InFATuated

Yes, I have officially become infatuated with the fat.

avo forwardAvocado has stolen the spotlight in the majority of my dishes–both sweet and savory–because of its its creaminess & versatility. It serves as a flavorful topper to a salad, a thick spread to a sandwich, a chunky dip with some chips, a creamy agent in a smoothie (with no added taste!), and a perfect pair with ripe tomatoes (with a sprinkle of sea salt).salad shrimp plateForget about fearing the fat and focus on becoming infatuated.

avo sideeeHealth Benefits of Avocados:

  • Full of heart healthy monounsaturated fat
  • Monounsaturated fats aid in the absorption of antioxidants (lycopene and beta-carotene)
  • Meals with small amounts of fat will leave you feeling full & satisfied
  • Monounsaturated fats can help maintain moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin, making it look & feel healthy
  • Good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6
  • Aids in lowering cholesterol levels & regulating blood pressure

salad shrimpGrilled Shrimp Topped with Guacamole & Pico de Gallo

Root for the Ginger

The ever so ugly ginger rhizome surprisingly has some pretty perks. Whether grated, pickled, candied or pureed, ginger packs a peppery punch to the palate. ¬†From warming up in the wintertime with my mom’s carrot-ginger soup to dipping the pickled slices in a little soy and wasabi, I have always had a love for this ingredient.

Not only is ginger known for its bold taste, but also its many health benefits:

  • Cleanses & refreshes the palate
  • Fights against the cold & flu
  • Detoxifies the body & clears sinuses
  • Aids in digestion & naseau
  • Reduces muscle pain & inflammation

So, enjoy it with your next salmon roll, blend it into your weekly juice detox, garnish it on your ahi tuna steaks, puree it into your bowl of soup, or add it into a cleansing cup of tea.

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