Spicy Avocado Snack

Posted on March 26 by
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Ingredients:

1 ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
1 to 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Gently mash avocado with a fork while still in the peel until smooth. Drizzle with hot sauce. Serve with pre-cut vegetables such as carrots and snap peas.

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Friday Funny.... so true ....

Posted on March 22 by
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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Stone Fruits

Posted on March 19 by
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Nothing says summer like sweet, juicy stone fruits. From peaches and cherries to plums and mangoes, these mouth-watering fruits can turn any meal into a sweet treat. Best of all, you can feel good about eating them since they pack a serious nutrient punch.

Indeed, stone fruits are rich in inflammation-fighting phytonutrients, which can help protect your health and even fight the signs of aging. Fun fact: They're also what give stone fruits their vibrant yellow, orange, red, and purple hues.

But what is a stone fruit, exactly? Stone fruits get their name from the fact that they all have a pit (or stone) in the center. Another fun fact: The stone itself isn’t a seed. The fruit’s seed is inside the stone. Most stone fruits are at their peak during the summer, but frozen options are available year-round.
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The health benefits of stone fruits

They help lower your blood pressure

Stone fruits aren’t as potassium-rich as bananas, but since most Americans struggle to get the recommended 4,700 milligrams per day, every little bit you can get makes a difference, especially if you’re trying to lower your blood pressure. The mineral plays a key role in promoting healthy blood pressure levels by relaxing blood vessels and helping the body get rid of excess sodium.

They keep your weight in check

Sugary cravings standing in the way of your weight loss goals? Stone fruits are naturally sweet, but they also happen to be pretty low in calories. (Most have between 75 and 100 calories per serving.) So having a nectarine or a bowl of cherries instead of cookies or candy just might hit the spot—without wrecking your diet. Case in point? You could have four medium peaches for the same calories as a 1.5-ounce chocolate bar.

Stone fruits are also a good source of fiber. You’ll get around three grams of fiber from a cup of cherries or a large nectarine. That’s important, since fiber is key for filling you up and helping you keep your weight in check. Roughage plays an important role in improving your cholesterol and lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

They boost your eye health

Apricots and mangoes serve up beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that plays an essential role in eye health. It’s been shown to absorb damaging blue light that enters the eye from computers and cell phones.You’ll get around half of the amount of vitamin A you’ll need in a day from just half a cup of fresh apricots.

They stave off disease

Cherries and plums are rich in anthocyanins, disease-fighting flavonoids found in dark red, purple and blue fruits and veggies. Evidence suggests that anthocyanins may offer protection against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline.

They improve your skin

Peaches and nectarines are packed with vitamin C, which helps prevent cell damage and aids in the production of skin-smoothing collagen. You’ll get around 15 percent of your daily vitamin C from a large peach and around 10 percent from a large nectarine.
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3 ways to eat stone fruits

A perfectly ripe peach or plum is pretty darn satisfying all on its own. But you can do more with stone fruits than just eat them out of hand. Some ideas:

Grill them. Halved and pitted peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines are firm, so they hold their shape even under high heat. Try serving them in a side salad with grilled steak, chicken or pork chops or blend them into a smoothie with Greek yogurt for a filling treat.

Roast them. Toss halved or chopped pitted stone fruit on a baking sheet, drizzle them with some olive oil and roast until soft, juicy and caramelized. Toss them in a salad or stir them into cottage cheese or plain yogurt.

Add them to salsa or guac. Diced peaches or pitted cherries lend a sweet contrast to zesty salsas.

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Blueberry Smoothie...

Posted on March 13 by
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Do you find it difficult to drink a cold smoothie when it is chilly outside? Add some festive spices like nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon to warm up the taste.

Ingredients

½ cup frozen Blueberries
¾ cup plain kefir or (non dairy) yogurt
½ cup baby spinach
½ cup cucumber chopped
¼ teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Optional: dash of vanilla extract

Instructions

Place all ingredients in blender or vitamix and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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