Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don't don't eat an avocado! Also, a sexy man helps you choose fruit

I was asked the dos and don'ts of eating avocados today on a thread I started on a local messageboard today about ripe avocados. Here it is:


DO eat an avocado. It is fatty and creamy and delicious!
Do put an avocado on your fried egg sandwich.
Do eat an avocado that yields gently to pressure.
Do eat avocado fudge and avocado mousse.
Do make guacamole.
Do eat avocado on toast with salt and pepper.
Do make an avocado and banana smoothie.
Do wrap a partially eaten avo in plastic wrap.
Do use avocado as a spread-- it is nature's mayo.
Do know that avocados have the best potassium: sodium ratio of any food, so it's an amazing complement to salty chips if you want to go there.
Do know that an avocado is also called an alligator pear. How awesome is that?

DON'T DON'T eat an avocado!
Don't eat the brown spots.
Don't eat the skin.
Don't wash the avocado of your hands when you get it on them. Rub it on your skin first and THEN wash it off. It's good for your skin!
Don't buy/eat avocados that are super mushy.
Don't leave a half eaten avocado laying around. It will get brown.
Don't believe avocados are bad for you because they are fatty. They have lots of good fats and other benefits.

Don't believe that putting an avocado pit in your guacamole will keep it from browning. It is bullshit (but will do no harm).[/quote]

Yes, this is my avocado fudge, and yes-- it is AMAZING!

Then I got a quick schooling on avocados:

[quote="Umbrageous"]What I just learned about avocados in about six minutes:

Wikipedia says you can grow them indoors, but it takes six years.

They look like bald kiwis.

Canada produced 10,000 tons of kiwis in 2007, but isn't even in the top 20 producers of avocados.

They're poisonous to animals.

It's called an alligator pear because it's a corruption of the Nahuatl word ahuacatl. [/quote]

Then after some discussion, I learned that you can grow an avocado in conditions other than superhot conditions, but it may take six years. I also learned that in choosing a ripe avocado, Stooge said you can "try to flick off the little stub left over from the stem. If it comes off easily, avocado be ripe." This trick seems awesome because a) not much is more delicious than a ripe avocado and b) if the l'il stem is out of the picture, you won't need to go fishing for it in your half-made guacamole. NIIIICE!

And while we're on the subject of niiiiice, locals poster craig ferguson linked a video of Rener Gracie showing us how to choose fruit. He's passionate, knowledgeable and handsome as hell. I could watch handsome, fit men talk enthusiastically about healthy food all night.... and maybe I will. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dragon Balls were on TV!

So, I was on live TV today! It was much more fun and way less terrifying than I expected. I was invited on CTV Morning Live (a show with way more viewers than I had imagined) to showcase some products from my company Crowbar Real Foods.  I chose to make Dragon Balls, one of our latest products- something that Brucifer and I eat at home all the time-- for a breakfast treat, as a snack, whenever we want something delicious and energizing. 

As promised to some of our facebook fans, here's how to make Dragon Balls!

Dragon Balls:

1 c. brown rice crisp cereal (like rice crispies, but organic and healthier)
1 c.unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 c. raw cacao powder
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/2 c. natural peanut butter, unsweetened
1/2 c. brown rice syrup or local honey

Mix together, roll into balls and enjoy! Top with a cacao nib or other pretty antioxidant-laden decoration if you wish.

Most everything should be able to be found at your local health food store or health food section. Let me know if you have any questions or if the Dragon Ball has helped you through your day!