Citrus Mango Guacamole

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It’s no surprise I’m always looking to find or create nutritious meals for our little family of four all year round. And thanks to our beautiful state of California, we’ve been fortunate enough to have a large selection of fresh produce all year round. But we’ve been especially spoiled with the abundance of an amazing fruit our family calls Aguacates (Avocados). We absolutely love Avocados From Mexico and add them into as many family homemade meals as we can. Because they’re always fresh, always delicious, and always in season.

And speaking of avocados, did you know most of our avocados actually come from Mexico? “Mexico is the world’s largest producer of Hass avocados. The state of Michoacán in west-central Mexico is where 85 percent of Mexico’s avocados are produced.” And in Michoacán, “the secret ingredient is volcanoes. Yes, volcanoes. There are 1,350 volcanoes in this Mexican state. Over the course of millions of years, their eruptions have produced an incredibly rich soil that fuels the growth of the avocado trees.” —Avocados From Mexico

Now that you know where most of the world’s avocados come from, let’s talk about some of the benefits of eating them. Aside from the fact that Avocados From Mexico are delicious and nutritious, they also have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. That’s the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit. And one-third of a medium avocado has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. They’re also a great substitute for foods rich in saturated fat or added sugars due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content. Be sure to stop by Vida Aguacate to read additional information on the benefits of eating avocados.

And just in time for all your spring and summer family gatherings; we’re sharing our favorite delicious guacamole recipe made with Avocados From Mexico. A perfect way to elevate go-to dishes into nutritious meals. But make no mistake, this guacamole is not your ordinary appetizer/ side dish. It’s bright, contains good fats and nutrients and has a sweet and tangy twist to it. We simply add a Meyer lemon from our abuelitos (grandparents) Meyer lemon tree. These lemons are a cross between a true lemon and either a mandarin or orange. But the best part about this recipe is that our kids enjoy spending time with their great-grandparents picking Meyer lemons from their tree in their backyard. Just as I did when I was their age. A family tradition we hope to continue for all the years to come.

CITRUS MANGO GUACAMOLE

INGREDIENTS

1 Ripe Mango

5 Ripe Avocados From Mexico

1 Jalapeño

1/2 Meyer Lemon

¼ cup Red Onion

¼ cup Cilantro

Dash of Salt & Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl (preferably one that has a lid), add the chopped red onion and the lemon juice from half a Meyer lemon. Cover with lid and place in your refrigerator overnight. This will cook the onion and give it a sweet tangy taste. If you’re in a hurry and can not let it sit overnight, no worries. Just chop the red onion and add the lemon juice to it first. Then proceed with the rest of the directions so that the onion has as much time to absorb the lemon juice.

Mince the Jalapeño. If you don’t like your food too spicy simply slice the jalapeño and make sure you remove all the seeds.

Chop avocados, mango and cilantro.

Add avocado, mango, cilantro and jalapeño into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper for taste. And lastly, add in the red onion along with the lemon juice the onion was sitting in. Fold in the ingredients. ¡Y listo!

And today, we’re beyond excited to share that we’ve teamed up with Avocados From Mexico on an awesome sweepstakes. Be sure to enter here.

#EchaleVidaSweepstakes (5/16 to 6/27)

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

5 Healthy Kid Snacks For On-The-Go

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Let’s face it. Once the little ones get a bite of something extra sugary it’s pretty much game over for vegetables or anything super healthy for that matter, right? And to be completely honest, if my girls had it their way, they’d live off of cookies, ice cream and all things sugar. But rather than just caving in and letting them eat unhealthy snacks all the time, I’ve been on the hunt to find snack options that are on the healthier side or provide some sort of health benefit. So today I’m sharing my top 5 healthy kid snacks for on-the-go

Clearly fresh fruits are probably the best choice when it comes to kid-approved healthy snacks but, if you’re on-the-go, there’s little time to wash, cut, dice or even peel things for your kiddos. And the last thing you need is to carry around a cooler to keep it all cold and fresh more so when the temperatures rise. Or even worse,  just thinking about the mess kids make while eating say, blueberries.   

So what about handing them dried fruits? Well, although they are less messy and yummy, they, believe it or not, contain tons of added sugar?! Plus they’re so hard for our kids bodies to digest. According to The Dry Facts On Dried Food by Cindi O’Meara, “For these foods to be properly digested and assimilated by our bodies, it’s important to add water. If water isn’t added before you eat dried fruit, then your body has to add the water when the fruit reaches your stomach. This can dehydrate the body, and means by the time the dried fruit has become a real food again, it’s already on its way out of your body before it can do any good.”

Freeze-Dried Organic Fruit

Instead, go with organic freeze-dried fruits with no additives. We love Organic Little Duck’s freeze dried strawberry-mango. And at $2.99 a bag you can’t go wrong. Check out all their delicious flavors HERE.

Veggie Chips

Most kids love chips so find some that actually have real vegetable ingredients in them or better yet make your own! Baked Organic Sweet Potato chips are our favorite. These chips are loaded with vitamins A, B6, C, D and iron. Simply cut sweet potato into thin slices. Arrange slices in a single layer onto a cookie sheet. Spray a little extra-virgin olive oil (or coconut oil). Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. Be sure to turn them around half way so that both sides get crispy. Sprinkle a little sea salt or Tajin, place them into ziplock bags and grab as you go!

