Month: July 2011

Tip to Eat More Veggies!

Tip to Eat More Veggies!

I still learn things from my mom and would like to share this tip to eating more veggies! My mother leaves her relish tray in the frig at all times and when it comes dinner or snack time, they just pull out the tray full […]

Favorite Friday Product–Justin’s Nut Butters

Favorite Friday Product–Justin’s Nut Butters

  An all-natural nut butter that is made with real ingredients.  Plus my favorite is the individual single serve packets available in a variety of nut butter.  The perfect indulgent snack with the creamy goodness of nuts!   There are a variety of flavors:  chocolate […]

Update on my experiment with avocados

Update on my experiment with avocados

Last week I blogged about A Whole New Look At Avocados and my latest version of a chocolate milkshake flipped with an avocado.  Well I mentioned something about using avocados in other sweet treats such as cupcakes and icing.  Since I had so much fun with the milkshake here we go. . . . 

 

Don’t they look beautiful!

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Yes I substituted one avocado for the oil in the cake mix.  (1 choc cake mix, 1 1/4 cup water, 1 egg and 1 mashed avocado)  I also (I am still so excited) substituted criso/cream cheese in the icing for two pureed avocados!!

 

Isn’t that amazing – the icing looked like real icing, in its gorgeous natural green color!   I had many people try them but of course did not tell them before they ate it and received  great positive comments!  I was very impressed with the turnout!

 

Trading out the saturated fat for healthy monounsaturated fat – whoohoo!

How to Spice up your Salad!

How to Spice up your Salad!

I swear my salads never rate up against any restaurant salad – probably because mine do not have as many calories as the latest and greatest new salad. But I have found a couple of tricks to make your salad stand out! Must haves to […]

Favorite Friday Product–Noosa. Finest Yoghurt

Favorite Friday Product–Noosa. Finest Yoghurt

I was not expecting anything special when I decided to buy this yogurt, actually I only bought it because it was marked down for only 99 cents!  After my first taste of noosa I immediately went back to the store and bought a ton more! […]

A Whole New Look at Avocados!

A Whole New Look at Avocados!

I definitely have been inspired by this neat little fruit, by the way did you know they are a fruit and not a vegetable (it because of the seed in the middle)!

 

I get the Food Network magazine and May’s issue had some interesting ways to use an avocado – even a recipe to make icing for cupcakes!  I am definitely going to test that out.  

 

I have also seen using avocados in cakes and cookies – just replace half the fat with an avocado.

 

Well, today I made a yummy smoothie and I could not even taste it!  Why add an avocado, you may ask?  Well avocados are loaded with healthy fat such as monounsaturated fat and also contain a great amount of vitamin E, which is beneficial for the heart.  There are so many benefits to this curious fruit, just try it out!

 

Here is a simple recipe I tried

1 strawberry Greek yogurt

1/4 avocado

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

3/4 cup almond milk

Blend all ingredients together.  It was the creamiest smoothie!  I would like to venture and a try chocolate smoothie!

 

So I did Smileand wow, what a surprise!

 

Chocolate Milk Shake

1/4 avocado

1 cup almond milk

2 tsps cocoa powder

1 tbsp chocolate syrup (darn, I would have used my fav raw agave nectar but I ran out from the last time we had pancakes)

1/2 cup ice

Blend ingredients together!  The avocado gives the milk shake the creamiest and thickness like ice cream!  But instead of having saturated from ice cream, we replace it with healthy fat in the avocado.

 

We will keep on testing more recipes out. 

Quench your Thirst

Quench your Thirst

More refreshing drinks to fancy your palate!   My top favs for tea! Light and refreshing – white tea is loaded with antioxidants, even more than green!  Only 28 calories!     Finally I can find just plain unsweetened tea with no colorings, added sugar […]