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Mi Blog Hispano: Estableciendo Metas

Estableciendo MetasMe encanta esta época de comienzo del año. En este tiempo estamos llenos de esperanzas y expectativas de que todo va a ser mejor y que vienen cosas nuevas. Enero es un mes de planificar esa dieta y estrategia para hacer ejercicios y lucir mejor. Es un mes para comenzar a ahorrar y planear como invertiremos nuestro tiempo y dinero. Es un mes de establecer metas, sueños y deseos…

He aprendido a lo largo de mi vida que es importante tener bien claras nuestras metas, si no lo hacemos no sabremos donde estamos, ni lo que queremos, ni lo que necesitamos para llegar a donde pretendemos llegar. Una meta es “el fin al que se dirigen las acciones o deseos de una persona, lo que se pretende conseguir”. Cuando tenemos claras nuestras metas, sentimos la motivación necesaria para ponernos en acción y luchar por hacerlas realidad.

Cuando establecemos nuestras metas y las colocamos en papel nos vamos a dar cuenta que de allí se van a desencadenar una serie de acontecimientos que nos van guiar a conseguir ese resultado final que esperamos, nuestras metas nos dirigen hacia el éxito.

Es importante que nuestras metas sean específicas, es decir, que sepamos describirlas con precisión. También que podamos medirlas en tiempo, en espacio, en cantidad ya que esto nos va a guiar y sabremos por donde vamos y cuanto nos falta por llegar. No se olviden que las metas deben ser posibles y realistas, pero que esto no te impida soñar… El cielo es el límite.

Yo creo firmemente en que poner los planes y metas en papel tiene el poder de hacer que muchos de ellos se hagan realidad. Desde hace muchísimos años tengo la tradición de comenzar el año con una gran lista de agradecimiento a Dios por ver realizadas muchas de mis metas y aprovecho de poner delante de Él, mi nueva lista de planes para que Él me ayude y me guíe en cada paso que debo tomar para alcanzar cada uno de estos nuevos objetivos.

Aquí les comparto la lista de las metas y propósitos  de año nuevo más comunes  de la gente:

  1. Bajar de peso
  2. Ir al gimnasio/hacer ejercicio/ir a correr/salir a caminar
  3. Dejar de fumar
  4. Dejar de ingerir bebidas alcohólicas
  5. Buscar trabajo/ascenso
  6. Ahorrar 30% de todos mis ingresos
  7. Pagar mis deudas
  8. Comprar/reparar casa
  9. Mejorar las calificaciones de la escuela o comenzar la universidad o la maestría.
  10. Prestar más tiempo a mi pareja
  11. Aprender a ejecutar un instrumento musical/aprender otro idioma
  12. Leer más y mejores libros
  13. Planificar vacaciones
  14. Colaborar más con el prójimo
  15. Ser mejor persona cada día
  16. Dedicarle más tiempo a mis hijos y mi cónyuge
  17. Comer más saludablemente
  18. Ser más espiritual
  19. Ser más positivo cada día
  20. Escribir un diario

En esa lista están la mayoría de mis metas tambien y planes para el 2015 (no todos…), debo recordar que ese es sólo el comienzo y que en cada una de las metas que me proponga debo figurar cada paso que debo tomar para alcanzarlas y medir el tiempo que esto se tomará. Les deseo muchas bendiciones para este nuevo año que comienza y mis oraciones son para que puedan alcanzar todo lo que se propongan.

Healthy Living: Simple Salad

Simple SaladWhen I was grocery shopping this weekend, I was buying all the fixings for a large, elaborate garden salad when I realized that I’m really the only one in my family who eats the whole thing. My boys pick out the parts they like and leave bright green spinach leaves lonely on the plate.

I decided just to simplify. I still bought the spinach because I eat it with scrambled egg whites in the mornings, but I also got some dark green cucumbers and the last of the season’s Roma tomatoes, bright red gems with juicy centers, firm flesh and that bright, earthy taste I miss so much during the winter.

I chopped and diced, and that was that, salad.

To serve, I sprinkled with sea salt and pepper then drizzled with red wine vinegar.

The boys loved it.

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which is essential this time of year. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The two together make for a tasty side dish and a power-packed snack.

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Product Talk: Tyson Premium Cornish Hens

Tyson Premium Cornish HensThis year, I cooked for a crowd on Thanksgiving. However, it’s just been me and a friend, or me and the boys in past years. Same with Christmas.

Cooking for two or three is vastly different from cooking for a crowd, and in previous years, I’ve had enough turkey left from holiday meals to feed malnourished children in third world countries for a week. It’s hard to use that many leftovers.

Recently, I was shopping the frozen foods aisle at Brookshire’s, and I saw Tyson Premium Cornish Hens.

They are the PERFECT size for a festive meal for a small group, and they can be used just like you would a turkey or roast chicken. Hens are also flavorful and juicy with very little preparation required.

