Read This Before Eating Brown Guacamole

Besides depending on the avocado as its main ingredient, guacamole has another thing in common with the fruit from which it is made: Both seem fresh and bright green at first, but look away for a second and they turn an unappetizing brown color. While this hue that both avocados and guacamole quickly take on may make it seem like they have gone bad, that is not actually the case.

According to Food Network, if the guacamole has been stored in a refrigerator for no more than three days, the dip — even if brown in color — is absolutely safe to eat. The site explains that the brown color comes from a process called oxidization. Much like an apple, when an avocado is sliced into, its enzymes react with oxygen in a way that the surface area exposed to it becomes brown. This is perhaps why you’ll only ever see the top layer of the guacamole turn brown whereas the dip beneath it is usually still a vibrant green color.

While the hue certainly changes, oxidization affects neither the flavor of the food nor its nutritional value, which is why it’s perfectly safe to eat. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the mucky color is not a particularly pleasant sight to dig into, and so, with the help of a few tricks, you can stop your guacamole from oxidizing and turning brown.

How To Prevent Guacamole From Turning Brown

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Some, like food site Eat This, Not That! suggest placing an avocado pit on top of homemade or store-bought guacamole to prevent it from turning brown. Others, however, argue that there are far better and more foolproof ways to do this. Pure Wow claims that using lemons and limes is the preferred way — the acidity will react with browning enzymes much before oxygen does to prevent the guacamole from browning. They suggest brushing the citrus juice over the guacamole before storing it

A layer of olive oil, cooking spray, or water on top of the guacamole can also act as a barrier between the dip and oxygen. Tightly wrapping the dip in plastic wrap so that no oxygen gets trapped in between the two layers is another option. Real Simple cautions that citrus juices greatly change the taste of the dip, plastic seals are hard to wrap tight, and avocado pits are quite frankly useless in this situation. Instead, they found that a layer of water works best and leaves behind little to no discoloration without affecting the taste and texture of the creamy dip. Today also vouches for the water method and deems it the “most effective” of all to stop guacamole from oxidizing and changing its color.

Article by Khyati Dand for Mashed©

Source: Read This Before Eating Brown Guacamole (msn.com)

Sip on green tea throughout the day to help reduce belly fat.

Pass the matcha or cuppa green tea, please. “Tea’s antioxidants are credited for doing everything from helping to protect against heart disease and cancer to revving metabolism,” says Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, The Nutrition Twins, founders of The 21-Day Body Reboot.

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“Green tea has been shown to increase fat loss by reducing food intake, increasing fat burning, and suppressing the formation of fat cells. To shrink belly fat, sip it throughout the day, aiming to drink 4-6 teacups daily (teacups are smaller than regular cups and hold 4-5 ounces),” they continue, adding that green tea contains caffeine, which may help with body fat reduction as well.

Check out our guide to green tea brands here.

By Perri O. Blumberg

Source: 6 Drinking Habits to Melt Belly Fat (msn.com)

Downsides of Eating a Banana Every Day

Bananas are the perfect food in so many ways. They make the perfect grab-and-go snack, cereal topper, smoothie base, and of course, a staple “bread” ingredient. Not only are they sweet and satisfying, but they are loaded with nutrients.

“As a nutritionist, we love to recommend bananas for all the powerful benefits they provide. Bananas are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and packed with complex carbohydrates and vitamin B6, which helps to keep you energized,” says registered dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RDN.

But as is the case with anything, when eaten in excess, bananas may cause some negative side effects. Here are 5 downsides nutrition experts tell us about eating bananas every day.

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1. They may leave you hungry.

“Because bananas are very low in fat and protein, the majority of calories in bananas come from carbohydrates. If breakfast or a snack only consists of a banana, you might find yourself feeling unsatisfied or still hungry immediately after eating,” says Amber Pankonin, MS, RD, registered dietitian, and owner of the Stirlist. “Personally, I prefer to pair bananas with a protein source like cheese or peanut butter so that I can make sure to balance the carbohydrate content with a protein source.”

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2. They’re not great for people with high potassium levels or kidney diseases.

“People with high potassium levels may also have kidney disease or kidney issues. Limiting certain foods high in potassium (such as bananas, oranges, watermelon, etc.) can help you feel better and prevent the progression of the disease,” says Melendez-Klinger.

Adds Pankonin, “This is because those with advanced kidney disease are not able to properly remove potassium from the blood. High potassium levels could potentially lead to heart attack or death.” 

