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Raw Chocolate Tart with Fudgy Mousse Filling

16 Aug

This is made with a secret ingredient.An ingredient that you might not suspect would be in a dessert. But it is. And it was what made this recipe so absolutely delicious!

Because of my last post you may have guessed, but the answer is yes it’s avocados!

If avocados are “The World’s Most Perfect Food”, than why not attempt to incorporate it in things other than your typical guacamole!

Avocados are a perfect summer ingredient for foods as they hard high in fiber and healthy fats that keep you satisfied and slim. Like you can see here, they are perfect not only for savory dishes, but sweet! Why use full fat cream in a dessert when you can use an ingredient that will give you the exact same texture, yet filled with only healthy fats?!

Using avocados as the main ingredient for this tart filling offered such a fudgy, decadent, chocolate flavor. This recipe is completely raw, which makes it simple to create with no cooking time, and also keeps all the healthy nutrients in the ingredients instead of baking them all away! You taste what would seem like a full fat chocolate fudge, yet are actually eating a healthy-fat-filled dessert that offers so many benefits to your health. Some people think avocados are bad because of being high in fat, but that is far from the truth. Just viewing the benefits below this recipe will prove that :)

How is your favorite way to use avocados?? I would have said the typical guacamole, or simply just sliced with sea salt a week ago, but after getting creative in the kitchen, I’ve realized the sky is the limit in using avocados!

Did I mention, the filling for this tart can also be eaten on its own as a rich mousse, which is absolutely incredible!

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Raw Chocolate Tart with a Fudge Mousse Filling

Serving: 4 mini tarts

Raw Chocolate Tart:
-1 cup Almonds
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
-6 dates
-3 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
-2 tablespoons Raw Honey
-1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
-Dash of Sea Salt

Fudge Mousse Filling
-1 cup Avocado (about 1/1.5 large avocados)
-3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
-1/4 cup Raw Honey + 1/4 cup Baking Stevia
-1 tsp Vanilla Extract
-1 tsp Instant Coffee

Directions: Place all Tart ingredients into Food Processor and Blend until a crumbly dough forms. Using mini tart pans,, place a handful of dough into the bottom of each ramekin (makes 4), and press up the sides (make sure to leave a thick enough bottom). Freeze for at least 20 minutes. Blend all Filling ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Fill mini tarts with filling, and place in freezer for about 10 minutes. Serve cold.

Avocado Benefits:

1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.

2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients

3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.

4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”

5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.

6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

7) Good source of fiber

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip

14 Aug

Yes, another avocado recipe! They are so delicious and nutritious, I couldn’t help but continue this week with more recipes.

We all love that creamy spinach and artichoke dip, but our waist doesn’t always agree. That is why avocados are a great way to create a healthier version. Avocados are packed with nutrients to provide a vast amount of nutrition, and with all of it’s healthy fats it contains, it keeps that delicious, creamy taste we all love in the typical unhealthy dip.

As I have said in previous posts, avocados are a perfect seasonal ingredient! Not only are they healthy for you, but the are refreshing and very versatile. You may think of using avocados only in guacamole, but that is certainly not the only possibility with this lovely fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Packed with healthy fats, this fruit not only keeps you satisfied longer, but serves as a great substitute for any typical, unhealthy fat in any recipe. If you look back at my last posts, you can see they are even great in desserts!

Missed the benefits of avocado in my last couple posts? Find them below the recipe here!

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Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip
-1 ripe Avocado
-1/4 cup Low Fat Mayonaise
-1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
-4 oz. Spinach, cooked and cooled
-1 Garlic Clove, minced
-1 tablespoon Lime Juice
-1/2 teaspoon each: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Honey
-1/4 teaspoon each: Sea Salt, Red Pepper seasoning

Directions: Place all ingredients except spinach in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add in Spinach and blend for a few seconds. Chill covered in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Avocado Benefits:
1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.
2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients
3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.
4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”
5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.
6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
7) Good source of fiber

Source: http://www.trueactivist.com/avocado-health-benefits-the-worlds-most-perfect-food/

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Avocado Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Chicken

10 Aug

I don’t know what it is about stuffed chicken recipes, but I love them. And I love creating new ones.

Lately I have been loving avocados. Not only because they are delicious, but because when I’m staying away from the typical unhealthy fats for the most part, I need a lot of good fats!  Along with homemade nut butters, avocados are something I eat daily to get those healthy fats.  They not only have tons of good, healthy fats, but they have many other benefits. This makes them a delicious summer ingredient, and not just in guacamole!