The Tyson twin-pack of Cornish hens is 100 percent natural with no hormones or artificial ingredients. Each Cornish hen is individually bagged to protect the product from frost or freezer burn.

Tyson recommends seasoning them with salt and pepper, and basting with butter while they roast for about an hour. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

You can serve them like turkey with dressing on the side, and make an impressive main dish for someone special this holiday season.

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Dine In: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

It’s party season!

Friday nights are full of festivities these days, and nights in with jammies have transformed into the holiday social scene of nights out, fabulous friends and delicious food.

Finger foods are so much fun for holiday parties and outings, but I tend to like something more substantial than cheese trays and crackers.

These chicken bites are the perfect party food. If the party is at your house, you can make them ahead, bake them at the last minute and serve them sizzling. If the party is at someone else’s house, you can still make them ahead and they transport perfectly. I’ve even frozen these and baked them right before I needed them.

The appeal of this recipe, to me, is the duality of the flavors. I love the sweet and spicy mixed together.

So, if you have a party on the horizon, consider these delicious morsels.

One recipe serves about 15, so I usually double it. Guests can’t eat just one!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps
Serves 15

1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 1/2 lb bacon
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Mix well.

If using thick bacon, thin out with the back edge of a chef knife. Cut the bacon in half, roll around the chicken cubes and secure with a toothpick.

Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Prepare baking sheet with aluminum foil and a rack, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Roll the chicken pieces in the brown sugar mixture. Be sure to pack some in the ends. Place on the rack.

Bake until golden-brown, about 35 minutes. Cover with foil on a heavy dish to keep warm until served.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 321, Calories from Fat: 197, Fat: 22 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 84 mg, Sodium: 1091 mg, Potassium: 369 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Family Matters: Enfagrow is Great for Toddlers

Enfagrow is great for toddlersI could write blog post after blog post about how my kids were awful eaters as toddlers. In fact, I think I have. I did everything from making homemade baby and toddler food to sneaking pureed carrots and broccoli into pancakes.

Something that would have given me peace of mind is Enfagrow.

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step Powder is specifically formulated for toddlers 1-3 years old to help ensure they get good nutrition when they won’t eat anything but applesauce and cheese toast (true story).

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step Powder includes DHA and iron, building blocks of brain development. It also is fortified with calcium, vitamin D, zinc and 19 other nutrients to help support growth and development. In addition, the Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend is designed to help support digestive health.

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step is available in natural milk or vanilla flavors to drink plain or mix into a smoothie with broccoli and carrots…just kidding…with fruits and veggies your toddler might love.

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Family Matters: Infant Reflexes

Infant ReflexesWhen my first son was born, I thought one of the cutest things he did was throw his arm back with his hand wide open, like he was grabbing for me.

Then, some nurse spoiled all my enjoyment and said ALL babies did that. She called it the “startle reflex.” Then, my mom, who has a medical background, told me it was called the tonic neck reflex. Infants are born with different reflexes, and even though they might look awkward, they are perfectly normal.

The tonic neck reflex occurs when baby’s head, when he is relaxed and lying face up, is moved to the side. The arm on the side where the head is facing reaches away from the body with the hand partly open. The arm on the side away from the face is flexed, and the fist is clenched tightly. Turning the baby’s face in the other direction reverses the position. This is sometimes called the “startle” reflex, and you’ll see it from birth through the early weeks.

The truncal incurvation or galant reflex occurs when the side of the infant’s spine is stroked or tapped while baby lies on the stomach. The infant will twitch his or her hips toward the touch in a dancing movement. (Remember Dancing Baby of the viral Internet video?)

The grasp reflex is when you place your finger or another object in the baby’s palm. Their hand will close around the finger. Trying to remove the finger causes the grip to tighten. Newborns have strong grasps and can almost be lifted up if both hands are grasping your fingers. How many times have you seen proud papas post about how strong their offspring is at birth?

The rooting reflex helps baby feed. This reflex happens when you stroke baby’s cheek. The infant will turn toward the side that was stroked and begin to make sucking motions.

Finally, the parachute reflex occurs in slightly older infants when the child is held upright and the baby’s body is rotated quickly to face forward (like he’s falling). The baby will extend his arms forward as if to break a fall, even though this reflex appears long before the baby walks. If you try this at home, please don’t drop baby.

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Family Matters: Private Label Diapers

Brookshire’s DiapersLet’s face it: no one wants to sink a lot of money into diapers.

If baby is healthy, they’ll wet and/or dirty about 12 diapers a day. That’s one every two hours. In addition, you KNOW a sort of Murphy’s law goes into effect when you change a wet diaper. Once the clean one is on, baby goes No. 2. It almost never fails.

Point being, you’ll go through thousands of diapers in your baby’s childhood.

Private label diapers are the answer to your prayers.

