Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Parenting Poll: Slings Vs. Strollers?
Parenting Poll: Slings vs. Strollers?

Bolivian women have been carrying their babies in an aguayo—colorful Andean woven carriers that resemble mini hammocks—for ages. But a sudden shift towards modernity now has many new moms opting for a stroller instead of the traditional sling associated with indigenous mothers. “For young people, going out in the street with an aguayo on your back is looked down on,” La Paz resident Lourdes Condori recently told NPR.


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Got 15 minutes?
15 Mins of Exercise a Day Helps You Live Longer, New Study Says

A new survey out of Taiwan has found that just 15 minutes of exercise a day can help you live longer.

The research, published in the Lancet, studied 400,000 people over 12 years and concluded that those that engaged in moderate exercise for 15 minutes a day, lived three years longer, and reduced their mortality by 14%.


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Thinking of Going on a Sex Strike?
Thinking of Going on a Sex Strike?

The women of the rural town of Barbacoas in southwest Colombia have been on a sex strike since June 22, forgoing all sexual activity with their men until the central government fulfills their promise of paving the only road leading in and out of their town. As it is right now, the dangerous 35-mile mountain road has made the town virtually unreachable, resulting in countless deaths.


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Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well
Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well

A new ad campaign for the New York International Latino Film Festival makes fun of Latino stereotypes in an effort to draw attention to the many clichés about Latinos in the movies. One ad features a chart with the varying roles Latinas have played in films, with “maid” beating out such categories as surgeon and judge.

But while the film fest is attempting to create dialogue about these tired Latino depictions, other companies just keep on propagating them. Here’s a sampling:

Summer’s Eve Says Latinas are Easy


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Fire Up the Grill! Nopalitos Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Fire Up the Grill! Nopalitos Salad with Grilled Shrimp

The grill is hot, but you’ve already made burgers and hotdogs every which way. Time to dazzle the family with something different. Here, Lucero Martinez, chef de cuisine at Pampano, a coastal Mexican seafood restaurant in New York, shares her recipe for one of her favorite summer dishes. 

NOPALITOS (cactus leaves) SALAD with GRILLED SHRIMP

Ingredients:

1 jar of nopalitos (available at any Hispanic grocery store)

1 pint of cherry tomatoes cut in fourths


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Plan the Perfect Picnic
Plan the Perfect Picnic for July 4th!

Celebrate Independence Day this weekend by grabbing a basket and heading to the park for a festive Latin-style picnic. 

Pack

Wicker baskets may be classic, but they lack personality. Instead, pick up a handmade palm basket ($137.44, directfrommexico.com), which features flowers and other traditional Mexican designs and can be used as decoration in your home during the colder months.


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4 Life Lessons Learned at a Nudist Colony
4 Life Lessons Learned at a Nudist Colony

Have you ever been to the beach and considered taking your top off to get a more even tan, but were too embarrassed to go through with it? Well, imagine how you would feel at a nudist camp where taking it all off is often mandatory. I had a chance to visit Solair Recreation League, “a family-oriented nudist resort,” in Woodstock, Connecticut once, and here’s what I learned about nudity from that experience: 

Everyone looks starkly different naked.


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Low Calorie Cocktail
Say "Cheers" to Low-Calorie Cocktails This July 4th!

Want to enjoy cocktails in the sun this weekend without worrying about piling on the pounds? So do we! Here are two low-calorie drinks from chef Julian Medina’s New York City–based Yerba Buena restaurants that taste delicious but won’t compromise your bikini body.

The Sun-Dia from Yerba Buena Perry

Serves 1 cocktail


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Wine 101: Red, White and You!
Wine 101: Red, White and You!

Whether you’re eating carne asada or arroz con pollo tonight, you’ll probably pair your meal with a little vino, right? According to a recent study, Latinos are drinking 50 percent more wine than we did in 2005. That’s a lot of bottles!


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