3. They may cause gas or bloat.

“For some individuals, bananas might cause gas and bloating due to the amount of soluble fiber and natural sugar alcohols that are found in bananas,” says Pankonin. “Even though soluble fiber is needed in the diet, too much might cause feelings of gas or bloating [immediately afterwards].” Cut back on bananas to reduce bloat.

4. You shouldn’t eat them if you’re taking certain medications.

“There are certain medications that interact with foods so make sure to ask your doctor or dietitian to see if any of the medications you take may have an interaction with foods,” says Melendez-Klinger.

Two types of medication that you should avoid eating bananas with are ACE inhibitors (such as lisinopril, enalapril, or ramipril) and spironolactone. That’s because they raise blood potassium levels, according to Harvard Medical School.

5. They’re not necessarily low carb diet-friendly.

“In general, bananas are a convenient fruit source that contain calories mostly from carbohydrates,” says Pankonin. One medium-sized banana contains 27 grams of carbs. So, if you’re on a low-carb diet, bananas may put your carb count over the edge.

Article by Emily Shiffer for Eat This, Not That©

Source: 5 Surprising Downsides of Eating a Banana Every Day (msn.com)

7-Day 1200-Calorie Meal Plan

Continuing your weight-loss journey? Don’t miss these tasty and healthy dinner recipes.

We’ve made sure you won’t feel deprived with these hearty lower-calorie breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Our meal plan comes in below 1200 calories, leaving you 300-400 calories for sides, snacks and drinks to balance out your day.

Day 1 Breakfast: Carrot Cake Oatmeal

197 calories

This warm breakfast cereal made in the slow cooker is a great way to get your veggies in the morning and keep a healthy diet! For extra crunch, I garnish individual servings with ground walnuts or pecans.—Debbie Kain, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Day 1 Lunch: Chicken Tzatziki Cucumber Boats

312 calories

I’ve tended a garden for decades, and these colorful “boats” made from cucumbers hold my fresh tomatoes, peas and dill. It’s absolute garden greatness. —Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland

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Day 1 Dinner: Potato-Topped Ground Beef Skillet

313 calories

The depth of flavor in this recipe is amazing, and I never have leftovers when I take it to potlucks. I love recipes that I can cook and serve in the same skillet. If your butcher has chili grind beef, which is coarsely ground, go for that; it lends an extra-meaty texture. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas

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By Peggy Woodward, RDN for Taste of Home©

See more 7-Day recipe’s by clicking the link below.

Source: 7-Day 1200-Calorie Meal Plan (msn.com)

What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?

If you are going to try drinking cherry juice for any health benefits, you’ll want to make sure that it is pure tart cherry juice, made with Montmorency cherries. These cherries, sometimes called “sour” cherries, have a deep red color and a sweet-tart flavor profile on their own. This type of cherry has been studied more than any other for its unique nutrition profile. You’ll find them mostly grown in Michigan, but also in other pockets across the United States. Look for pure cherry juice (not diluted) and brands that skip any added sugar.

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The deliciously tart drink has several potential health benefits, and many researchers are conducting studies to uncover even more gains in the field of cardiovascular health and even cancer. Here are seven distinct uses that may sway you to start a tart cherry juice regiment.

1) Packs a Nutritious Punch

First and foremost, tart cherries are packed with a ton of vitamins and nutrients in just one serving of juice. “[It] contains a significant amount of Vitamin A and C as well as some manganese, potassium, copper, zinc and some vitamin K,” says Jordan Mazur, MS, RD, a professional sports dietitian and nutrition director for the San Francisco 49ers. One serving also includes 56 mg of flavonoids, including anthocyanins which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants help slow down damage to your cells and reduce inflammation. Too much inflammation in the body can lead to diseases like cancer and heart disease.

2) Treats Sore Muscles

Fitness aficionados — and athletes in particular — began to pay more attention to cherry juice when researchers began examining its effects on recovery.

People started to notice cherry juice when it came to reducing muscle soreness. Numerous studies, including this 2010 item from the International Journal of Sports Nutrition, looks at cherry juice for pain reduction after long-distance running. The results suggested that, compared to the placebo group, there was a reduction in soreness after drinking tart cherry juice for seven days.

“Overall, tart cherry juice intake in the days leading up to and immediately following intense physical exercise may reduce muscle strength loss and soreness. It may also speed up recovery,” says Mazur. “There are a lot of studies that have looked at the markers of muscle damage and how tart cherry juice can improve certain biomarkers of muscle damage after exercise.”

