Rise and Shine: 25 Nutritious Ingredients to Boost Your Morning Smoothie

Smoothies don’t have to be boring and predictable. If you find yourself juggling a career, housework, family life, friendships, and virtual classes and meetings all while trying to maintain a well-balanced diet, then this list of wholesome smoothie ingredients should come in handy. Smoothies are my go-to when I need something quick, nutritious, and filling to kickstart my day and hold me over until I have time for a proper meal. Having the right mix of ingredients at your disposal will help put an extra pep in your step and get you through your day, or at least through a few virtual Zoom meetings. 

To our salud,


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Grandma Lola’s Tacos Dorados with Ground Beef

Nothing calls to mind the memory of my late Grandma Lola like her famous tacos dorados prepared with ground beef. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes and yes – shredded cheddar cheese – anyone who was lucky enough to taste one of my grandma’s tacos would inevitably help themselves to at least six more. 

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Classic Sopa de Fideo Recipe + 5 Preparation Tips from the Pros

Now that the holiday season is over and we can all breathe a sigh of relief, I’m back in the kitchen and excited to share a classic recipe that is long overdue here on my blog. It’s one that I don’t make often enough and easy as it may seem to prepare, it does require some technique to get it just right.

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Lola’s Bilingual Book Club: The 12 Books I Read in 2020

By the end of each year my goal is to read (aka listen to) a minimum of one book per month and the majority of my 12 picks tend to include books by Latina and female authors. I am always on the hunt for good reads in Spanish, too. To close out 2020 I’m sharing this year’s reading list and am excited to get started on my new books in 2021. If you’d like to follow what I’m reading each month, be sure to sign up for my ¡Hola de Lola! newsletter

Wishing you all a relaxing New Year’s Eve and healthy 2021!

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Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros

I recently shared a recipe for my frijoles de la olla made in a slow cooker and was pleasantly surprised by how many people followed up letting me know that they made and loved them. This led me to believe that the 2021 Mexican food trends, which Cacique® uncovers by partnering with leading voices in the industry to predict What’s Next in Mexican Cuisine, are already in full effect and American kitchens have begun gravitating toward nostalgic homemade favorites, one-pot dishes, and the use of dry beans. Once again, I’ve partnered with Cacique® to share an easy recipe that embraces several of these trends to create a flavorful dish that requires minimal effort and is prepared in a slow cooker so that you can set it and forget it . . . until the aroma of freshly made beans envelopes the air. Read More…