National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meatless Monday: 4 Tips to Eat More Fruits and Veggies Every Day

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¿Did you know June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month? Celebrate by piling more of these delicious foods onto your plate! Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, yet most people do not eat enough. ¿How much should you be eating? The average person needs at least 2 […]

Fitness: 4 Reasons to Try Canoeing this Summer

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An Oklahoma native, I am no stranger to hot summer days. When temperatures rise, I stay motivated to move by choosing fun new activities that don’t feel like a workout. Last week when the thermostat hit 90, I moved my classroom to the canal where my students and I stayed cool and active canoeing. ¿Canoeing? ¿As […]

Film Friday: A Place Beyond the Pines, Starring Actress Eva Mendes

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At a time when we are still asking ourselves, if and when Latinas will ever be offered better acting roles, Eva Mendes has us believing Sí, Se Puede! in the film A Place Beyond the Pines (rated R). Mendes captivates as a woman conflicted by love and motherly duty in this film directed by Derek Cianfrance, delivering her best performance yet. Click below […]

“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if it gets to President Obama’s desk for signature? In the Senate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used […]

Education: ¡L4LL Launches Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program!

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It’s not often that an opinionated Latina is sshhhh–insert the sound of crickets on The Wise Latina Club–like I was last week. With my partner Monica Olivera in our education and literacy venture Latinas for Latino Literature, we launched our biggest project in our six months of existence: the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program! Other summer reading programs by recognizable giants in […]

Meatless Monday: Sauteed Broccoli and Asparagus Recipe

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What green veggie is always in my kitchen? Broccoli. ¿Por qué? This power food is not only tasty and packed with nutrients, its cancer-fighting properties made broccoli número uno on my Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods list.  ¿But did you know that this vegetable that normally is a side dish makes for a delicious and nutritious main course? […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Take a Hike

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Ever since walking in the woods as a girl scout, hiking has been one of my favorite fitness activities. You don’t need a 50 lb pack or mountain trails to participate in this sport. I love this definition from one of my 8th graders: “Hiking is taking a long walk because you want to.” This week, my students […]

Memorial Day Meatless Monday: Grill Out Vegetarian Style

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Cutting out meat from your diet doesn’t mean giving up the grill! This Memorial Day Meatless Monday, make sabroso grilled vegetables the central dish at your BBQ. My hubby is the grill master in our casa. He shares his tips for perfect grilled eggplant, asparagus, squash, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes: Roberto’s Grilled Vegetable Tips Prepare your grill at least 30 minutes before […]