What would I take with me if I was stranded on a desert island?
It’s a question I’ve been asked at a few interviews and sadly, some mundane dinner parties. While the question is silly and impractical, my answer is always the same:
2. iPod filled with Jack’s Mannequin/Andrew McMahon
You knew a food would be one of the responses, right?
The green-globe of nutrient goodness is hands down one of my favorite foods. Spread on toast, cubed into salads or scooped straight out of the skin, I cannot get enough of the creamy fruit!
When I declare my love for avocados with others, I usually get a few curious looks. There is a lot of misinformation out there, mostly how avocados aren’t a good pick because of their high-fat content. Well, I’m hear to set the record straight.
Yes, avocados contain fat but it’s the “good” kind of fat, essential monounsaturated fats for heart health. Good fats are those that can lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and are beneficial in moderation. Per 1 oz. 50 calorie serving, avocados provide 3 grams of monounsaturated fats and 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fats. They are also cholesterol and sodium free!
While I am happy eating nothing but avocados, I know not everyone feels the same way. When I first met BL he didn’t care for them, not even in guacamole. (Seriously, how do you not love guacamole!?) Over the years, he has slowly grown to enjoy them and now prefers a few slices of avocado instead of mayo or cheese on his sandwiches. Fine by me! A great alternative to other creamy foods, avocados provide the same mouthfeel with naturally good fats.
If you are only familiar with avocados in your sandwiches or in guac, I encourage you to try some other recipes that highlight the nutrient-dense fruit! My favorites are below, though I am especially partial to my mushroom avocado napoleons. Double-decker sandwiches that are elegant enough to serve at a shower or ladies lunch but simple enough to enjoy everyday!
What’s your favorite way to love a fresh avocado?
1. Avocado Wontons// 2. Avocado Mushroom Napoleons// 3. DK’s Guacamole// 4. Tomato, Avocado & Peach Salad
Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the LoveOneToday.com website.
Thanksgiving, a day meant to sit back, relax and reflect on things you are thankful for. A list that hopefully includes friends, family, and the like.
It’s also a holiday that primarily revolves around food. While other holiday menus can vary greatly, Thanksgiving usually contains stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, and turkey.
Well, maybe turkey. For vegetarians, Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to navigate. It took me a long time to finally come to my current plant-based status, I went through periods of not eating meat, to eating it again, to going back to veganism only to return an omnivore and then back again. While it was important for me to take my time in exploring my choices, it was a nightmare for my family and friends to accept what I was currently eating at that moment in time.
Especially at Thanksgiving. Whether this is your first holiday as a vegetarian, or you’re hosting your first vegan guest, some thoughts: Read more…
DK’s Guide to Healthier Cooking
I’m passionate about teaching others to cook for a few reasons. First, I believe that the key to a healthy lifestyle is knowing how to prepare your own food! Going out, even to healthy establishments, almost always means you will consume more calories and fat than if you prepared the same meal at home.
When you understand the basics, you are empowered to take your health into your own hands and can lighten-up almost any recipe. Cooking for yourself also means saving money (most of the time), better ingredients (yay for local farmers markets that are cheaper than the grocery store!), and small portions (if you like).
As an RD and cooking instructor, I am always asked for tips for healthy cooking. There are lots of great secrets out there, but here are my top tricks. AND since blogging is a community sport, be sure to share your favorite tips in the comments below. Read more…
Happy Friday! Have you seen HBO’s new show VICE? Wow, I’m watching it as I type this and am completely hooked. It’s everything I wish cable news shows were- informative, thoughtful, & global stories that mean something. I don’t think it’s the intent of the show, or others like it, but I can’t help but feel incredible compassion towards the various struggles exposed and also incredibly grateful for my current life. I appreciate moments that make you stop, reflect, and put things into a true perspective.
Anyways, this has nothing do with with my new summer salad recipes but…if you’re looking for something new, check it out!
Personally, I try to eat a salad at least once a day. It’s a good way for me to stick to my weight-management plan; mostly nutrient-dense, low calorie-dense foods most of the time. More simply, in the summer my days usually look like fruit for breakfast, large salad for lunch, and then dinner that changes daily. Considering we travel and eat out a lot more in the summer months, eating this way for breakfast and lunch allows me to keep my weight stable while indulging more at restaurants.