The Avocado, or “Alligator Pear,” is an amazing fruit full of vitamins, minerals and even protein. Avocados are fantastic sources for good cardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, and anti-cancer benefits. As a vegetarian, avocados are a staple in my diet. I put them on salads, in smoothies, on top of veggie burgers, and along side my rice and beans. Veggie California Roles with avocados are also a favorite meal of mine. Next time you head to your local grocery store or farmers market, pick up some organic avocados and try the following suggestions.
Avocado is a wonderful facial cleanser. Step one-mash up a whole avocado with a fork in a medium sized bowl. Step two-add one teaspoon of honey for dry skin or one teaspoon of lemon juice for normal to oily skin. Blend well. Step three-massage mixture into face and neck with fingers. Leave mask on for fifteen minutes then rinse off with warm water. Enjoy your glowing skin!
Avocado Hair Mask
There are moisturizing and conditioning benefits to using avocados in your hair. Create shine and body by following these directions. Step one-thoroughly mix together one avocado, one egg yolk, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Step two-wet hair with warm water and massage mixture into scalp and throughout hair. Step three-cover saturated hair with shower cap. If you don’t have a shower cap a plastic bag may be used. Step three-use hair dryer for twenty minutes. Step four-completely rinse mask out of hair. Step five-shampoo and condition hair and style as usual.
Guacamole is the perfect dip for entertaining or for when you’re relaxing in front of the television. Follow this recipe for your next shindig. Step one-mash two ripe avocados in a mixing bowl with a fork. Step two-add ½ cup of minced red onions, two tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro leaves, one tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of coarse salt, a dash of black pepper and top with ½ chopped ripe tomato. Step three-don’t forget your favorite chips.
Avocado is a fantastic first food for your baby. They’re smooth and creamy and easily digestible. Avocados are nutritious and healthy food for babies because they contain vitamins A, C, and folate and minerals potassium, iron, and calcium. Simply mash up avocados with a fork and serve. Breast milk/formula can be added to thin or rice cereal can be added to thicken.