New Year’s Meatless Monday: Traditional New Year’s Dishes and Healthy Resolutions

Meatless_Monday_New_Year_Black_Eyed_Peas-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

Start the new year right by serving traditional foods believed to bring luck and make healthy resolutions. Growing up, I spent New Year’s Day with familia in Florida. My grandfather insisted we eat black-eyed peas to bring good luck. Cultures across the globe practice variations of this New Year‘s custom. Whether or not you believe in the […]

Christmas Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Latino Holiday Dishes

Christmas_Meatless_Monday_Vegetarian_Latino_Tamales-TheWiseLatinoClub-NatalieFierro

Christmas Day traditions including what time dinner is served and the dishes on the table vary between the U.S. and Latin America. Celebrate this diversity of cultures and add vegetarian options from countries across the Americas to your Christmas meal. When my husband and I spend Christmas with my family in Oklahoma, we start the festivities the morning of the 25th by opening […]

AUDIO on NPR: Not One Latino Children’s Author on New York Times’ Best of List

AUDIO_NPR_Not_One_Latino_Childrens_Author_on_New_York_Times_Best_of_List

Unfortunately, the New York Times not being able to find one children’s book written or illustrated by a Latino for it’s Notable Children’s Books of 2013 is not a surprise. This is not the first time. In fact, in the last ten years, the New York Times has only included one title written or illustrated by […]

Meatless Monday: Holiday Party Vegetarian Appetizers

Meatless_Monday_Vegetarian_Appetizers_Vegetable_Empanadas-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the frequent gatherings with friends and family over delicious food. Yet often when I attend receptions and parties, I am disappointed by how few vegetarian appetizers are available. Plan a delicious spread for everyone to enjoy at your next holiday fiesta and serve healthy vegetarian hors d’oeuvres. Meatless […]

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

Diabetes_Prevention_Tips_Vegetables-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike which over time can harm your heart, nerves, skin, mouth, kidneys, eyes, and feet, even causing […]

Meatless Monday: Moroccan Vegetable Couscous Recipe

Meatless_Monday_Vegetable_Moroccan_Couscous_Recipe-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

Don’t let the bustle of back-to-school season keep you from the important people in your life–make time to sit down and share a meal with your familia. For a sabroso family-style Meatless Monday, try one of my all-time favorite vegan dishes: Moroccan vegetable couscous. ¿Qué es couscous? This grain-like pasta is easy to prepare and […]

Feminista Friday: Confessions of a Next Gen Feminista

Women's Liberation March from Farragut Square to Lafayette Park, Washington D.C. (1970)

“Wow, you don’t look like a feminist.” I immediately look up from sipping my drink: “What do you mean?” I was barely tolerating the conversation and now found myself a bit intrigued. He did a nervous, quick scan of my look: “I don’t know; you seem pretty feminine. I mean, well, to be frank, you’re […]

Fitness: Slow Down and Focus with Hatha Yoga

Fitness_Hatha_Yoga_Breathe-TheWiseLatinaClub-NatalieFierro

The ancient practice of Hatha yoga helps me stop, breathe, and focus on one thing which runs contrary to my busy life as a modern day multi-tasker. Sound familiar? Racing to get everything done? This is reason número uno why we’re stressed, feeling burned out, and ironically, less productive. Often described as a gentle yoga class, hatha yoga features basic poses held for long periods of […]