3) Increases Exercise Endurance

Tart cherry juice can help with strength and soreness, and it may also help optimize overall endurance for athletes over time. According to a 2020 meta-analysis, considering ten studies in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, tart cherry concentrate may enhance endurance exercise performance because of its low-glycemic index, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative capacity, and blood-flow enhancing effects. This validates Mazur’s stance that inflammation can be neutralized by tart cherry juice, allowing for less soreness and a quicker recovery.

4) Enhances Sleep

Tossing and turning all night? Tart cherry juice is being studied as a viable solution to improve your sleep hygiene over time. Tart cherries are one of the foods high in melatonin, a hormone that is naturally produced in our body that helps regulate our internal circadian clocks, which is found in some foods. Many people take OTC Melatonin pills to help with sleep.

In a randomized controlled study published in the Journal of European Nutrition in 2011, data suggested that the consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate “provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

5) Fights Inflammation

It’s advice you’ve likely heard a million times, but chronic inflammation can exacerbate countless chronic conditions — and anything that can protect us against it is good. It’s why there are so many diets focused on anti-inflammatory foods.

“The anthocyanins, which are compounds found naturally in the fruit, have anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for those with chronic pain or inflammatory conditions,” explains Mazur.

Anti-inflammatory compounds like anthocyanins can protect our cells against damage, which otherwise can lead to issues like heart disease and poor cardiovascular health.

6) Targets Gout and Other Forms of Arthritis

There is also some research that shows tart cherry juice might help with gout, a form of painful arthritis that often impacts the big toe. This 2019 study showed promise in reducing flare-ups and there are more current studies in progress. The thought is that tart cherries have an impact on reducing levels of uric acid.

“Some preliminary studies show that tart cherry juice helps slightly lower pain and stiffness in those with arthritis after consuming consistently,” says Mazur. Most of the studies have been done around osteoarthritis, where the cartilage of the joint lining thins, and more research is needed to confirm how beneficial exposure may be.

7) Decreases High Blood Pressure

A small study done by Northumbria University in New Castle on hypertensive men saw promising results with reduction in high blood pressure, a change effected by drinking Montmorency cherry juice concentrate that was equivalent to that of taking medication. Another study, from the journal Food & Function that conscripted both men and women in its methods, showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Although these studies weren’t as large as some of the others, they showed results promising enough to signal the need for continued studies.

What are the side effects of drinking tart cherry juice?

Tart cherry juice is relatively safe for most, but it contains a high amount of sorbitol natural sugar alcohol also found in prunes and berries — this may also cause frequent bloating and gas, and diarrhea in some cases, if too much is consumed. Those with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis (or other stomach conditions!) should be conscious if this is causing gastrointestinal issues. While Mazur says that a 16oz glass of tart cherry juice daily should be safe for most individuals, discussing an appropriate portion size with your healthcare provider is crucial if you have any preexisting gastrointestinal conditions.

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Source: Tart Cherry Juice Contains a Seriously Shocking Amount of Natural Melatonin (msn.com)

What To Do About Rosacea

You’ve consulted with a dermatologist and learned that the signs and symptoms you’ve been experiencing are in fact a recognized and treatable medical disorder called rosacea. It’s a huge relief to finally know what it is and get it under control.

But the initial visit with your doctor is just the beginning. Even though your symptoms may already be improving, to keep rosacea at bay it’s critical to take the next step: become a partner with your physician in managing your condition.

Follow your doctor’s advice.

Rosacea can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be reduced or sent into remission through medical therapy and lifestyle changes. Your physician will work with you to determine the treatment regimen that works best in your individual case. It’s important to use any prescription as directed, and to meet with your doctor regularly so he or she can monitor your progress.

Complying with long-term medical therapy can seem like a demanding commitment, and it may be tempting to stop using a medication if it doesn’t work right away — or to quit as soon as your signs and symptoms improve. However, it usually takes several weeks or even months before the effects of medical therapy are noticeable on your skin, so you may not be allowing enough time for treatment to work. And while it may seem odd to continue treating symptoms that aren’t there, rosacea is a chronic disorder characterized by remissions and flare-ups, so sticking with a consistent long-term preventive therapy will help ensure that your condition stays in remission or under control.

Take care of your skin.

