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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Heat it up with this green smoothie.

So the cold is definitely with us and I’m sure you will be reaching out for all the hot chocolate, tea, coffee and soup. I know for many of us, this is the time we steer clear of smoothies. Well guess what, you don’t have to. You can always add foods that heat up the body like ginger and cayenne.

I know this may sound like an add combination and it’s so easy to be averse to anything that may not be sweet, but give it a try you will be as surprised as I was on how good it tastes. The smoothie is refreshing, spicy and its healthy. You will enjoy the benefits it will also offer your skin, with bromelain from pineapple, silica from cucumber and beta carotene from the spinach. Add some hydrating coconut water and cilantro that helps with detoxification. The lemon and cayenne will also assist your metabolism.

Ingredients                                                

1 cup coconut water

1 baby spinach

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup cucumber

1 Tsp. lime juice

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Some ice cubes

Directions

First, pour coconut water, spinach, pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice and cayenne and blend. Taste and add more cayenne if you desire until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Let me know how you like this drink by commenting below. Is there any other spicy smoothie combination you have tried before? Please share below.

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What to eat for a road trip

I love going on road trips with my family. The kids are super excited and just a break from the monotony of everyday life does everyone good. Many times I find us eating real bad during the road trip. As we make pit stops along the way, there are not a lot of healthy options.

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So what to do? Preparation is key. Decide the days before your trip what you would like to eat along the way. Some easy options are:

  • Fruits
  • Salad (Make your own)
  • Crackers
  • Baked Chips
  • Energy Bites
  • Infused Water
  • Kale Chips
  • Carrots and Celery and homemade Hummus
  • Cucumber and Vinegar with a dash of Paprika.

These are some of the things I love and so think about foods that you enjoy eating that are healthy and plan ahead. It really is true, fail to plan, plan to fail. So go ahead and prepare early. What do you do to prepare for a road trip?

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10 Tips for the 6 week Healthy Diet

Now you know that I have embarked on a new healthy plant-based journey. You can read more about it here.

So here are some tips to help keep you going:

  • Make salad the main dish, eat it first at lunch and at dinner.

You will find that you eat more of what you have first. So eat the salad when you are hungriest. Raw foods fill you up and encourage weight loss.

  • Eat as much fruit as you want to.

4 fruits are about 250 calories and you can splurge as much as you would like to. So for dessert eat fresh fruit or even blend some frozen fruit to satisfy your frozen fruit.

  • Have variety when it comes to greens.

Make a variety of vegetable salads, including the following; lettuce, watercress, celery, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions, radishes, carrots, beats, cabbages and sprouts.

Have some cooked vegetables too like; kale, bok choy, okra, zucchini, turnip greens. Cooked greens are low in calories but are very nutrient dense

  • Beware of starchy vegetables as mentioned here

 

  • Eat beans or legumes every day.

Eat a cup of beans daily. beans are a powerhouse of super nutrition. they help in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar. They have a high nutrient per calorie profile and help prevent food cravings.They digest slowly. Throw a cup of beans on your salad for lunch. Eat bean soup.

  • Eliminate animal and dairy products

Eliminate animal products completely if you can. If not use lean meat once or twice a week and an egg once a week.

  • Have a tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day.

This will help you with omega-3 fats. These fats help protect against diabetes, heart disease and cancer. An additional source of omega 3  would be walnuts or soybeans like Edamame

  • Consume nuts and seeds in limited amounts, which is no more than one ounce per day.

 

  • Eat lost of mushrooms all the time.

They make a great meat replacement. It adds interesting texture to your foods. Mushrooms contain phytochemicals that have been linked to decreased risk of chronic diseases.

  • Keep it simple.

You don’t have to prepare fancy recipes all the time. I’ll also be adding recipes here from time to time to help you through this journey., So please don’t think you are in this journey alone. I’m also going through this with you. You can start anytime in your journey, even if it is months from now or weeks from now. I just hope to help and support you through this journey.