By Giancarlo Tapanes, Los Tweens & Teens Food Editor
Cinco de Mayo has been claimed by many alcohol brands as a festive day for consumption, but it’s true meaning dates back to 1860s when the then impoverished Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. The anniversary became a celebration in Mexico of its culture and heritage which has crossed into the United States in areas where our Mexican amigos primarily reside.
We found good information to share about this holiday on History
Channel’s website. For our purposes we focus on the opportunity to talk about culture and tradition with our growing kids.
In particular since they watch everything we do- it’s a great opportunity to introduce a new food item or prepare yummy avocados in a way they may enjoy (not too spicy or overly seasoned).
Our Food Editor Giancarlo whipped up this easy recipe that you can prepare in just a few minutes!
Four (4) Hass avocados (smaller variety that are creamier)
TIP:To ensure the avocado is ripe and ready to use remove the tip that would be connected to the branch it should be green, if it’s brown and wrinkled its to ripe. If it does not come off its not ready.
4 tablespoons onion, diced
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
4 tablespoons, fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and diced, OPTIONAL (this varies to how accustomed to spice your family may be or a great opportunity to introduce more heat to your foods).
Salt to taste
Begin by peeling the avocado. It’s best to cut the avocado in half vertically then removing the pit and using a spoon to scrape away the flesh from the skin. Place the avocado in a large bowl. Mash the avocado using the back of a fork, if you prefer a chunky guacamole. If you prefer a smooth guacamole place the avocado in a blender until smooth. Add the diced onion, diced tomato and garlic. Mix together before adding the cilantro, optional jalapeño, and lemon juice. Store the guacamole in a food safe container and place in the refrigerator allowing the flavor to marry, before presenting it to your Tweens and Teens as a tasty after school snack. Avocados are a great source of good fat and fiber that satisfies after-school munchies.
Try serving the guacamole with carrots or zucchini sticks as a healthy alternative to chips.
Los Tweens Cocinero,
Cristy is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning marketing, media and communications practitioner and social media influencer with more than 20 years experience and specialization in Hispanic and multicultural community initiatives and digital content marketing.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, she realized there was a need to develop digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, a bilingual media platform to engage and support multicultural parents and influencers with content related to raising Generation Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens platform Cristy has worked to produce events such as Teens & Me aimed at providing adults raising this generation with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida. She resides in Miami Shores with her “gringo” husband with a Latino Soul and identical twin daughters.