And if you don’t have time to bake, or your littles are still learning to chew, check out the Inner Peas from Trader Joe’s. They’re also a healthier alternative to regular chips as they have whole green peas in them. And fair warning, these are highly addicting! 

Organic Freeze Dried Yogurt 

A good option instead of the portable yogurt tubes which can get messy and are loaded with additional sugar. Our kiddos both love Happy Baby Organic Yogis Freeze-Dried Yogurt, Mixed Berry. These yogis are gluten-free and have probiotics to help maintain digestive health.

PB

We love peanut butter like crazy over here but the mess the kids make with it, not so much. These portable, on-the-go pb cups are perfect for little fingers to snack on everywhere you go. If you’re little ones are not allergic to peanuts, or nut spreads, I suggest pairing these cups with freeze-dried apple slices (we buy Comforts For Baby Apple and Asian Pear Crisps at our local Ralph’s for 99 cents a bag) or small pieces of sandwich bread.


Probiotic Snacks

Little Duck Organics offers gummies and fig bars that contain probiotics, fruits and vegetables. How amazing is that? Both my girls love snacking on them and even think they’re cookies and candy. It’s a win-win all around!

Here’s to finding healthier kid snacks! 😉

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys


The Cutest Denim Jumpsuit For Spring

Lately, I’ve been adding fun and trendy new pieces to my Spring wardrobe. Starting with this adorable ruffle denim jumpsuit from the Fashion Seekers Boutique. I absolutely love that it’s so soft and comfortable. I can certainly chase after my little nuggets all day long or even dress it up for a hot date with the Mister. Talk about versatility, right?

And I’m beyond excited to share that I’ve teamed up with my sweet mama friend Maria, owner of  Fashion Seekers Boutique to share how you can style this jumpsuit 3 different ways. But before we dive right on in, let me let you in on a little secret. Maria is a mom to an adorable toddler, works full-time, blogs and just so happens to also own her own boutique. Whoa! This lady is the true definition of a #bossmom. Let’s all show some love to this hard-working mama by checking out all her super affordable and trendy items that are currently up for sale on her site. Including this jumpsuit for only $34.  #womenempoweringwomen

How To Style A Denim Jumpsuit For Spring

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

3 Cute Rompers/Jumpsuits Under $6

Warmer weather is upon us and it’s time to find all the cutest rompers for the little nuggets to wear this season. But don’t worry, we’ve found three that we’re currently obsessing over and just so happen to be all under $6. Yes, you read that correctly, under $6!! Now how’s that for an amazing deal?!

Let’s Taco Bout It $4.99

Love that this jumpsuit is unisex and made with a super soft cotton material. It’s also available for newborns – 2 yrs.

Pretty In Plaid $5.39

This is just darling all around and for the price, you really can’t beat it. It also comes with the matching head bow.

Snow White Lace $4.99

Lexi has received so many compliments with this romper. It’s just overall THE cutest little thing ever. Go go grab one before they sell out!!

Happy Shopping!

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

Día de los Niños-Easter-Cheerios Bars

April is a busy month for us. Family birthday parties, double spring break (one for papi and one for our little kindergartner), Easter, and El Día del Niño. Some of you might be wondering what exactly that last one is. Well, we’d love to share.

“Children’s Day (El Día Del Niño) is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30. Children are recognized as an important part of society so the day focuses on the importance of loving, accepting and appreciating children.” — Timeanddate.com
This holiday is reserved for our kids to create something artsy (so that mamá can hang/frame), have a picnic outdoors and cook/bake something sweet of their choice. Well since Easter is so close to this holiday, Mia insisted that we make bunny and egg-shaped treats this year. So we’re mixing the two and celebrating both holidays all month long because why not, right?

And today, we’re super excited to share that we’ve partnered up with General Mills to celebrate Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) by creating a Cheerios recipe. It’s easy peasy to make, and tasty for all those sweet kiddos in your life. And as mentioned, also perfect for Easter as it has all the cute pastel chocolate colors and bunny/egg shapes.

Día de los Niños-Easter-Cheerios Bars

Día de los Niños-Easter-Cheerios Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup PB
  • 2 tsp cup coconut oil *
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 1/4 cup mini pastel colored choclates

Instructions

  1. Line pan with parchment paper.
  2. In saucepan add 1 tsp coconut oil and 1/2 cup pb set on low heat. Be careful not to let the pan get too hot as it will burn the coconut oil. Mix for 1-2 mintues or until mixture turns into liquid. Pour mixture into pan with lined paper. Spread evenly. Regrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. In saucepan add 1 tsp coconut oil and 1/2 cup pb set on low heat.
  4. Add Cheerios and chocolate into a large mixing bowl. Pour liquid mixture into mixing bowl and mix all ingredients.
  5. Remove pan from refrigerator. Add cheerios mixture over the pb and coconut oil
  6. Note: A pastry roller will help to firmly and evenly packed down the mixture so the bars hold their shape.
  7. Freeze for about 30 minutes to 1 hour
  8. Use Easter cookie cutters to cut out Easter Cheerios Bars.
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Watch the video below to see Mia’s YouTube debut!

Find additional recipe ideas and coupons HERE!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys