Plan Ahead: Fallbrook’s Avocado Festival is Here Again!

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This avocado celebration features some pretty unconventional ways to eat the fruit: avocado fudge, avocado gelato, avocado tamales, avocado cookies and even avocado latte.

There are also plenty of avocado-themed activities, like the Avo 500, a contest that invites kids to make a car out of an avocado and race it against fellow competitors.

And if you don’t like avocados, there will be carnival rides for kids, local dance groups on a community stage, a beer garden, locally handmade items for sale and more.

Details: Fallbrook Avocado Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Along Main Street, downtown Fallbrook. Free. (760) 728-5845 or details.

Tomatoes, Cinnamon, Avocados: Make the most of nature’s medicine cabinet

138539[1]DON’T let insect bites, sunburn, nausea and an upset tummy ruin your annual break. These 10 natural healers will ensure a happy and healthy holiday.

Ginger and honey have long been used to help alleviate the symptoms of coughs and colds but you might be more surprised to hear that Coco-Cola is also a “natural” healer.

The fizzy soft drink can take the pain out of wasps stings, while tomatoes can reduce the swelling and itching of insect bites, according to pharmacist and Silver Travel Advisor writer Dave Harcombe.

Ordinary foods such as these can be a life-saving medical aid and can be particularly useful when you are travelling and away from your medicine cabinet.

Simple, natural and inexpensive ingredients such avocados and salt can be used to treat many conditions you might experience on your holidays.

“It’s well worth knowing some of the healing properties of common foods when travelling,” said Dave Harcombe.

“Conventional medicines aren’t always available, pharmacies may be closed when you need them, labels may be written in an unfamiliar language, prescriptive quantities can be ambiguous and quite often nature has a ready, freely available remedy that will bridge the gap until more conventional aid can be found.”

Here are the top 10 natural medicines on the move…
Read the rest of the article HERE: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/465560/Top-ten-natural-medicines-Coca-Cola-cinnamon-salt-and-avocados

 

 

 

Avocado Oil Is the Beauty Secret You Need to Get In On

201206-omag-avocado-oil-284x426During awards season, Lupita Nyong’o admitted that one of the secrets to her gorgeous (gorgeous) skin is avocado oil. The actress says she likes to keep things “simple, natural, and straightforward,” so she doesn’t mess with too many products.

Of course, after hearing that Lupita uses avocado oil to get her glowing complexion, I immediately headed to the Google machine to see what it does exactly. Because let’s be honest here, when Lupita is going to share beauty advice, we all ought to listen.

Here are some of the (pretty amazing) benefits of avocado oil, and how you can use it on your skin. My guess? It’s only a matter of time before this is the new coconut oil.
Continue reading the article here:
http://thestir.cafemom.com/beauty_style/169543/avocado_oil_is_the_beauty

 

 

Holy Guacamole! Chipotle says don’t panic

Could guacamole and some salsas become victims of global warming? Possibly, says Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company.

“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle said in the filing last month.

If the cost of ingredients jumps, the company said it “may choose to temporarily suspend” serving items such as guacamole or some salsas.

Read the rest of the article HERE: http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/05/news/companies/global-warming-chipotle-guacamole/

The 5 Cleanest Sources of Plant-Based Fats

Avocado-TipsWhat a glorious day it is when you are sent out in search of something fatty to eat! Granted, we’re talking about the healthy stuff, all those mono-saturated and omega-3 rich sources, the middle chain triglycerides — the fatty fats that actually do the body good.

A quick lesson before we get into it: All fats are not created equal. Unfortunately, most of the fats in the modern diet live in the lower, unhealthy spectrum of totem pole. Saturated fats and trans fats are the problem children, causing heart clogging, disease, and those dreaded cholesterol spikes. These naughty fats are found in things like dairy, beef, and bacon, as well as in packaged treats and fast food.

On the other hand, there should be a spoonful of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which actually are instrumental in controlling weight, lowering cholesterol, and even keeping us in a good mood. These good fats are found in a plethora of delicious treats – things we all enjoy but may have been foolishly avoiding because the age-old horse-phooey about a low-fat diet being healthy.

Here are five-plus super sleek choices for eating fatty the vegan way (that is to say knowledgeably and healthfully):

1.  Seeds
Seeds are absolutely delicious accoutrements to all sorts of stuff – salads, sweets, and breads – or just nice by the handful. Saviseeds are actually the highest source of omega-3′s on the planet…

Read the rest of the article HERE: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/the-5-cleanest-sources-of-plant-based-fats/

Frisky Foods: Plants That Can Liven Up Your Libido

bildeBy Andrea Brown, Herald Writer

Forget about 50 shades of gray. Try 50 shapes of green. Stir up the lust with … vegetables? That’s right. Eating plants just might improve performance between the sheets.
Long before the little blue pill, people turned to the garden for a libido booster. This is where lore and science intertwine in some compromising positions. As wacky as it sounds, people can get turned on by the shape, according to a new garden book. We’re talking celery, avocados, bananas and asparagus…Read the rest of the article HERE: http://bit.ly/1ewXUv7

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Amazing Winter Produce

If you’re rolling your grocery cart around the store perimeter and the winter-fresh fruits and veggies seem too lackluster or weird-looking (what is a rutabaga anyway?) to cook up every day, stop and roll back for a second look. Some of the biggest seasonal bargains in the produce aisle (like avocados, pomegranates, root veggies — that’s turnip, parsnip and yes, rutabaga — and all that citrus) pack major flavour and a major health wallop. So here are some easy tips for enjoying these winter gems more often.

Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

Do more than dip into avocado. If you’re saving your avocados for Friday-night guacamole, you’re missing some of this fruit’s best assets. In addition to boosting satisfaction by increasing levels of hormones called incretins that put the brakes on your appetite and slow digestion, munching half of one with your lunch can cut your craving for an afternoon snack by a whopping 40 per cent…

Read the rest of the article HERE: http://bit.ly/1metqrO

New Development in Mexico’s Blood Avocado Cartel

BN-BG550_0127ME_G_20140127220731Vigilantes who kicked out a brutal drug cartel from dozens of towns in the southwestern state of Michoacán agreed Monday to join rural and town police forces, offering Mexico’s government a way to contain the popular paramilitary movement.

Earlier in the day, Mexican officials said they captured Dionisio Loya Plancarte, alleged by authorities to be one of the top leaders of the Knights Templar, an organized-crime group which, along with its predecessor known as La Família, terrorized Michoacán over the last decade.

The capture of Mr. Loya Plancarte and Monday’s agreement come as President Enrique Peña Nieto’s economic overhauls had recently taken a back seat to the violence gripping Michoacán and the rise of the vigilantes…

Read the rest of the article HERE http://on.wsj.com/1iyORhx

Super Bowl Snacks That Fatten Your Portfolio

untitledDip, pizza, chips, wings, and soda are mainstays of any Super Bowl party. During the biggest sporting event of the year, 27 billion calories worth of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, and 41 million bowls of guacamole are expected to be served.

Americans are expected to spend an estimated $50 million-plus to fuel game day gluttony. While spectators chow down on Super Bowl Sunday, revenues for these three companies will be fattening up.

Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW): Gotta have the guac
Game day without guacamole? Unthinkable.

More than 100 million pounds of avocado are expected to be devoured over the Super Bowl weekend, according to the Hass Avocado Board. That number is a 32% increase over last year. With only 8 million pounds of avocados enjoyed in 2000 for the big game, that’s a twelve-fold increase.

Calavo Growers, a small-cap avocado, papaya, and tomato distributor, is on a huge growth trajectory thanks to the ever-growing popularity of salsa and avocados. It is trading near 52-week highs, up 35% over the past year.

Calavo markets for 1,600 growers in California and has alliances or joint ventures with growers in Chile, Mexico, and New Zealand. The company doesn’t elicit much coverage, either in the press or by analysts. That’s a shame because it is outperforming better known competitor Fresh Del Monte Produce.

The amazing growth of avocados’ popularity has allowed Calavo to increase its dividend by 225% since 2002. The yield is now 2.20%.

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP): What’s a party without dips, chips, and soda?
Speaking of guacamole, how can you possibly watch football without chips to scoop it up with?… To read the rest of the article, go to: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/25/super-bowl-snacks-that-fatten-your-portfolio/

For Vigorous Brain and Heart Health, Eat Avocados

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Would you believe that the avocado is considered by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food? It’s considered a superfood by many.

Surprise, it’s not really a vegetable, it’s a fruit. In areas south of the border, it’s often called the alligator pear because of its shape and dark green roughly textured skin.

Though avocados are heavy in calories, those are nutrient dense calories, and the fats are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3. Besides actually being healthy, there are many ways to enjoy avocado, from a few guacamole recipes to mixing into salads and to using it as a meat substitute for sandwiches.

It may be ideal to always buy organic, but you don’t have to with avocados. So far none are GMO, and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has non-organic avocados in their “clean 15″ list with mostly no detectable pesticide residue (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/).

Avocado’s health benefits

(1) Healthy brain: Dr. Daniel G. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life considers avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. The folate in avocado contributes to preventing the formation of brain tangles that are considered a factor for Alzheimer’s.

Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.

(2) Healthy heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL.

Avocados’ vitamin B6 and the natural folic acid from their high amount of folate help regulate homocysteine, which if high is a harbinger of bad heart health. The natural vitamin E and the master antioxidant glutathione in a base of avocado’s monounsaturated fat’s oleic acid are also recognized heart health boosters…

Read the rest of the article HERE