So you have decided to start eating healthy and you are worried about having sweet treats. You are wondering what you can eat that is still healthy but still cures your craving for something sweet? Fear not! Do not feel like you have to restrict yourself completely when it comes to healthy eating. If you are the adventurous type then I’m here to challenge your taste buds with a delicious key lime dessert that will have you questioning whether you can eat and not feel any guilt. The answer is yes, yes you can, all using avocado as the main ingredient.
I’m one of those people who grew up not enjoying the taste of avocados. My Mum tried to get me to eat it when I was young in every way she could…she sprinkled sugar..salt…I just hated it. But I’m glad to let you know that has changed…my palete has evolved and I love avocados now. So much so that I actually make dessert with them. So why do I choose to include them in my diet?
- Avocados give you more potassium than bananas, and potassium helps normalize blood pressure by balancing the hypertensive effect of dietary sodium.
- As for the fat in avocados, it is healthy, monounsaturated fat that is good for the heart and won’t raise cholesterol. Avocados also are a good source of fiber. And they provide glutathione (an antioxidant) and folate.
The only nutritional downside to avocados is their high calorie content – about 300 for a whole one. So although it is healthy fat be sure to enjoy avocado’s in moderation.
Summary of health benefits of avocados
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases.
- Lowers cancer risk- healthy monostaurated fats will help your body better absorb anticancer antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
- Keeps blood sugar steady
- Reverses insulin resistance and this in turn helps your body steady its blood sugar levels.
- Maintains hair health. Avocado moisturizes hair shafts and loads them with protein, making them stronger.
Tips on Avocados
- Puree avocado with coconut milk for a chilled soup
- Mash and spread on bread instead of mayo for a creamy healthier taste.
- If you want to retain a fresh green color, avocados should be eaten immediately or sprinkle lime juice or white vinegar.
- I look for firm avocados if I plan to use them later in the week. if i need to use it immediately I will select fruit that gives in to pressure when pressed firmly.
- Do not rely on color alone to determine if the avocado is ripe.
- To speed up ripening process store them in a paper bag and store them at room temperature for 2-5 days. If you place an avocado with an apple it speeds up the process even more.
Key Lime Recipe
You will definitely enjoy this key lime recipe as the coconut milk adds to its creamy texture.
5 ripe avocados
3 Limes or lemon
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
5 Tbsp. coconut milk
I lime for grating
Scoop the flesh out of the avocados and place it in your food processor. Add the juice of the lime maple syrup and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
Divide the mixture into 4 bowls and sprinkle grated lime. Keep chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
I remember when i decided I wanted to start eating more healthy. I was not sure where to start. I did not wake up and fill up my kitchen with new items. Not at all. I simply started including more of what I already knew I liked in my pantry. That is my suggestion to you. I do not want you to throw things away simply because its not in my blog or a book you read. Simply look at things that people suggest and if you think you like them, next time you are out shopping add it to your pantry.
I would like to show you in this post how you can substitute and replace some old ingredients like eggs and cheese with more healthy options.
What to include in your pantry:
Dried Peas, Lentils and Peas
Almond, oat, hemp and other unsweetened milks
Raw nut butters
Whole grain pasta
Whole grain flour
Sun dried tomamtoes
Raw nuts and seeds
Herbs and Spices:
These herbs can be used fresh or dried. Other spices include:
Radishes are easy to work into your diet and they are an exceptional hair strengthening food with vitamin C as well as silicon and sulfur. Together these help build healthy hair.
Radishes help cut and dissolve mucus in the digestive tract, so that nutrients can flow freely throughout the body to build beautiful hair. Radishes act as cleansers and detoxifiers. Remember the cleaner the body, the healthier the hair.
Include pumpkin seeds in your diet to help ensure that your hair grows healthy. They are an excellent source of zinc, sulfur and vitamin A. These 3 are key in building strong hair. The other benefit of zinc is that they can ward off acne and other skin imbalances. Pumpkin seeds also has B vitamins, which includes biotin an important nutrient for strengthening hair and preventing thin and brittle hair as well as increasing hair growth.
Pumpkin seeds have a good amount of protein, along with magnesium, calcium, manganese, copper and iron which builds healthy blood flow to ensure optimal nutrient distribution to the hair follicle. Throw them in your salad or snack on them.
Most women love their hair, short or long they want it healthy and thriving. I’ve had situations where my hair suffered from being pulled too hard, from mismanagement and also from stress. So I have had to learn how to take care and grow my hair. From experience this is what I can share with you, eating healthy will change the body and health of your hair from within in a way that no product or salon treatment will do.
Now remember it does take more time to see hair changes than it does to see skin changes because hair follicle has to rebuild and hair grows only ¼- ½ an inch per month.
The health of your hair all depends on the nutrients you put in your body and the overall health of your body.
Beauty minerals such as sulfur. Copper, silicon are important to help keep the texture of your hair healthy and maintain its natural color.
But even if you eat all the right foods but your body is congested, the nutrients in the right food will not reach your haie. Foods thant can congest your body if eaten often are dairy, soy, wheat, animal fat and sugar. You need to constantly be clkeansing your body in order for your body to thrive, so that your body, skin and hair can benefit from the nutrients in the food that you eat.
Remember to always stay hydrated, as water hydrtaes the hair strands from the inside out. Otherwise you end up with dehydrated hair. Water also helps flush toxins out of the body which can stop your hair from growing at its optimum level. Dehydration can lead to issues like dandruff and slow hair growth because there is not enough moisture in the hair root to allow for new hair growth.
In the next few posts I will discuss with you the best foods to add to your diet for great healthy hair.
I wanted to share with you some beauty eating principles that I have learned on my journey to eating right.
The main one is, energy . Energy will be your ultimate key to losing weight easily and permanently. Energy is so important because it helps you;
- Regenerate your liver and other tissue cells
- Flushes toxic waste from the body
- Helps maintain your ideal weight
- Helps keep your skin smooth and hair healthy
The truth is the more energy you have, the more youthful vibrant and beautiful you look and feel.
Now, what takes up the most of your energy? Digestion. Digestion is the key to elevating you beauty to a whole different ball game. We therefore want to focus on foods that give you energy. The more easily you digest foods, the more energy your body will have to clean out old material from your body and perform other essential processes that will keep you looking beautiful. Toxic waste piles up faster when you are not digesting your food well.
The key will be, learning how to get rid of waste in our bodies to allow digestion to function most efficiently.
I do not want you focusing on diets, calories, carbs.
The foods we will start focusing on will be mineral, enzyme and fiber rich. The foods will cleanse and unclog waste from your body so that your body can absorb the right nutrients most effectively. It took you a long time to build up toxic waste ion your body, so please allow yourself time to get rid of it. It will require being kind to your body, learning new eating habits, your body adjusting to the change in foods. We will work on it being a gradual and continuous process as opposed to instantaneous results. In fact if you change your diet too quickly to something different you could fall ill.
The main things we will focus on:
Eating more vegetables and fewer animal products
Drinking a green smoothie everyday
Giving up dairy slowly.
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