Day 14 – Say Goodbye To Mr. Avocado

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#BeTrueToYou 157-day no makeup challenge #Day14.

Today is the last day of #AvocadoMask week. Over the course of this week, we have learned what amazing things avocado does for your body, face, and hair. Avocado contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins that help keep you looking and feeling good. To sum up, here are some basic uses and health benefits (some I have mentioned and others may be new):

1. No More Eye Luggage: take two small slices of avocado and place one under each eye for about 20 minutes to reduce the appearance of bags.

2. Hair Rejuvenation: Have trouble with dry or damaged hair? No worries.  In a mixing bowl, combine one ripe avocado with extra virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon) and melted shea butter (1/4 cup) until smooth. Apply sparingly to roots and ends, leave in for 30 minutes, and rinse out completely. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJBF1IM6OIE&feature=related)

3. Exfoliate Your Skin: Mix together one avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Do this twice a week and you’ll have softer, supple skin.

4. Avocado “Whipped Cream”

Behind the avocado’s luminous, pale green face, there is an assertive flavor, which holds its own with fish such as tuna, lobster, shrimp, scallops, snapper, salmon or pompano. And a big dollop is perfect on top of a chilled crab meat salad. Stir in a good pinch of wasabi paste and serve the sauce with roast beef.

  • 1/2 ripe avocado, (about 2/3 cup when diced or sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh- squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 small to medium garlic clove, very thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Place the avocado, lime juice, onion, garlic, cumin and oils in a blender jar. Puree the ingredients until the avocado is velvety smooth, scraping the jar down several times during the process. Quicker still, place the ingredients in a tall, narrow bowl and puree with an immersion blender. Season the puree with salt and pepper, cover it, and set aside or refrigerate until serving time.

Makes about 1 cup, enough for 4 servings.

(Read more and find out other recipes with avocado at: http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2010/04/15/The-Adaptable-Avocado-You-might-be-surprised-at-its-many-uses/stories/201004150395#ixzz2ttt9BHvp)

5. Baby Food: Recipe comes from Parents magazine: Take an avocado (portion depends on how much your baby will eat) and purée until smooth, adding water, breast milk, or formula as needed to achieve the desired consistency. You can also add a banana for a little sweetness and an extra punch of potassium.

I will continue to try new facial treatments and recipes and let you all know my take on these regimens. Keep following me on WordPress or Tumblr @msgreeneyez7.tumblr.com

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