September 23, 2019

Shake It Up With Astounding Avocado Recipes

It’s summer and avocados are at their best. Who doesn’t love this buttery-rich fruit that’s full of nutrients and good fats? I’m just happy to take a ripe avocado and spread it on whole grain toast, but the chef in me can’t resist coming up with new ideas for avocados, too. Here are some facts about avocados that make them one of the healthiest foods you can eat: They’re high in monounsaturated fat, specifically oleic acid, an omega-9 fat that can help lower cholesterol. The monounsaturated fat in avocados is also associated with reduced risk of cancer and diabetes. Avocados […]
August 29, 2018

Mango Avocado Dip Is a Crowd Pleaser

Perfect for gatherings, you can prep the ingredients ahead, but don’t make this dip until right before serving. Serve with radish rounds and tortilla chips.   CHUNKY MANGO AVOCADO DIP Ingredients: 3 large mangoes (peeled and diced to ½-inch pieces) ¼ cup fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons orange juice 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper (seeded and finely diced) ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tbs. minced red onion 4 medium avocados (peeled, pitted and diced to ¾-inch pieces) ½ tsp. coarse salt ½ cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese (optional) Fresh radishes, cut into rounds Seeded tortilla chips (TRY: […]
November 27, 2017

Eat Up! Form Follows Functional Food

In today’s food-conscious world, many of us want to get more benefits from the food we eat. Functional foods provide just that. A functional food is a natural food or manufactured food that has benefits beyond basic nutrition and calories. According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D., “All foods are functional because they provide varying amounts of nutrients and energy to sustain growth or support vital processes. However, functional foods are generally considered to offer additional benefits that may reduce the risk of disease or promote optimal health.” Functional foods can also act like health supplements. For […]