiladas con Rajitas 

My mother in law taught me how to make this yesterday and my life has changed! This is a great recipe if you have leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken. It can even be made vegetarian using cheese in place of chicken! It’s delicious both ways! Oh and it’s definitely healthier than eating from a restaurant, or using canned sauce. The sauce texture isn’t really smooth, but personally I like it better. Flavor is on point and you know it’s all from real food.

Enjoy!

img_0291-1INGREDIENTS for Sauce: 

3 Roma tomatoes

3 garlic cloves

1/2 onion

Salt

Pepper

Pinch cumin

INSTRUCTIONS:

Roast tomatoes and onion and blend–don’t peel the skin of the tomatoes before. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and blend with the tomatoes. Once everything is blended, pour into the pan and warm. You will use this when ready to prepare tortillas.

In a separate pan, boil 1/2 cup oil on medium heat. This should be enough oil to fry tortillas. When oil is boiling, gently slide the tortilla into oil and flip until both sides are to desired crispy-ness.

Transfer tortilla into the sauce and cover both sides. You don’t have to use too much sauce because the tortillas will have enough flavor. You can decide how much sauce you’d like. Design your dish to your liking!

CAUTION! Be sure you use 2 different tongs- one for the sauce and one for the oil. If you put the tongs you used for the sauce into the pan of boiling oil, the oil could pop back up and splash you. Hot oil in your eyes, face, or on your skin ain’t cool. So be careful! ALSO if you have left over oil, which you probably will, save it and use it for something else! No point in wasting!

Once tortillas are prepared, place chicken already cooked and shredded inside and roll it! For the chicken, you can shred and warm up in a pan using a little of the sauce to give them more flavor. I highly recommend this!

To serve, cover with toppings of choice like lettuce and sliced bell pepper. Maybe even some queso fresco, or queso cotija.

INGREDIENTS for Rajitas: 

2 poblano chiles

1/2 onion

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Roast poblanos on the stove. Once roasted, putchiles in a bag and let them sweat. Peel the skin, slice and remove seeds. Put into pan with sliced onion with a just a drop of olive oil. Turn off the pan when onions are ready and add crema (sour cream) of choice. Mix in the warm pan and use as a side dish.

¡Buen provecho!

My Seriously Good Morning Habit That May Benefit You Too

Recently, I was given several nutrition tips from my wonderful mother in law. No, she’s not a nutritionist, nor am I, but she has lived, learned and understands how to design a balanced and healthy diet. She has given me many health tips over the years in order to help the body using natural remedies. Since I’ve started to apply her advice using this morning routine, I have noticed a major difference. 

First of all, I wasn’t aware my body was trying to communicate to me I was lacking something in my diet until I started this morning ritual. My ultimate goal has always been to maintain balance with my nutrition while also making sure I live a little! Gotta “treat yo self” once in awhile! Ultimately, I strive to make sure my body takes what it needs from food and gets rid of what it doesn’t in order to prevent overeating, feeling deprived, and having low energy. As a mom of three, I definitely need to feel healthy, happy and have lots of energy! This habit is becoming a tool I use to achieve that. 

Leading up to starting this, it occurred to me I don’t have a gallbladder anymore and it got me thinking whether or not that was impacting my body. It was removed many years ago and I never considered it might be affecting me. Then I realized I do face annoying stomach and digestion discomfort from time to time and began to wonder if it may be due to this. So, per mama in law’s advice, I now avoid eating certain foods after 6pm. This way I prevent stomach issues and sleep better. To accomplish this with ease, I’m making sure I eat good throughout the day–all beginning with this morning routine.

4 things I do before eating any big meal daily:

  1. Drink a hot cup of water. Some people do this with apple cider vinegar– which I’ve tried and it has its purpose, but even a trick as simple as just drinking hot water before you eat in the morning is definitely beneficial. 

    Hot water
    “Mommy needs sleep.” Got this cup after my first son was born as a gift from my mother in law. Still true! 🙂 
  2. Small cup (2 tbs) oatmeal. I like to use old fashioned or rolled oats. Just take the hot water pour some over and cover. I like to let it cook while I drink my water. I sometimes add honey, or just eat it plain. And some days, when I’m craving it, I add a little peanut butter to sweeten. Depends on my mood. The main thing is not over do it, but to get just enough.

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    “Let all that you do be done with Love”.  ❤
  3.  1/2 or 1/4 of a small banana. Simple. Bananas are great to have in the morning. Plus they’re delicious!
  4. Lastly, about 2 tbs yogurt with a little honey. Sometimes I add the banana into it. Sometimes chia seeds on top too– because, well, that’s just amazing. 
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Here, I added my banana and chia seeds to my yogurt. So yummy! 

After I have given my body these things, I wait until I start getting hungry and maybe if I feel it’s too soon to eat a big meal, I eat an orange, or 1/2 grapefruit. Once I’m really hungry I make a hearty brunch and if I haven’t already, I eat my citrus along with it so I can get some vitamin C!

Also, I don’t drink my coffee on an empty stomach–cold brew of course because I have basic bitch tendencies. Holla! Also, I typically have my coffee with my brunch or a little before, but never without having food in my stomach. Personally, coffee before food never ends well for my digestive system. Some of you may know what I’m talking about. I have great stories about this and I’ll share at some point on here!

Regardless, by simply doing this I can physically and mentally feel a difference. When I stick to this routine, I have improved energy in my day, think clearer no matter how much sleep I get and my stomach doesn’t face discomfort anymore. Yay! 

I don’t always make the oatmeal or yogurt exactly the same. I sometimes change it up to something similar, like maybe a bowl of cereal. The main object is to avoid overeating a certain food group by having a little bit of everything good to get the body and mind going. 

Despite this, each day brings its own set of challenges so not everyday starts the same– especially with kids. Before all else, however, I definitely make sure and stick to having hot water first thing and a cup of hot water before bed. Even just adding that to your day (hot water in the morning and before bed) you should feel a difference. Again, I’m not a nutritionist– just want to be sure I state that clarification before anyone yells at me in a message using all caps. Don’t make me cry! I love you. Xoxo

Lets remember, no body is the same since each has varying needs. Try to find what works for you and focus on being as consistent as possible. A little mindfulness and discipline go a long way in maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. If you give this a try, let us know how it works for you!