Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

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Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia’s Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce. These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion. Natalie’s Patacones Recipe Ingredientes 2 green plantains vegetable oil for frying salt to taste Instrucciones Peel plantains and cut into 1 […]

On Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show for L4LL’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

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At Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL), the literacy and education organization I co-founded, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story to a bigger part of el pueblo, well, that just means more people will have […]

Tour de France Fitness: 4 Tips for a Successful Spinning Class

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As Tour de France cyclists enter the final stage of the 2,115 mile bike race around France this weekend, celebrate their achievement by giving it your all at spinning class. ¿Qué? What is spinning class? Spinning is a group fitness class on stationary bikes. An instructor leads a 45-60 minute cardio routine that works glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, making it a great way to burn calories […]

Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

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In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille. July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and democracy. Celebrate by turning up your Les Misérables soundtrack and preparing this easy vegetarian French recipe. Natalie’s French Ratatouille Recipe […]

Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

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Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building routine circuit training which I describe in Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training. How does it […]

L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration Closes 7/14!

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It’s been a little shhhh this week on The Wise Latina Club. For those who don’t know, the literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) started the first, online, nationwide Latino children’s summer reading program, currently underway. This project was born in our hearts with demands, benchmarks, and deadlines that have consumed my […]

Meatless Monday: Argentine Chimichurri Recipe

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In early celebration of Argentina’s Independence Day July 9, I’m featuring chimichurri on my plate this Meatless Monday. ¿Qué? ¿Isn’t chimichurri an Argentine sauce for meat? Sí, this colorful salsa is used in Argentina primarily to flavor grilled meat, but vegetarians and vegans can still enjoy its powerful sabor: chimichurri is delicioso on grilled vegetables. Argentine Chumichurri Recipe Ingredientes 1 bunch […]