Avocados ARE healthy!

I PERSONALLY don’t eat them…but her is a tip from people that DO eat them.  Plus, this is from a neighbor of mine!

Spotlight on Healthy Avocados

Healthy fats are critical for our brains, and avocados are a great choice! They are so much more than a great source of healthy fats though. They are packed with nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. In fact, they have twice as much potassium as a banana.

Benefits
The antioxidants (carotenoids) in avocados have important roles in cell function and support our body against vascular, inflammatory and neurological damage. The fats in avocados actually help us to absorb these antioxidants. In fact, foods that contain carotenoids such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens, are low in fat and but by adding in avocado you improve the antioxidant absorption anywhere from two to six times.

How to Open
Many nutrients are located right next to the skin, so it is better to peel the skin off instead of scooping out the avocado. To get the pit out, first slice the avocado in half lengthwise then firmly strike the pit with the heel of a chef’s knife. Then gently twist the pit to dislodge and lift it out. Then, with the pit stuck to the knife, rest the pit against the edge of the sink or a bowl and gently pull. The pit will slide right off.
How to Eat: Guacamole
Serves 4-6

Ingredients – rough estimates
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and smashed
1 fresh lime, juiced/squeezed
1/2 cilantro bunch, leaves roughly chopped
1/4-1/2 onion, diced small
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced & let rest for ten minutes
1/2 tomato, diced
Salt

Directions: Place smashed avocados in a bowl. Add the juice of 1/2 of the lime, about 1/2 of the chopped cilantro, 1/4 of the diced onion, 1 clove of the minced garlic, and the tomato in a bowl. Stir, sprinkle with salt to taste, and add more ingredients as you deem necessary. Serve as a dip, on eggs, or on toast. When you bring guacamole to a party, it’ll be an instant hit every time.

Also, if you leave out the avocado, you can make pico de gallo salsa!

Let her know how it turns out.

Christa Knox, MA, MScN, is a stroke survivor and holistic nutritionist in Portland, Ore. Visit Christa’s website BrainFoodForThought,com.

Can Cranberries be good for you?

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A study has shown that cranberry juice could help protect people against heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) tested for benefits of its high levels of polyphenols, which help protect the body.

Cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and salicylic acid. By containing only 45 calories per cup, cranberry juice fits very well within most dietary guidelines.

The latest study reveals that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail may help lower the risk of chronic diseases that rank among the leading causes of death worldwide, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

“At the start and end of the experiment, the researchers measured things like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, blood lipids, as well as C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation,” said Dr. Khoo.

“These findings suggest that polyphenols help to protect our bodies, and may be adept at keeping a large number of ailments at bay,” he added.

Cranberry juice is best known for beating off urinary tract infections (UTIs), but its healing powers do not stop there.

The tart juice appears to promote cardiovascular health, and compounds in cranberries can even increase the effectiveness of certain ovarian cancer drugs.

Unsweetened cranberry juice tastes slightly sour, but for medicinal purposes, 2 ounces of cranberry juice diluted in 8 ounces of water is recommended.

It is very good for overall health as it is able to strengthen the immune system and help relieve stress. The mixtures also works well for skin conditions like acne.

But cranberry juice also has its down side. The powerful juice, not to be confused with the cranberry juice cocktail, isn’t as sugary as other fruit juices, but its high acidity can sometimes contribute to bladder problems besides UTIs.