Did you know that avocados have been called “The World’s Most Perfect Food”?? And rightfully so! An avocado contains every single nutrient that a person would need to survive.

Avocados are rich in many vitamins, such as A, C, D, E, K, and all of the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

I became so excited when I heard there was a contest involving avocados, and instantly became motivated to create something delicious. I have a few delicious recipes, but today, it’s all about the stuffed chicken! I love pesto.  I just adore that delicious basil taste. That is why I knew I wanted to incorporate it in this recipe creation. The creamy taste of avocados, the flavor of fresh picked basil..I knew I was heading in the right direction.

This is the perfect summer night meal, as even though it may seem like you are indulging, it was made in a very healthy manner! Protein packed and rich in healthy fats, this delicious meal is sure to keep you satisfied, in both hunger and taste.

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 Avocado Artichoke Creamy Pesto Filling
– 2 avocados, flesh
– 1/2 14oz can artichokes, chopped
-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
– 1/4 cup  low fat cottage cheese
-1T lemon juice
-1 teaspoon crushed garlic
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1/2 teaspoon red pepper seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Other:
-4 large Chicken Breasts
-1 T each: dried basil, thyme, onion
-1 tsp each: pepper flakes, garlic powder, sea salt

Directions: In high speed blender or food processor, add all avocado filling ingredients, except artichokes, and blend until smooth. Stir in chopped artichokes. Place in fridge until needed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take out chicken breast, and butterfly with knife (cut breast in half horizontally but not all the way through so that it is still in one piece). Place 1/4 mixture in each breast, and fold back top half of chicken to “close”. In a shallow bowl, mix all the dried seasonings and salt together. Sprinkle rub mixture on each breast on both sides, and place on a cookie pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Cook in oven for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Avocado Benefits:

1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.

2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients

3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.

4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”

5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.

6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

7) Good source of fiber

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

No Sugar Chocolate Avocado Mousse & Avocado Benefits

6 Jun

Say what?! A mousse made of avocado? and no sugar added?! Yep, you read it right!

Last night I was really craving a sweet treat, but with being on week three of my sugar detox, I knew I wasn’t about to cave in for any chocolate, or even one of my many delicious protein shakes I usually have every night!

Since being home for the summer, my mom and I have been eating avocados like crazy, going through a bag a week! But I guess when you’re eating clean and not a ton of junk food, avocados are a great healthy fat to turn to when wanting something satisfying. Health facts included below :)

I knew I had used avocados many times in smoothies before to add a creamy texture, so I thought, why not try making a mousse out of it? So that is exactly what I did. And the result was incredible, satisfying my sweet craving absolutely perfectly.

Avocados are such a nutrient-dense food. What are the benefits? Here they are according to natural news:

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-Healthy Brain: The folate in avocados contribute to preventing formation of brain tangles that end in Alzheimers. They are also loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that is proven to prevent Alzheimers
Healthy Heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that boost heart health and lower blood pressure
-Pregancy: Folic acid helps the fetus develop its brain and other vital organs
-Eye Health: Contains carotenoid leutein, that specializes in protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage
-Blood Pressure: Combination of high potassium content(30% more than banana), with omega-3 and oleic acid reduce blood pressure
-Blood sugar: High soluble fiber prevents blood sugar spikes and the monounsaturated fat prevents insulin resistance (a source of type2 diabetes)
-Anti-Inflammatory: Contains an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavenoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents
-Anti-aging: The antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It replenishes and recycles other antioxidants in the body. Avocados are one of the rare foods that contain a good amount of glutathione
-Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine’s mucous lining, which improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
-Cancer: Avocados can help protect again prostate and berate cancers

Convinced you should eat these delicious green fruits? (YES! It’s a fruit!) It’s so easy to incorporate them into your daily diet, whether eating them sliced with eggs on toast for breakfast, on a salad for lunch, sprinkled with a little lemon and salt for a snack, or by making my avocado mousse for dessert!

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse
-1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped
-1 ripe banana, peeled, chopped
-1/4 cup almond milk
-2T cocoa powder
-1T nut butter (I chose PB)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Chill for at least one hour. Enjoy! I added fruit in with mine, and it was delicious. Top with whatever you desire.

 

For healthy facts and information about avocados, check out this lovely lady’s blog at http://fifisskinnymunch.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/super-food-avocado/