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New Uses for Avocados

While guacamole is a tried-and-true favorite application of avocados, Food Network has made a great list of other avocado-based products and recipes to try that can expand your use of the versatile fruit. While 80% of its calories do come from fat, the majority of this fact is healthy and unsaturated, which helps you to absorb more vitamins. Next time you’ve got a few ripe avocados ready to be eaten, consider trying one of these new, fun uses.

Foods

  • Avocado mayo
  • Avocado oil
  • Creamy avocado smoothie
  • Snow pea and avocado slaw
  • Broccoli and cheddar stuffed potato skins with avocado cream
  • Crab and avocado salad
  • Avocado feta dip

Products

  • Avocado and olive shampoo and conditioner
  • Avocado and olive based body butter

Click here to read the full article for Food Network’s Healthy Eats.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

This berry green smoothie combines great fruits, veggies, and healthy fats together for a delicious treat. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a healthy breakfast option, give this yummy recipe a shot!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice or milk
  • 2 fresh handfuls of spinach
  • 2/3 cup frozen berries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter of your choice
  • 5-6 oz yogurt (either flavored or plain)
  • 2 Tbsp oats (if desired)

Instructions

Combine all in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Click here to read more from the Lean Green Bean.

Citronette Salad Dressing Recipe

Tired of the classic olive oil and balsamic for dressing your salad? This light, vinegar-free dressing from chef Pace Webb provides an alternative to the standard vinaigrette options and will likely encourage you to eat more salad! Fresh citrus provides a splash of different flavor and can vary based on the type of salad you are dressing.

Super Simple Citronette Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange)
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/3 to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Stick with a 3:1 ratio of olive oil to citrus juice
  • Salt and pepper

Place shallots in a bowl. Squeeze citrus juice into the bowl with shallots and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Add in the olive oil after 10 minutes. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Whisk together and serve over salad.

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Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

Sometimes it can be easy to fall into a rut when it comes to healthy recipes. Smoothies are a great way to combine a variety of fruits and veggies into a healthy drink, but you might still feel limited to the drinks you usually make. Here’s a fresh twist on a classic smoothie that you’re sure to love.

6 Foods To Make Your Salad Even Healthier

It’s easy to assume that eating a salad is a healthy choice– but look closely at the salad you’ve ordered or made, because small additions to your meal might be sabotaging your healthy eating! Often times at restaurants and at home, dressings and toppings, such as candied nuts and fruit, can quickly transform your meal from dinner to dessert. Instead of opting for the sugary add-ons, try these six foods to make your salad healthier.

Banana Ginger Smoothie Recipe

Looking to soothe stomach troubles such as nausea, heartburn, and digestion? This banana ginger smoothie will be a great natural remedy and a yummy treat to enjoy.

Ingredients

1 banana, sliced
3/4 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.

Combine the four ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve fresh. Makes two servings.

Click here for more healthy smoothie recipes from Prevention.

Cooking Strategies to Help Trim Down Your Waist

If you want to enjoy your meals and flatten your tummy in the process, then there are a few strategies for achieving that end beyond simply reducing portion sizes. The way you cook your meals play a great deal and can help or hinder your efforts. Following a few cooking modifications can help you shed the pounds without making your meals bland and tasteless.

Reduce Sodium

People are surprised that there is a correlation between sodium and weight gain. According to a study from the University of California San Francisco, those who ate a high sodium diet also gained more weight – about a pound more – over a five day period than those who stuck to a low sodium diet. It is believed that too much sodium leads to the production of insulin, a hormone responsible for converting sugar into fat. In place of salt, opt for alternatives like:

  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • cardamom
  • basil

Do not Coat the Pan With Nonstick Spray

Yes, the spray that you use to add a nonstick surface to your pan contains calories. One full spray that covers the entire surface contains about 36 calories and four grams of fat. While that does not seem like a whole lot, it can quickly add up if the spray is used daily.

Do not Dice Veggies and Potatoes Into Extremely Tiny Pieces

It seems strange that the size you cut your vegetables and potatoes into would matter a great deal. However, if you prepare the meal with cooking oil, it is better to cut the vegetables into larger pieces. When vegetables are chopped into thin and small slices, it creates more surface area for the oil to cling onto, which equals more calories from pure fat.

Rinse Your Vegetables Before Cooking

For cleanliness sakes, it is a good habit to wash your vegetables before throwing them into the pot. Not giving them a quick rinse can actually make you gain weight. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, unwashed vegetables may contain pesticide residue, which has been shown to inhibit thyroid function. An improperly working thyroid is associated with a slower metabolism.

Give these cooking tips a try the next time you turn on the stove. They just might give you the slight edge you need to lose those extra pounds.

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Thai Curry Chicken Salad With Creamy Dijon Dressing

This recipe for a yummy Thai curry chicken salad with creamy dijon dressing from Brittany at EBF is a great option to spice up your usual salad routine. The recipe yields four large salad portions, with only 287 calories per serving.

Ingredients

For the salad:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 to 4 ounces each)
Spring mix, romaine lettuce, or baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, sliced
2 cups pineapple, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
Gomasio, to taste (optional)

For the spice rub:
2 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
2 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley

For the dressing:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons good Dijon mustard
11/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Cover chicken breasts in spice rub.
  2. Cook seasoned chicken breasts in skillet with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Cook for about 10 minutes on each side. Remove from heat. Slice for salad when cool.
  3. Place dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar and combine well.
  4. Divide greens, cucumber, pineapple, bell pepper, and red onion on to four plates. Top with chicken and drizzle with dressing.

Click here to read the original recipe by Brittany Mullins for PopSugar.

How to Cook up a Healthy and Delicious Meal on a Tight Budget

One of the primary factors that prevent people from eating healthier is the high cost of organic and natural foods. However, if you know where and how to shop, then you can save a bundle on your grocery bills while obtaining the ingredients you need for whipping up a healthy meal for the family.

Shopping Tips

Consider the following shopping strategies utilized by savvy shoppers for saving a few dollars the next time you head to the supermarket.

  • Buy in bulk; vegetables and fruits can be frozen to prolong its lifespan. Produce that is frozen at the peak of ripeness will also retain its nutrients.
  • Buy produce that is in season
  • Buy from a farmer’s market; most sellers are willing to negotiate a price
  • Grow your own; this requires some experience and trial and error, but it will pay off

Recipe Samples

Spinach and Egg Sandwich

  • English muffin or whole wheat bread
  • Two eggs
  • One plum tomato
  • One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4th red onion

This meal makes a great breakfast, and the eggs make for a great source of low-cost protein. The meal also provides a healthy dose of vitamin A and D and omega-3 fats.

Herb-Roasted Chicken

  • One whole chicken
  • Three garlic cloves
  • Two pints grape tomatoes
  • One halved lemon
  • Three tablespoons unsalted butter
  • One tablespoon thyme or rosemary

Buying a chicken whole is typically cheaper than buying its parts. The remaining ingredients for the seasoning can also be obtained cheaply.

Spiced White Rice

  • Two cups long-grain rice
  • One bunch cilantro
  • Two garlic cloves
  • One tablespoon kosher salt
  • One teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup beer

This is a delicious dish for vegetarians and vegans, and the beer is a secret ingredient that gives the cuisine a light alcoholic flavor. A scrambled egg or two can also be added as an optional ingredient for protein.

Eating healthy does not mean you have to spend an arm and a leg. By being a smart shopper, you can prepare healthy and flavor-rich meals while staying within a monetary budget.

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