In addition to medication, a gentle skin care regimen may also help maintain remission, as many rosacea patients have found that incorporating medical therapy into their daily facial care routine is a painless and efficient way to comply with treatment.

Begin each day with a thorough but gentle facial cleansing. Use a mild cleanser that is not abrasive, and spread it with your fingertips. Avoid using rough wash cloths, brushes or loofahs, as abrasive items can irritate sensitive skin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water, and use a thick cotton towel to blot your face dry without tugging or pulling the skin.

Let your face dry thoroughly before applying any topical medication, moisturizer or makeup. Topical medication may be applied before or after moisturizer — just be sure to let the skin dry before applying each product.

Repeat the cleansing process at night to remove any makeup or dirt accumulated throughout the day. Air dry and apply your topical medication. See our skin care and cosmetics section for more tips.

Identify and avoid your triggers.

Rosacea triggers are environmental and lifestyle factors that may cause a sufferer to experience a flare-up of signs and symptoms. Here are the most common rosacea trigger factors, according to an NRS survey of 1,066 rosacea patients:

While the list of potential tripwires may at first appear overwhelming, not every rosacea patient will be affected by each one, and what may cause a reaction in one patient may not in another. To help determine your individual rosacea triggers, try keeping a diary that tracks what you ate, weather conditions, stress levels and other factors that might affect your condition. After two or more weeks of daily diary use, review the entries and look for items that seem to coincide with flare-ups and eliminate those factors wherever possible. If eliminating these factors minimizes flare-ups, you have probably identified the key personal trigger factors you should avoid to help keep your rosacea under control.

Take care of your mental health too.

The potential psychological and social impact of rosacea should not be underestimated or ignored. The conspicuous redness, blemishes and swelling caused by rosacea can take a significant toll on self-confidence and self-esteem, and the uncertainty about when a flare-up might occur can increase stress and anxiety. NRS patient surveys have found that the disorder can affect personal and workplace interactions, cause sufferers to avoid social engagements, and subject them to insensitive questions and stares from strangers.

You can help turn the situation around by taking appropriate action to manage emotional stress, a leading trigger factor. Many patients also find that passing information about rosacea on to family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers both reduces awkwardness and boosts confidence. And fortunately, the majority of rosacea patients surveyed have reported that their emotional and social well-being improved once their condition was effectively under control.

Millions of people suffer from rosacea, yet increasing numbers have achieved substantial control over their disorder. The best defense in conquering rosacea is to comply with long-term medical therapy and minimize lifestyle and environmental factors that aggravate you

Source: What to Do Now | Rosacea.org

Celebrities with Rosacea

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that can be controlled to some extent but can’t be completely cured. In 2011, one study found that almost half of UK adults reported symptoms of rosacea to their doctor and although it normally occurs after the age of 30, Dr Tabi Leslie, London dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, says that there has been a rise in younger patients.

Celebrities with rosacea include Cynthia Nixon, Sam Smith and Prince William and the chronic skin condition affects almost half of us – often getting worse in winter – but what exactly is it?

Musician, Sam Smith told US Weekly that he too suffers with rosacea while it has been rumored that Cameron Diaz and Renee Zellweger have it too. Prince William could have inherited the condition from his late Mother, Princess Diana.

Typically, rosacea affects the face and can be characterized by flare-ups and redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. If left untreated, bumps and pimples can develop, and in severe cases, the nose may grow swollen and bulbous.

What causes rosacea?

Although it is common that rosacea runs in families, Dr Tabi confirms that a genetic link hasn’t been established and instead, rosacea is much more associated with environmental and lifestyle factors.

Lex Gillies blamed her flare ups on her party lifestyle while she was at university, but soon she realised that they would occur daily, while Cynthia Nixon noted that her triggers were exercise, red wine and spicy food.

‘We’re not sure why, but rosacea is made worse by red wine, spirits, caffeinated drinks and spicy foods,’ says Dr Tabi, ‘all of those are on the increase along with increased exposure to other rosacea triggers such as sunlight.’

How can I treat it?

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Currently there is no permanent cure for rosacea, but there are plenty of ways you can keep it under control.

If you find that you’re flushing a lot or your skin is staying red between flushing episodes then your GP can prescribe an anti-inflammatory ointment called azelaic acid or antibiotics called tratracyclines that work in lower doses to reduce the inflammation.

Additionally, a new drug called bromonidine was licensed earlier this year and it is the first prescription treatment that targets skin redness of rosacea.  It restricts the dilation of blood vessels that cause redness and the effects last 12 hours.

