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22

OCT

2015

Given that the fall season is here with an abundance of pumpkin and sweet potato love, I would like to introduce a classic dessert that is near and dear to my heart, picarones. As a kid, my family and I use to go to the street vendors to eat these delicious morsels, as a Sunday…

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02

OCT

2015

  Some of the clients I see in my private practice feel overwhelmed by the challenge of incorporating into their daily eating all the fruits and vegetables I recommend. However, a good and simple way to start incorporating fruits and vegetables is by making smoothies. A smoothie isn’t some sugary drink full of just fruits…

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22

SEP

2015

Coffee is beneficial for giving a person energy to wake up and get things done. But how do you keep that energy? Well, by adding Peruvian maca, you can increase your energy while also sustaining your endurance to make it last throughout your morning. Ingredients 6 fluid ounces milk of choice (soy, almond, cow) 2 fluid…

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21

SEP

2015

This divine concoction was inspired by Café Ayllu, a longtime local favorite in Cuzco, where the coffee beans are roasted with orange peel and onion skins, then brewed up into a thick hot chocolate blend. We created our own version, skipping the onion skins. Ingredients 1 shot espresso 1 tablespoon cacao powder 1 teaspoon agave…

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16

SEP

2015

Yuca is a tuber that can be found anywhere in Latin America, making it one of the most iconic food staples. In recent studies, the phytochemicals, resveratrol and yuccaols, that are found in yuca have been shown to have antioxidant properties, linking them to cardiovascular disease prevention. Usually, you can find yuca prepared either boiled…

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15

SEP

2015

Pupusa is a classic staple from El Salvador, but it can also be seen in other countries such as Honduras and Guatemala. Originally made with corn flour and made into a disk, this dish is usually stuffed with ingredients like cheese or beans. Here, I decided to make the “dough” with a combination of corn…

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14

SEP

2015

Jicama is a crisp, white fleshed tuber that is enjoyed in Mexico and used in a variety of foods such as salads or as a potato substitute. Jicama’s great as a low carb, low calorie food item providing about 37% of your dietary fiber with only 9 grams of carbohydrates, all within a ¾ cup…

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10

SEP

2015

This pre-exercise shake is perfect for adding that extra boost of energy to your workout routine. The Peruvian maca acts as the energy booster, while the popped kiwicha provides complex carbohydrates and complete protein to keep you going. Aside from this shake, popped kiwicha is perfect as a snack or used as a gluten free, bread…

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06

SEP

2015

The avocado is a fruit the size of a small mango. It has a bumpy black skin that encases pale green “meat.” Many people consider this fruit a “good fat,” because it is packed with almost 20 essential nutrients and helps the body absorb more fat-soluble substances.  Although the avocado is originally from Central America,…

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