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#Cod is one of the most Eco-friendly #fish. It also happens to be very easy to cook and perfectly flaky consistency for babies to eat. There’s very little need to add salt to a babies diet, so I just cooked the cod with a olive oil and herbs de Provence. About 3 minutes on each side. I let it cool down before I shred it.  
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#Ours: mixed cod with onion, olives, lime, tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh basil. 
#His: shredded cod, which I will later add to his pre-cooked purees or use as finger foods (to get those fine motor skills working!). I also froze cucumber slices so he can use them as teething “toys.” 
#babyfood #babycook #motorskills #ecofriendly #omega3 #healthyfat #healthymeals #familymeals #Bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#Cod is one of the most Eco-friendly #fish. It also happens to be very easy to cook and perfectly flaky consistency for babies to eat. There’s very little need to add salt to a babies diet, so I just cooked the cod with a olive oil and herbs de Provence. About 3 minutes on each side. I let it cool down before I shred it.
Pictured:
#Ours: mixed cod with onion, olives, lime, tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh basil.
#His: shredded cod, which I will later add to his pre-cooked purees or use as finger foods (to get those fine motor skills working!). I also froze cucumber slices so he can use them as teething “toys.”
#babyfood #babycook #motorskills #ecofriendly #omega3 #healthyfat #healthymeals #familymeals #Bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

I’ve tried my fair share of #guacs, but @amarantobklyn has one of the best so far! If you are in #Bushwick, you should give them a try. #Avocados are packed with #antioxidants and #antiinflammatory properties. The high fat (#healthyfat) also helps absorb #fatsolublevitamins. A quarter of an avocado has 75 calories, loads of #unsaturated fat, and 3 grams of fiber. #Guacamole-on! #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #homemadefood #homemadetortillas #corntortillas (at Amaranto)

I’ve tried my fair share of #guacs, but @amarantobklyn has one of the best so far! If you are in #Bushwick, you should give them a try. #Avocados are packed with #antioxidants and #antiinflammatory properties. The high fat (#healthyfat) also helps absorb #fatsolublevitamins. A quarter of an avocado has 75 calories, loads of #unsaturated fat, and 3 grams of fiber. #Guacamole-on! #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #homemadefood #homemadetortillas #corntortillas (at Amaranto)

#CannedSalmon!!! If you are like me, you love fish but you definitely don’t like the smell of it after cooking. Canned salmon has a ton of #omega3fattycids, #calcium, and #protein. And wild, Alaskan salmon has very low #mercury levels. I mixed it with #horseradish (an underused condiment, if you ask me…), lime, and S&P. Follow @lazynutritionist for more tips and tricks to healthy eating! #bushwick #salmon #healthyfat

#CannedSalmon!!! If you are like me, you love fish but you definitely don’t like the smell of it after cooking. Canned salmon has a ton of #omega3fattycids, #calcium, and #protein. And wild, Alaskan salmon has very low #mercury levels. I mixed it with #horseradish (an underused condiment, if you ask me…), lime, and S&P. Follow @lazynutritionist for more tips and tricks to healthy eating! #bushwick #salmon #healthyfat

Avoca-do!

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Avocados are one of my favorite foods of ALL TIME! And what better way to eat them than in guacamole on Guacamole Day (who knew?!), which fittingly falls on Mexico’s Independence Day! Avocados are originally from Central and South America, but most recently about 90-95% of the avocados in the U.S. come from California. There are 80 different varieties, but the most common and most likely to be found in your local grocery store is Haas. 

Nutritionally Speaking

Avocados are jam-packed with healthy properties. They are known as cancer-fighting foods largely due to their anti-inflammatory components (phytosterols) and high antioxidant content, which has also shown to help arthritic symptoms. Most of their fat is monounsaturated, which means that they play a role in decreasing the risk of heart disease. Their high level of oleic acid helps our gut absorb fat-soluble nutrients, especially two key carotenoid antioxidants (lycopene and beta-carotene)—research has shown up to 200-400% increased absorption! Avocados also promote blood sugar control, since a regular-sized avocado only has 1.5 grams of sugar and 12 grams of fiber! 

An average-sized avocado is about 6 oz or 180 grams (a small-sized fist).Since portion control is so important in healthy eating, the nutrition facts below are based on half an avocado or about 3 ounces.

  • Calories: 150 calories
  • Total fat: 13.50 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.50 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g, 0.75 g from sugar
  • Fiber: 6 g of fiber

Each serving has about 15–25% of our daily value of 13 vitamins including A, C, E, K and 9 B vitamins! They are also a rich source of potassium with about 430mg per serving.

Do You Need to Buy Organic?

Nah! Avocados are #2 on the “Clean-Fifteen List” with the lowest amount of pesticides.

How to Peel?

Your choice! My only suggestion is that no avocado be left behind—the greatest concentration of antioxidants occurs in the dark green flesh beneath the skin.

How to Pick?

A ripe, ready-to-eat avocado is slightly soft but should have no dark, sunken spots or cracks. A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or fruit basket at room temperature within a few days. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Choose an avocado with a slight “neck” rather than a rounded top—this means that it was tree-ripened and has better flavor!

How to Store?

Avocados ripen better outside of the fridge, but once ripe save them in the fridge for up to one week. The challenging part comes once they are sliced! They get yucky and brown within an hour. A few tips to prevent browning are: 1.) Sprinkle with lemon juice; 2.) Refrigerate in a plastic container; 3.) Use an Avo Saver (very fancy and efficient!); or 4.) Cover packed guacamole with a thin layer of water to prevent oxidation. The last is a great tip from The Kitchn.

Ideas on How to Cook & Serve

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  • Blend in a smoothie. Dig Inn has a tasty option including avocado, green apple, agave nectar, lime juice and organic soy milk. Just watch the calories, since this 16-ounce shake is almost 400 calories! 
  • Use as a spread on whole grain bread or gluten-free crackers.Add a pinch of salt or spice, such as ginger or turmeric. Yum!
  • Garnish salads with avocado, not only on account of the taste but also to increase absorption of antioxidants!
  • Use in sandwiches, wraps or on egg/omelets.Choose avocado instead of cheese for less calories and healthier fat breakdown.
  • Try this awesome creamy avocado dressing from Closet Cooking.Buttermilk can be made with 1 cup of skim milk and 1 TBS of lemon juice. Ditch the mayo! 

What’s your favorite avo-recipe?

Originally posted on NYHRC Tumblr 

Written and photographed by Alanna Cabrero, MS, RD 

Avocados. World’s Healthiest Foods. 

 Edited by TCabrarr 

Spice Up Your Guac!

imageAvocados are my favorite fruit. I honestly can eat them with anything (or even on their own). That said, I can’t get enough guacamole! So, I decided to break down the infamous guacamole recipe.

Spicy Guacamole

Servings: to share.

Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados
  • ¼ white, medium-sized onion (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 ½ limes
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • ½ medium-sized tomato (preferably organic or local)
  • ½ - 1 red chile serrano (optional, but delicious!)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Step 1: Mince white onion and red serrano. Place in a cup. Ahem, the Mexican flag with veggies…

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Step 2: Add lime juice to mix. This will help soften the skin of the onion and serrano, making it easier to digest, and will even out the taste.

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Step 3: Mince cilantro and mix in with serrano, onion, and lime juice.

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Step 4: Mash avocados.

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Step5: Combine avocados with onion, serrano, lime, and cilantro. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Step6:Cut tomatoes in small pieces. Eliminate any juice from the tomatoes; this will only make the guacamole soggy. Add tomatoes right before serving.

Step7: Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Step8: Enjoy with whole, grain or corn tortillas!