I started buying fresh local produce by the box (makes juicing way easier:-) and ended up with a BIG green issue.
I bought 2 gorgeous boxes – one filled with organic fruit and the other vegetables from The Paia Farmers Market here in Maui. They included so many familiar items and a few exotic fruit I had never heard of (rambutan anyone?)
Right in the middle of the box was this HUGE avocado and I didn’t know what to do with it.
In my best Dr. Seuss voice, I don’t eat avocados.
Use avocado oil on my skin – yes.
Put creamy avocados in my hair – of course.
Sneak an avocado in a smoothie from time to time – maybe.
But actually eating one – uh – no.
I knew it would be good.
If anyone could get me to try an avocado it would be him…and Idris Alba.
This recipe is easy to make and you can use several different flavor combinations (or get busy with some salt and pepper). Your heart, liver, waist line, and hair will thank you for it!
(If you’re a slow carber, Paleo dieter, or simply like breakfasts that keep you full, this one is a winner!)
I’m not leaving our hair out…
Avocados are a Naturalista’s dream!
They’re packed with Vitamin E which is good for overall hair health and glowing skin, and many of our curlfriends have experienced luscious hair growth from its oil.
If this is your Hair Wash Weekend, try my DIY Creamy Avocado Deep Conditioner. It’s AWESOME!
Eating this fresh fruit sends even those hair benefits into overdrive.
Peep the video below (don’t laugh at my knife). Check out my love for avocados in the links and benefits that follow…
Avocado’s Health Benefits:
its low in sugar
high in monounsaturated fats that are easily burned for energy*
high in fiber (keeps you full), folic acid, and the feel good B-Vitamins
helps improve the health of your liver
balances cholesterol levels
reduces the risk of heart disease
has 5 categories of anti-inflammatory properties that help fight & prevent cancer (phytosterols, omega 3 fatty acids, carotenoid antioxidants, polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, and non-carotenoid antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and the minerals manganese, selenium, and zinc)**
contains twice as much potassium as a banana
when added to a salad it helps you absorb three times more nutrients
For more on Avocado’s and their health benefits, check out the infographic in Crazy About Avocados and the 6 Hidden Benefits of Avocados.
- 4 to 6 soap nuts
- 1 cup of water
- Add soap nuts to a small 2-quart pot.
- Add water to the pot and bring soap nuts to a boil.
- Reduce to low-medium heat. Let them simmer for 20 minutes.
- Strain out the soap nuts. You can use these again by storing them in a plastic bag once they dry. Keep them in your refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Pour the liquid in a food processor or blender.
- Blend or mix on high for 30 seconds. The soap nut wash should begin to foam up as you mix.
- Place foam in a bottle with a pump or in a sealable jar.
Eat Lavishly :-)