Snacks; Healthy and Delicious!

The Awesome Avocado.

Before we get started, know that I recommend Organic ingredients for everything, as much as possible. Also, Non-Dairy, No Sugar, Non-GMO, No Soy, and just plain real food.

There are so many reasons – and so many ways – to love avocado. A culinary superfood, avocados provide up to 20 nutrients including vitamins K, C and E, as well as folate, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. In fact, they actually have more potassium than bananas.
Unlike most fruits, avocado is low in carbohydrates and high in a healthy fat called oleic acid. Like olive oil, oleic acid has been linked to health benefits such as reducing inflammation, protecting cells against cancer, and reducing cholesterol. This amazing fruit also improves digestive health and helps your body absorb other nutrients.
There are limitless ways to add avocado to snacks or meals: Use avocado as a healthy spread on gluten-free toast; blend it into scrambled eggs; add it to dips, salsa, or soup; slice for a salad topping.
Avocado is optimally ripe when the fruit is mildly soft to touch. Its flesh should be creamy and green-gold in color. If you don’t use the whole fruit at one time, keep leftover avocado fresh by leaving the pit in the unused portion and allow it to sit, uncovered, on a counter for a few hours before placing it in the fridge (still uncovered) for up to two days. When you want to use the other half, simply peel off the brown crust to reveal a soft and deliciously ripe avocado beneath.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding inches to your waistline? This rich, creamy avocado mousse is about as close as you’ll get to a truly healthy chocolate treat. This recipe serves one. Adjust the recipe for more.

Ingredients 

  • 1 ripe avocado, skin and pit removed, mash slightly with a fork
  • 3 1/2 Tbs unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder (my fav is by Momsanity. Dutch Chocolate Protein Powder. Place an order using this link: http://lddy.no/166g
  • 3 1/2 Tbs RAW honey (Honey to taste if using Momsanity Protein Powder)
  • Unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk (Use fav non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. Place avocado and protein powder in food processor. (I’ve used my Vitamix, however, found my hand mixer even easier) Add optional honey.
  2. Process avocado, protein powder and honey for approximately 1 min, pausing to scrape the sides, or until a thick, smooth mousse forms.
  3. Add non-dairy milk as needed to bring to desired consistency.
  4. Spoon mousse into a small bowl; top with almonds, or walnuts, and/or fresh fruit.

Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene has two important functions in the body: It functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells against damage, and it can be converted to Vitamin A (retinol), critical to maintaining skin and eye health.
Without beta-carotene, our bodies are unable to manufacture Vitamin A. And without sufficient Vitamin A, nearly all of our systems are at risk, including lungs, kidneys and immune function. Research shows that people who consume the necessary levels of beta-carotene are able to lower their risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, macular degeneration, and other age-related diseases.
You can get beta-carotene from a variety of foods:
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Yam/Sweet Potato
  • Spinach
  • Kale
The National Institutes of Health recommends a daily intake of 3,000 IU for adult men and 2,310 IU for adult women. For children, amounts vary according to age. While beta-carotene deficiency is rare in most industrialized countries, it can be difficult getting the recommended levels simply from food. That’s where supplements come in. Order them here:  https://wellevate.me/crtwellnesscenter/#/  We design a plan that meets your individual needs. You may want to consider a supplement with a mixture of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.
It’s possible to take too much beta-carotene. This is usually indicated by a yellowing of the skin, palms or soles and is known as carotenemia. Once consumption of beta-carotene is reduced, this yellowing fades over time. As always, your best outcomes are achieved when working closely with your Wellness Advocate Practitioner.

Rose Hips for Wellness

There’s nothing like a rose to stimulate feelings of well-being. And nothing quite like rosehip – the actual fruit of a rose – to enhance health and promote wellness.
Of all the roses, the beautiful Wild Dog Rose is the type most often cultivated for their hips. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a range of herbal preparations. Rose hips contain a variety of antioxidants (especially Vitamin C), Vitamin A, carotenoids, and other plant compounds that are recognized for their role in preventing degenerative disease, including heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Many natural health practitioners use rose hip to treat wounds and inflammation. Rosehip oil is commonly used in cosmetics as it has the ability to revitalize skin cells. It has been used to treat scars, acne and burns. In Germany, rose hip powder (capsule) has been used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Herbalists have long used rose hip tea to ease constipation and as a supplement to treat a cold.
Rosehip pulp can be incorporated into sauces or made into a jelly. Standardized extracts are also available in capsules. Always check with your Wellness Advocate Practitioner before using any herbal remedy.

Guiding Principles

The information offered by this blog is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers. Always consult with your physician or other qualified healthcare providers before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information contained within this newsletter.