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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time where we all should take a moment to check in with ourselves. As Afro-latina women, it’s important to take a step back, and engage in self care techniques that allow you to realign yourself. Taking care of yourself, mentally and physically, is a universal process that many of us undergo as we try to find our own ways to best proceed. For Afro-Latina women, the intersection of our race, gender, ethnicity and nationality makes our identity complex for others to understand, stressing the importance of self care. Below are some mental health tips that can help begin your process of taking care of your mental health. We encourage each and everyone of you to prioritize your mental health not only in the month of May but all year long.


[Mental health tips]


  • Identify key stressors, aim to reduce these as much as possible

  • Establish a morning routine that allows you to begin your day with gratitude and intention(s)

  • Implement daily meditation into your routine for ease throughout the day

  • Keep a journal to write down your thoughts, goals or any emotions you may be experiencing

  • Find things that bring you joy such as listening to a podcast, tuning into your favorite show, or spending time with loved ones

  • Set up a routine that allows you to physical exercise in a form that feels most comforting to you

  • If accessible to you, try to seek out a therapist


We hope these tips begin your own mental health journey, and feel free to share with us what tips you implement into your daily routine info@afrolatinabeauty.com.








February, March and April embarks a period of where carnival emerges throughout countries in the Caribbean and South America. The origins of Carnival in the Caribbean and the South American are complicated as they are deeply tied to colonialism, religion, freedom and celebration. There are always three elements to Carnival celebrations including dressing in masquerade, music and dancing.



There are about 50 countries all over the world that celebrate carnival, some of the biggest carnivals in the world are Trinidad and Tobago, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some Latin American and Caribbean countries that have carnival include:

  1. Oruro Carnival, Bolivia - Typically takes place in February

  2. Crop Over, Barbados - Typically takes place in July and August

  3. Barranquailla Carnival, Colombia - Typically takes place in February or March

  4. Mazatlán Carnival, Mexico - Typically takes place in March

  5. Salvador Carnival & Recife and Olinda, Brazil - Typically takes place in February and April

  6. Junkanoo, Bahamas - Typically takes place in December and January

  7. Carnival September, Belize - Typically takes place in September

  8. Carnival of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba - Typically takes place in July

  9. Dominican Carnival, Dominican Republic - Typically takes place in February

  10. Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival, Jamaica - Typically takes place in August

  11. La Ceiba Carnival, Honduras- Typically takes place in May


Have you ever celebrated Carnival in any of these places or anywhere else? We would love to feature your photos in a gallery and share your experience! Please submit photos or and/stories to info@afro-latinabeauty.com.
















Updated: Apr 15


Bananas play a huge role in Caribbean cuisine! They are used in different dishes that vary from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Do you have a favorite dish made with green or yellow bananas? If you, you must let us know.


Here are a few recipes to try out. If you do, let us know they work out for you!


[Tostones]


Twice Fried Plantains Commonly Found in Latin American and Caribbean Cuisines


Ingredients:

  • 4 green plantains

  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Instructions:

  • Peel the plantain and cut it into 1.5 -inch pieces

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Place the plantains in the oil and fry on both sides

  • Remove the plantains from the pan and flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down.

  • Dip the plantains in water, then return them to the hot oil and fry 1 minute on each side.






[Mofongo]


Traditional Caribbean dish with Fried Plantain


Ingredients:

  • 4 green plantains

  • 1 lb crunchy pork skin

  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed

  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil

  • 2 cups canola




Instructions:

  • Peel the plantains, soak them in salty water for 15 minutes and dry them before putting them on the hot skillet with oil.

  • Fry them for about 12 minutes at medium-low heat or until they turn light brown.

  • Remove them and mash them on a mortar. Add some garlic and pork.

  • Using a container, mold the plantain into a half sphere shape, and serve with your favorite meat.


[Maduros]


Fried Sweet Plantain


Ingredients:

  • 4 very ripe plantains

  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil


Instructions:

  • Peel the plantain and cut it into 1.5 -inch pieces

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Place the plantains in the oil and fry on both sides

  • Remove the plantains from the pan and flatten the plantains by placing a plate over the fried plantains and pressing down.