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It’s NATIONAL AVOCADO DAY!!

Posted: July 31, 2017 in Recipes

Guacamole is grand, but don’t settle for just the chips and dip on this food holiday. Clear the table for everything from the appetizer and main dish all the way to dessert. On National Avocado Day, this tree grown fruit has them all covered!

Avocados have become more than a staple food in the American diet; they have proven to be a key ingredient in recipes for both inside the body and on the body! According to the Hass Avocado Board, as of 2015, avocado consumption in the United States doubled since 2005 and quadrupled since 2000. In fact, a whopping 4.25 billion avocados were sold in the U.S. in 2015. That’s four point two five billion of this amazingly beautiful food.

There are many reasons to celebrate National Avocado Day. Targeting insulin resistance with heart-healthy fats and fighting Alzheimer’s with its Omega 3 fatty acids, the avocado also prevents and repairs damage due to its source of Vitamins C, E and K.

One of the secret weapons in an avocado is the high oleic acid content. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports regeneration of damaged skin cells reducing redness and irritation. Eat more of this superfruit or cook with avocado oil if you have this type of skin issue.

Ancient Aztecs used the avocado to beautify their skin topically with masks, and in the early 20th century the cosmetic industry discovered the benefits of its oil in creams, lotions, facial cleansers and other products that required a smooth application. The practice continues today.

Avocados have found their way into every meal of the day and even into dessert. The creamy texture replaces calorie laden oils with healthful fats so we can indulge without the guilt. What better way to celebrate National Avocado Day than to indulge a little?

Here’s a favorite recipe of ours!

https://www.yummly.co/#recipe/Avocado-Hummus-1189581

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Avocado Popsicles

Posted: July 3, 2017 in Recipes

Ok, WHAT? #Avocado POPSICLES!?? YES! You’ll probably be going to 4th of July celebrations today and tomorrow, and it’s HOT out!

What better way to cool off with these AMAZING popsicles!! Check it OUT!

http://www.yummly.co/recipe/Avocado-Popsicles-574230

#RawTrainingPGH #AvocadoEverything #AmysKitchen #AvocadoPOPSICLES #RAWRecipe #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #Happy4th #picnic

HEALTHY ESTROGEN SMOOTHIE

Posted: May 9, 2017 in Recipes

When women struggle with low hormone levels, including low estrogen, there can be many root causes.  During the postpartum period and during the time when a woman breastfeeds, lower estrogen levels are normal. During perimenopause, if a woman is depleted or has a poor stress response, her naturally lower estrogen levels can be even worse and more symptomatic than normal.  Stress with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysregulation with high or low cortisol, or blood sugar imbalances can also cause low estrogen.  Plus, nutrient deficiencies – deficiencies in fat, vitamins A and E, and magnesium deficiencies – can all contribute to low estrogen levels.

Recipe:

1 cup spinach or other leafy greens

1/2 avocado

2 Tbsp flaxseeds

1 cup frozen berries

1-2 Tbsp sunflower, almond, or cashew butter

2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond, coconut, or hemp milk

*To make this a complete breakfast smoothie add 1-2 scoops of this high quality protein powder.

Blend in a high speed blender.  Garnish with pomegranate seeds!

Enjoy!  (Serves 2)Berry-smoothie