Brookshire’s Diapers are the same high-quality diapers that the name brands promote but much more economical.

Made of the best materials that won’t irritate baby’s skin, Brookshire’s brand diapers swaddle your baby’s bum in the gentlest of manners, while protecting him from leaks and wetness.

You’ll spend less money, while baby is just as happy. Win/win.

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Shop the Sale: Angus Beef Poppers

Jalapeño Beef Poppers“I made the best dinner on Sunday,” my friend, Jen, exclaimed at work on Monday morning.

“What was it,” I demanded, determined to find out so I could make it myself.

“Um…these ball things….with ground meat….” she stammered.

I think she was trying to keep the recipe a secret.

When I finally pried it out of her, it sounded a lot like these, from the Certified Angus Beef board.

Angus beef is from an Angus cow and evaluated using the brand’s 10 specifications for marbling, size and uniformity. Angus ground chuck is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so take advantage of the sale on this premium grade of beef to go ahead and stock up.

Jen said she stuffed her meat mixture INTO jalapeno peppers, but this sounds a lot easier (and faster).

The honey lime crème fraiche sounds delicious, but you could dip them in almost anything – ranch, honey mustard, buffalo, barbecue or hot mustard sauces.

Jalapeño Beef Poppers

2 lbs angus beef ground chuck
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp whole mustard seeds
12 eggs
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Frying oil as needed
Dipping sauce — see Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

Combine ground beef, cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl. Portion by hand into 42 “popper” shape balls, approximately 1-ounce each.

Crack and whisk eggs; put in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.

Prepare a pot with frying oil; heat to 325° F. Roll poppers in egg mix, 6-8 at a time, roll in bread crumbs; repeat. Deep fry 4 minutes in batches. Allow to dry on paper towels; serve warm with Honey Lime Crème Fraiche for dipping.

Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

8 oz sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced cilantro

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with Jalapeño Beef Poppers.

Yields 42

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 128, Calories from Fat: 76, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 287 mg, Potassium: 37 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 0.6 g, Protein: 8 g

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Company News: Brookshire’s, Kellogg donate $10K in milk to food banks

TYLER, Texas, Dec. 2, 2014 – Brookshire’s and Kellogg recently teamed up to donate $10,000 worth of milk to Feeding America member food banks that serve communities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

From Sept. 17 – 23, for every three Kellogg-brand items purchased, Brookshire’s donated one gallon of milk to a local food bank in its market area. More than 2,200 gallons were donated to five food banks: East Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Harvest Texarkana Food Pantry, Northwest Louisiana Food Bank and Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.

The promotion was part of The Great American Milk Drive, the first nationwide program to deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. Milk is one of the most requested items by food banks, but it is rarely donated, leaving many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients.

To date, nearly 200,000 gallons of milk have been donated through The Great American Milk Drive to Feeding America food banks throughout the United States, including a combined 6,700 gallons in Brookshire’s tri-state operating area.

“With 1 in 6 Americans impacted by hunger, we understand the importance of providing food for families in need, especially perishable goods like milk that aren’t often donated,” said Rick Rayford, Brookshire Grocery Co. president and CEO. “We were happy to partner with Kellogg to offer support to several food banks in our communities.”

For more information on The Great American Food Drive, visit A list of Feeding America member food banks can be found at

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Healthy Living: Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

Slow Cooker Lean, Clean ChiliI find it more difficult to be healthy during the colder months.

Well-protected by a camouflaging layer of sweaters, jackets and scarves, it’s easy to curl up by the fire and fantasize about cinnamon rolls, baked potato soup, chicken and dumplings, cheesy lasagna and warm apple pie.

However, those aren’t always the healthiest options and can easily result in layers of fat camouflaging lean muscle mass!

It’s often easy to slim down your favorite recipes, like the slow cooker chili. The recipe calls for lean ground beef. I honestly prefer the turkey and have even used ground chicken as well.

One of the keys to this recipe is making sure you drain the fat from the meat, no matter how lean, before adding it to the slow cooker. You won’t have a lot, but it will save calories and fat.

You can also use organic canned beans and tomatoes, if available.

I’ve found this is actually better the second day, so double the recipe if you want an abundance of delicious leftovers.

Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

1 large onion, chopped
2 small green bell peppers, chopped
olive oil cooking spray
1 lb extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tbs tomato paste
2 cups water
2 tsp chili powder

Add chopped onions and green peppers to medium-sized pan sprayed with olive oil spray, and cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft. Add ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until beef is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Drain any fat.

Add beef mixture to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Cook on high setting for 4 hours or low setting for 6-8 hours.

Serve with plain non-fat Greek yogurt.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 694, Calories from Fat: 56, Fat: 6 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 43 mg, Sodium: 343 mg, Potassium: 2957 mg, Carbohydrates: 110 g, Fiber: 28 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 51 g.

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