How to enjoy dessert time with key lime

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?

  1. Avocados give you more potassium than bananas, and potassium helps normalize blood pressure by balancing the hypertensive effect of dietary sodium.
  2. 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

Recipe ideas

  • 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.

Buying Tips

  • 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.

Ingredients

5 ripe avocados

3 Limes or lemon

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

5 Tbsp. coconut milk

I lime for grating

Directions

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.

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Soul Soup!

 

This meal  will leave you and your loved ones extremely satisfied and yearning for more. Variety is the spice of life. I love my food the same way. There is more than one way to enjoy your corn and veggies. I would love to show you how. I know it sounds bizarre, but join me on this wonderful escapade.

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils

1 onion

I green pepper chopped

1 Tbs, Oil of your choice (grapeseed oil)

4 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 Tbsp curry powder

Cayenne to taste

3 potatoes (of your choice – purple/sweet or russet)

3 chopped carrots

1 corn cob cut in half

1/2 bunch of Cilantro

1/2 a slice of lemon

Salt to taste.

3 cups of water

Instructions

Boil the lentils with salt for 15-20 minutes until they are tender. When ready, drain and let it cool down. Once its ready, blend the lentils and set aside,.

Meanwhile, saute the remainder of the vegetables in oil. Start off with the garlic and onions. Once they have browned, add in some fragrant spices, my choice was curry powder and tomato paste. Saute for about 3 minutes. Next add the lentil puree, stir in the remainder of the vegetables apart from the green pepper, and cilantro. Mix  it all in together and add the water. Let it all simmer on medium heat for about 25-30 minutes making sure to stir the stew every 7-10 minutes. The stew will be thick. Once time is up, add the cilantro and serve. Serve with sliced limes. Th lime is an option. I liked the tartness it offered to the dish.

 

Sweet Mini Pepper Poppers with no guilt

So I love getting sweet peppers when I do my grocery run but never seem to have many ideas for what to do with them other than add them to my salads. Well this time I decided to curb my hunger with them by making some delicious poppers and filling them with cashew cream.

As you may or may not be aware I’m trying my hand this year at eating mostly plant-based foods. So I am always looking for interesting ways to add vegetables to my diet. I know how easy it is to get into a slump and think that all you can eat are salads, but that gets boring real fast.

So let’s get started on making these amazing poppers that you can make for your guests as appetizers or as a meal to eat on the go, especially for busy people who never seem to have a moment to sit down and have a meal (please don,t make that a habit..make time to enjoy your meals).

Ingredients

6-7 Sweet Peppers

1 cup cashews (soaked and rinsed)

1/2 cup water

salt and pepper to taste

coriander for garnish

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/4 tsp.cayenne

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. garlic powder

scallions

panko bread crumbs

oil for drizzling

Set your oven to 375*

Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Make the cashew cheese by blending the water,cashews, soy sauce, cayenne, salt and pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce in a blender or food processor until they get smooth. Taste the cashew cream and make sure it tastes just right for you. The cashew cream is the star of this meal so make sure you like it.

Now go ahead and spoon the cheese into the individual peppers and sprinkle some panko bread crumbs into each of the individual peppers. Lastly drizzle some oil and place them in a baking dish and into the oven for 15-20 minutes.

When ready, take them out of the oven and garnish them with scallions and you can even add some herbs you like. I love cilantro…so I always garnish everything with cilantro lol. Hope you enjoy the quick meal. Let me know how you like them in the comment section below.

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Foods for great Hair: Radishes

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.

Eat right for healthy hair

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.