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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Saving Avocado

May 22, 2018

We’ve all been there. One day your avocado is a rock, and then before you know it, it’s a mushy grey ball. What seems like a brief window of perfect ripeness comes and goes so quickly, it’s easy to miss. What can you do when the whole bag is suddenly ripe all at once and you can’t possibly eat them all before they go bad? Keep reading to find out!

When we saw this avocado saving hack on Well + Good last week, (via @leefromamerica ‘s Instagram stories)we knew we had to share it.

Lee mashes up the ripe avocados and presses them into a silicone icecube tray to freeze for later use. Drop a cube into a smoothie, or thaw it to spread on a sandwich. Be sure to wrap it well, pressing the plastic wrap right onto the avocado mash to help keep it airtight and prevent browning. That’s one less avocado for the compost bin, and more to enjoy ” on demand”!

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Health Kick: Adaptogens

May 19, 2016

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Green smoothies, acai bowls and bee pollen shots have all had their moments in the sun. Move over and make room at the juice bar guys, because the latest trend to take over the health and wellness is community is the adaptogen.

Adaptogens are super-herbs that help the body fight the back against the stressors in our lives. They help us come back from intense workouts that over tax our bodies, and shake off the negative effects of the L -train shutdown at rush hour. They also are proven to help us sleep better, improve our sex lives and increase our attention span.

Living up to their name, adaptogens have the ability to adapt their functions to the body’s specific needs, while providing support to the adrenal glands that manage our hormonal stress reponses.While they have recently gained popularity, these power herbs are not new. In fact, they have been part of Ayervedic and Chinese medicines for centuries.

Some herbs with known adaptogenic properties are various types of ginsing, astragalus, licorice, (no, Twizzlers don’t count!) maca, and holy basil.

Many of these adaptogens are featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous “Morning Smoothie” recipe, purported to cost about $200 to make. Her smoothie contains maca, ashwagandha, ho shou wu and cordyceps, in addition to a teaspoon of moon dust, a compound available in various blends including Brain Dust, Beauty Dust and Spirit Dust, each selling for $55-$65 for a 2 oz. jar, from Moon Juice in L.A.

Don’t stress out if your adaptogens don’t seem to be working right away. It can take several weeks to feel the positive effects.

Want to learn more? Well + Good has a guide to Everything You Need To Know About Adaptogens to help you out.

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The Pollen Vortex

April 13, 2015

 

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We are finally nearing the home stretch, where the words “polar vortex” will recede into the shadows for a few months as we finally enjoy the coming spring season.

The bad news, is that our prolonged winter is causing a whole new set of problems, referred to as the “pollen vortex.”

Instead of the gradual blooming we usually see at this time of year, the prolonged winter has caused everything to seemingly bloom at once, exacerbating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Even those of us who are not diagnosed with allergies, are feeling the effects of high pollen counts in the air.

While perscription antihistamines are the usual treatment for seasonal allergies, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor suggests that certain foods will help ease the symptoms. In an article on the website Well + Good, Dr. Gaynor outlines the following suggestions:

Magnesium rich foods, such as kale, sunflower seeds and spinach open the airways and help you breathe a little easier.

Vitamin C helps combat the sniffling, itchy eyes and runny nose of allergies, by lowering the histamine level in your body. Eat citrus, bell peppers and tomatoes to up the C quotient in your diet.

The plant based antioxidents called bioflavonoids are also histamine reducers. Eat brussels sprouts, mango and garlic, and drink some green tea to reap the benefits.

Quercetin is a nutrient that suppreses the part of the immune system that causes allergies and is another histamine reducer. While onions, parsley and sage are good choices, its an apple a day, ( preferably Granny Smith ) that will help keep the allergy doctor away.

Visit Dr. Gaynor’s website for more information about diet and his upcoming book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle.  

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