The Scoop is in the Science (And May Be on Your Plate)
By Danielle Omar, MS, RD
One thing that’s always on the mind of my clients is brain health. As the 40s sneak up on you, so does the realization that your memory is not what it once was. I often joke with my friends that having a conversation sometimes feels like playing charades when I find myself describing the meaning of the word because I can’t remember the actual word itself! It’s easy to chalk up forgetfulness to getting older, but keeping cognitive health in mind is a serious consideration as we age.
Hass avocados, the fruit unheard of before 1926, has become a fruit favorite worldwide.
A recently published review paper in Nutrients journal, funded by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), suggests that there are certain characteristics that should be applied when choosing a first food in order to ensure optimal health and acceptance for nutrient-rich foods.
What are the characteristics for optimal first foods and which foods best meet these classifications?
Babies experience many firsts, and first solid foods are an important milestone in early development. When helping your clients identify the most appropriate first foods for their babies, tell them to mix and mash up avocados.
You can’t go wrong with guacamole at a party – and pairing this zesty avocado dish with fresh cut veggies is a satisfying and smart snack choice to enjoy. In fact, avocados can act as a nutrient booster, helping the body better absorb fat-soluble nutrients from the foods they are eaten with.
Everyone knows avocados taste great, but research has uncovered more than meets the eye. Like how eating avocados may be associated with better diet quality and beneficial nutrient intakes.
As March rolls in so does National Nutrition Month. With the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this year’s celebration comes with new recommendations for people to make small ‘shifts’ throughout the day to improve food choices, which can ultimately lead to healthier eating patterns over time.
Do your clients love to eat their tortilla chips with both salsa and guacamole? Here’s a recipe that delivers the best of both worlds: Tropical Salsa Guacamole. Suggest to your clients that they serve it up with baby carrots, sliced bell peppers or squash or zucchini sticks instead of chips, eat it as an entrée side or as is.