I spent this morning cleaning out my several piles of stuff and thought todays post will be a hodgepodge of cool tips, handy kitchen ideas and a killer fruit guacamole recipe. Enjoy!
Workout cravings are little messages from the brain that your body has depleted something that is needed for repair, development and growth.
Here are some of the common cravings and what they mean!
Salt – indicates dehydration
Solution – drink more water before, during and after your workout
Fatty Foods – your brain’s alert that you need fat.
Solution – consume some good fats found in nuts, avocados and olive oil.
Sugar – can mean you need either more lean protein or more carbohydrates.
Solution – to prevent this craving eat brown rice and whole grains that keep your blood sugar levels even and lean protein like egg whites and fish and chicken to fend off this craving!
The bottom line is to drink lots of water throughout the day, consume enough calories to keep your body going strong and make sure you balance your intake with the appropriate ratio of protein, carbs, and “good fats”.
How to Choose a Mango
Look for an unblemished mango with a skin that yields gentle pressure from your thumb. Check for a fruity aroma at the stem end too. Ignore color – they can vary from green to red blush to yellow orange. If you need some help cutting this pesky fruit click here.
Long Lasting Lettuce
Lettuce is one of those things that doesn’t usually last too long. It wilts or it rots and gets slimy. yuck. The main reason lettuce spoils so quickly is due to excessive moisture. More moisture means more gases, like ethylene, which speed up ripening and spoilage in fruits and veggies.
The solution? Rinse lettuce and shake off excessive moisture. Wrap in paper towels in bunches, layer upon layer and place in a zip-loc bag. This process will absorb moisture without dehydrating the leaves.
A New Twist on Guacamole - will be making this Tuesday night
- 2 Haas avocados
- 1⁄2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1⁄2 shallot, diced
- 1⁄2 mango, peeled and diced
- 1⁄2 yellow peach, peeled and diced
- 1⁄2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
- 1⁄4 habanero pepper, seeds removed, minced
- 1 tsp sliced basil
- Using a small knife, cut each avocado in half and remove the pit.
- Cut the flesh of each avocado lengthwise 4 times, then crosswise 4 times to form small cubes.
- Scoop cubes into a medium mixing bowl and mash with a fork until chunky.
- Stir in the next 7 ingredients and season with salt.
- Serve immediately with warm corn tortillas or chips.