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Crazy for Avocados

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     I’ve been a huge fan of avocados for as long as I can remember. I took a trip to Puerto Vallarata in high school and was delighted when I found out the buffets were stocked with avocado. Needless to say, I had some sort of avocado every single meal. They’ve become more and more common in recipes, showing their versatility in everything from frying to baking.
Avocados run about $1 for a regular size or 3/$1 for tiny ones. They’re not the cheapest produce item, but they are worth it for taste and nutrients. In fact, they’re often referred to as the “alphabet fruit” because of all the vitamins they have. Here are some facts you may not know about the delicious fruit!


Did you know….? 
Avocados help your heart function properly. 
They are filled with fiber. 

They help to keep your blood pressure in check. 

Avocados help eliminate bad breath by cleansing your intestines.
     Eating avocados helps increase your vitamin absorption rate. 
 Avocados are a great source of protein.
     They have more potassium than a banana.
     Eating avocados can help decrease arthritis pain.
Avocado oil is a healthier alternative to olive oil. 

Avocados are great in salads, soups, brownies, popsicles, burritos, omelettes, smoothies,guacamole, or just by themselves. How do you like eating your avocados?


Sources:
http://www.whfoods.com
http://www.undergroundhealth.com
http://www.fullcircle.com
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

CTM Burger

Cilantro Turkey Mushroom Burger

 Sometimes, just the tiniest addition to your meal can make all the difference. Cilantro is a perfect example of this. It’s versatile and can be used in salads, burritos, and even burgers!

   I grilled up a turkey burger on the George Foreman grill. Turkey doesn’t grill the same as beef, so make sure you’re paying special attention to when it’s finished cooking. I added in white cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, spinach, and a small amount of mayo on a whole wheat hamburger bun. I don’t eat red meat, so I love experimenting with new ways to top my turkey burgers. The cilantro was a perfect addition and gave it quite a zing, and I’m sure many more CTM Burgers (Cilantro-Turkey-Mushroom) will be made in the future!

Ingredients:
-One turkey burger (I used Kirkland brand from Costco)
-Three sliced tomatoes
-One slice of cheese
-One handful of spinach
-One handful of cooked mushrooms
-Two pinches of cilantro
-Mayonnaise

How do you like your burgers? 

Hydration

I’m working really hard on drinking more water.  I have started taking water bottles everywhere in an effort to help flush toxins out of my body, cleanse my skin, and help digestion. It’s especially important to drink tons of water when the weather gets hot and fry.

J bought a cute mason jar to fill up water for me. I decided to try some water infused with fruits to give it an extra kick. I used cut strawberries (and later limes), but will also do oranges and lemons! It isn’t supposed to taste like fruit juice, but rather a slightly sweeter tasting water. 

 

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I had some cut up watermelon as a snack. I cut it into cubes and throw it in a plastic container in the fridge so that I can easily grab it and go whenever I please. It’s perfect for bite size snacking. 

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What’s your favorite way to get some extra hydration in during the summer?

Stocking up on Groceries

 

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Grocery shopping is my favorite “chore” ever. I know some people hate doing it, but something about shopping and comparing prices is so relaxing to me. I shop everywhere from Trader Joe’s to Sprouts to Costco to Ralph’s. I don’t mind going from store to store as long as I’m getting the best prices. Luckily they are all within fifteen minutes of me, so it makes things easy.

Sprouts is a great place to visit on Wednesdays because it’s Double Ad Wednesday! That means that last week’s ad AND this week’s ad are in effect. Double the savings and double the food to purchase!

Examples of where I typically purchase things:
Trader Joe’s: Bread (1.99 a loaf), Orange juice (1.99 a carton)
Sprouts: Shredded cheese (2.00 for a small carton), Bread pudding (2.00 for a portion), Eggs (99c [sale] for 12)
Costco: Frozen chicken (16.00 for six pounds)
Ralph’s: Dog food (1.00 a can), Oranges (89c a pound)

I tend to do big grocery trips every two or three weeks and stock up on perishable items whenever I run out. There are certain things that I need in my fridge at all time. They include: soy milk, eggs, orange juice, cheese, bread, chicken, and some sort of fruit.

Where do you like to shop for groceries?

Bourbon and Tapatio Chicken Salad

Have you ever thought about how “a chicken salad” and “chicken salad” are two different things? The first refers to a bed of lettuce and chicken, while the second refers to a concoction of mayo and shredded chicken. Well, this is one of my favorite recipes ever and is a chicken salad.

 

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Ingredients:
Chicken:
Uncooked Chicken Breast
Stubbs Hickory Bourbon Marinade
Tapatio Sauce

Salad:
Romaine Lettuce
Spinach
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Cilantro
Bolthouse Farms Ranch Dressing

 

Directions:

Defrost your chicken breast and marinade in sauce. Make sure the pieces are covered completely and feel free to “massage” those suckers! Add four tablespoons of Tapatio sauce to the mix to give it an extra spice. Cover with saran wrap and let soak for at least 30 minutes. While it is marinading, prepare your salad. 

I used whole romaine lettuce because it was cheaper than the salad packs. Cut the leaves into small pieces, about two inches by two inches. 
Cut spinach into bite size pieces and mixed with lettuce. 
Cut cucumbers into thin pieces and diced tomatoes into small cubes. Add cilantro to taste. 

 

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Grill your chicken until it is fully cooked. Slice into thin pieces. Top your salad with Bolthouse Farms Ranch Dressing and enjoy!

 

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