Laser treatments are also available to help control rosacea. They work as the light travels through the skin and is converted in to heat, clotting the blood and destroying visible blood vessels. If laser treatments and medication aren’t the route you want to take to help your rosacea, then there are cosmetic treatments you can try.

Source: 5 celebrities you didn’t know have rosacea plus 5 products to help – Healthista

Rosacea Triggers

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Coping with rosacea can be difficult, especially if your symptoms are severe. Symptoms of rosacea may include redness, inflammation, itching, irritation, tenderness, acne-like bumps, and dry, irritated eyes. Not only can rosacea cause physical discomfort, but it can also cause people to become very self-conscious about their appearance, leading to social difficulties. There’s no cure for the condition, but there are ways of managing rosacea so that it doesn’t have a significant negative impact on your life.

Here are some of the factors that can aggravate rosacea and your skin.

Looking at the list, you will discover that there are triggers you may not have realized. Below is another list of triggers. Beware of the sun!

Source: National Rosacea Society

Can you create a list of “safe” foods and products to use? I hope you will use these lists to manage your rosacea symptoms.

Coping with Rosacea

The Many Faces of Rosacea

Rosacea can vary substantially from one patient to another. The following photographs reflect common patterns of signs and symptoms, although it’s important to note that signs and symptoms may appear in a wide variety of combinations.

Rosacea sufferers often experience flushing and persistent facial redness. Small blood vessels may also become visible in some patients, and stinging, burning, swelling and roughness or scaling may occur. In addition to persistent redness, bumps (papules) and/or pimples (pustules) are common in many rosacea sufferers. Some patients may also experience raised red patches known as plaques.

Rosacea may be associated with enlargement of the nose from excess tissue, a condition known as rhinophyma. This may include thickening of the skin and irregular surface nodules, which in rare cases may also develop in areas other than the nose.

Rosacea affects the eyes in many patients, and may result in a watery or bloodshot appearance, irritation and burning or stinging. The eyelids may also become swollen, and styes are common.

If You Have Rosacea, You’re Not Alone

An estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea, yet only a small fraction are being treated. In addition to raising public awareness and supporting research, the National Rosacea Society provides information that may help rosacea patients better understand their disorder and more effectively manage its signs and symptoms.

To learn more about rosacea, its symptoms and treatment, read All About Rosacea. You may also want to read the Rosacea FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions in a variety of categories.

Source: Information for Patients | Rosacea.org

Our Best Quiche Recipes

With so many ways to reinvent this classic dish, it’s no wonder quiche is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Egg-ceptionally Delicious Ideas

Family breakfasts, weekend brunch, holiday get-togethers and more: when you’re looking for an easy-yet-impressive egg recipe to add to your menu, try quiche. It’s incredibly versatile and can be adapted to just about any ingredients that you have on hand. And, it’s just as enjoyable fresh from the oven as it is at room temperature, so it’s a great make-ahead option, too. One of our favorite flavor combinations? Turkey, Cheddar and fresh herbs. You’ll be surprised how a few fronds of fresh dill totally transform this dish, infusing it with lots of fresh, herbaceous flavor.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, diced and kept very cold

4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

1/3 cup ice water, plus more if needed

Filling:

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1/2 cup shredded roasted turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar

Custard:

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

3 large eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Directions

  1. Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add about a third of the chilled butter cubes and process until the butter is absorbed. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas, 5 or 6 pulses. Add the vinegar. Then, pulsing quickly a few times as you do it, add the ice water through the tube. Squeeze some dough between your fingers, it should just hold its shape without feeling wet. If it is crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time. Pulse quickly and take care not to overwork or the dough will be tough. Wrap the dough loosely in a large piece of plastic wrap, then firmly press and flatten the dough into a thin round. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll the dough into an 11- to 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Center the dough in a 9-inch pie plate, with an even overhang all around. Fold the edges and flute or crimp. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Press a piece of foil over the chilled crust, then fill with pie weights, raw beans or rice. Bake to set the crust, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until the crust is light brown, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly before adding the filling.

For the filling:

  1. Sprinkle the scallions evenly into the crust. Combine the turkey with the Cheddar and sprinkle it in an even layer over the scallions.

For the custard:

  1. Whisk together the heavy cream, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Stir in the dill.
  2. Pour the custard over the filling. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until set, 35 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature
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