Wednesday, November 27, 2013


So I just finished my pre-Thanksgiving Zumba class and, since I worked so hard on it (sheesh!), I thought I'd share my playlist. Also Margo of Brooklyn Fit Chick (aka "the other Margo")frequently shares her fitness playlists and, well, I'm a huge copycat, ok?
Is Margo doing it? Then so am I!
(also suitable for playing while cooking)

WARMUP: Andrew Gold, "Thank You For Being a Friend"
If you threw a party, inviting everyone you knew, you would see the biggest gift would probably be from someone else, but the card attached would be from me and it would say, "It's not the size of the gift that matters, it's what you do with it."

CARDIO: Sam & Dave ,"I Thank You"
Well, obviously.

Cab Calloway, "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House"
I've always loved this one, "Have the salami, Tommy." If I had a nickel...

El Gran Combo, "Me Libere"
Because I always have to have at least one salsa routine, plus this one always makes me feel thankful.

Candye Kane, "All You Can Eat"
A hometown girl who always delivers with extra cheese.

Katrina & The Waves, "Walking on Sunshine"
I can't remember who suggested this one(sorry!) but was this song an advertiser's dream or what? "FINALLY!! The perfect song to sell our pizza/insurance/pantiliners!"

Oliver! original cast, "Consider Yourself"
Yeah, I'm not above a little Broadway in the service of sweat.

Sister Sledge, "We Are Family"
This song always reminds me of the gospel brunch at Lips, a local drag club.

Weird Al Yankovic, "Eat It"
I was so stumped for Thanksgiving songs! I can't believe NO ONE suggested this one. I'm very, very disappointed in all of you.

STANDING ABS ROUTINE: Sly & The Family Stone, "Thank You Fa Lettin Me Be Mice Elf"
I chose this song for our toning routine because it's almost as long as it is funky.

COOLDOWN: Sarah Vaughn, "Thanks for the Memories"
I've always LOVED this version of this song. Recorded live at the end of an amazing show. You can hear how much Sarah is OVER IT, and yet she still squeezes the most out of this number.

Wishing you ALL a HAPPY THANKSGIVING with extra cheese!
Nacho Mama

Monday, November 25, 2013


I have given this recipe to so many people in the last week that I thought I should just post it here! I saw it on "5 Ingredient Fix" last week, I love Claire Robinson!

I gave it a shot and, despite being the worst baker in the United States, it came out DELICIOUS. So I put it into the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder (available to WW members on eTools) and, for 12 servings,  it was 8 pointsplus per serving. Which...didn't quite cut it for me.

So I made a few swaps. And OK, I added a sixth ingredient. So here's MY version of this tart:

Nacho Mama's SIX Ingredient Pumpkin Tart

Preheat oven to 350 degress

-1 cup crushed ginger snaps
-1.5 cups crushed FIBER ONE CEREAL (the original one, that looks like twigs)
-6 tablespoons LIGHT butter

Mix butter with crumbs and press into your 12-inch tart pan and bake for 10 minutes

-1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree
-3/4 cup FAT FREE sweetened condensed milk
-2 egg yolks

Mix all three, pour into tart crust and bake for 30 minutes.

Looks gorgeous, tastes YUMMY and...only THREE pointsplus per serving!!!

That's how I roll.

Nacho Mama

Monday, November 18, 2013


Yes, three years ago this week, I set up my little card table here on the internet. Amazingly, you all showed up...many of you brought your own chairs. Some of you even brought snacks!

In just three years, because of all of you and this blog, I've:

-Been asked to write for MANY sites and companies I admire

-Joined the (award-winning!) cast of The Mommalogues

-Started a PODCAST.

-Lost 73 pounds and became a Weight Watchers leader

-Been cast in an EXERCISE VIDEO (what?) with RICHARD SIMMONS (no, really. WHAT???!!)

-Gotten to travel all over the country to MEET YOU at conferences like: Blogher, Hispanicize, The Latina Lifestyle Bloggers' Conference and, of course, FITBLOGGIN

-I was even named one of Latina Magazine's Top 10 Mommy Bloggers!

and much, much more. SO much more than I ever could have imagined that day when I jumped up off of my sofa (where I'd been sitting & watching a pumpkin pie recipe on the Food Network) to see if this URL was available.

It's been an enchanted experience so far, and I have all of you to thank for that. So THANK YOU.

And stay tuned-I have much, much more in store for you in 2014!!

Wishing you ALL love with extra cheese-
Nacho Mama

Sunday, November 17, 2013

PODCAST Episode 54: Special Guest Heather Robertson of HALF SIZE ME!

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Today we welcome our very special guest, Heather Robinson of the wildly popular weightloss podcast HALF SIZE ME! Join us as we learn Heather's story and get her unique perspective on weightloss and body image, plus her tips for SURVIVING THANKSGIVING when you're trying to lose weight.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

PODCAST Episode 53: Fashion, Food & Gadget Finds!

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WELCOME BACK! Yes, we're back on the air. Today we've got a sneak peek at upcoming shows & guests, plus some of my favorite weightloss-friendly food finds and gadgets.


Orthaheel Shoes

Women With Control fashions on QVC

Sistema Microwave mugs on QVC

Kernel Seasons popcorn seasoning on Amazon

Oasis Bakeries-their low-carb breads are only 1pp+ per slice!

Wishing you love with extra cheese-
Nacho Mama

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