Amazing Benefits of Avocados 

Now I love avocados!! 🥑 Not only are they nutritious, taste amazing and are wonderful with salads, chicken or by themselves!! Now I always knew how healthy avocados are but I wanted to share with you some of the health benefits that come with this delicious vegetable. 

1. Aids with cardiovascular health.

2. Helps lower LDL cholesterol.

3. Aids in decreasing high blood triglyceride levels.

4. Promotes healthy blood pressure.

5. Promotes healthy blood sugar.

6. Aids in cancer prevention.

7. Healthy for pregnant women.

8. Good for your eyes as avocados contain Lutein.

9. Helps with anti-aging.

10. Aids with digestion. 

11. Is an immune booster.

12. Is a great source of fiber. 

Avocados also have 35% more potassium than bananas. 

So, make sure you pick up a few Avocados on your next trip to the farmer’s market!!!! 

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Gluten & Soy Free Chocolate Cake

I have been searching for healthy recipes that are not only low in calories, but are also gluten and dairy free. I discovered this recipe on my journey to healthy living and I wanted to share it with you. The great thing about it is that it needs only 3 ingredients!!!! Of course, when I saw that I said to myself, “This is not going to taste like a cake!!” Lol!! Well, I was wrong. 

First, for one small cake, you will need:

Ingredients: 

1 Banana

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon on Unsweetened Cocoa 

Instructions: 

1. Mix ingredients in a mixer or blender.

2. Pour into a small bowls that you can use in your over. 

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 

Now, I made two small cakes so my husband and I could both try it at the same time. To be honest, the taste was amazing and it was tasty healthy desert. So, give it a try and let me know what you think!!! 😃

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Banana Bread Recipe & Health Benefits of Bananas

One of my favorite things to bake is banana bread, so I thought today I would share with you my recipe along with the health benefits of bananas! 

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 large eggs

3 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon almond milk

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

2. Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the almond milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients & mix. 

5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.

Health Benefits of Bananas


Enjoy!!! 😃

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Soups On – Escarole Soup

One of my favorite things to cook is homemade soup. I guess for me it is comfort food – perfect for a chilly or rainy night & simple to make. It is one of my favorite recipes and I love making it for my husband.  Now I have a tendency to make up my own recipes and this is one of them. So, as I share my version of escarole soup with you, please understand that I use a little dash of this and a little dash of that….lol.  😃


Ingredients:

One head of escarole

 1 onion

1 clove of garlic  

1 bag of tortellini

1 package of Italian sweet sausage (about 5 links of Italian sausage) 

2-3 boxes of chicken stock 

Olive oil, ground garlic, black pepper and red pepper, Italian Seasoning

Directions: 

1. In a large soup pot, pour some olive oil into the pot. Dice up one onion and garlic and put it in with the olive oil. Sautée at low heat. 

2. While onion and garlic are sautéing, cut escarole into pieces. Put into the soup pot with  sautéed garlic and onion and stir. The escarole will cook down. 

3. Once cook down, add your 2-3 boxes of chicken stock. Cut your Italian sausage into small bite size pieces. Put the diced sausage and pour one bag of tortellini into the chicken stock. 

4. Put on medium heat and add seasonings (garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, Italian Seasoning) to your soup. Now I just add my seasonings and go by taste. 

5. Cook soup on low to medium heat for approximately 45 – 1 hour. 

6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on the top!! 

🍂 Enjoy!!! 🍁

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‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen in Tap Water of More than 200 Million Americans


EWG estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans – more than two-thirds of the population – contain unsafe levels of chromium-6.

Source: ‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen in Tap Water of More than 200 Million Americans

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Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

I just love fall!! Now I know that technically it is not here yet, but I’m starting to get excited about the change of season.  Yesterday, we noticed that the leaves on some of the trees in our area are beginning to change colors. 🍁 Football season has started, there is a slightly cooler breeze in the air and I have started making some of my favorite fall recipes. So, if you like pancakes, you are going to love this Pumkin Pancake Recipe. It is light, tastes wonderful and really easy to make. Let me know what you think if you make it this season.

1. Whisk together: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 tablespoons sugar; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt; 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; and a pinch of ground cloves. 

2. In a different bowl, stir together 1 cup almond coconut milk, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 egg. 

3. Fold mixture into dry ingredients. 

4. Spray skillet with a non-stick spray. Pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!! 

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Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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With Autumn approaching, I started looking at some of my favorite recipes for the season. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, fall soups and the list goes on!! Lol!! One simple recipe that I found in my recipe box is roasting pumpkin seeds!! Quick and easy to do, they make a fantastic fall snack to have especially during football season!!! 

To state the obvious, you need to get a fresh pumpkin and have some olive oil and salt on hand. 

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl. Then clean the seeds. 

Then you need to dry the seeds. Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.
Now add some spices.  One idea is to toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes. For a something sweet, toss them with cinnamon and sugar. 
Enjoy!!!! 🎃

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