September 16, 2014 is National Guacamole Day! We all know and love guacamole as a party snack, but there’s more to guacamole than meets the eye. Guacamole is made from avocados, which are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.
You can purchase pre-made guacamole at your local supermarket or buy some ripe avocados to make your own. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for approximately five percent of annual avocado sales. Have no fear, avocado trees produce up to 400 fruits a year so there should be plenty to go around. Happy National Guacamole Day!
Anyone have Guacamole for lunch or dinner?! If so, good for you! Avocados are high in fat, but most of the fat is monounsaturated and thus is considered a healthy fat. An avocado is a good food for skin because, as is the case with omega-3 fatty acids, it keeps skin plump and youthful looking and helps prevent dry skin. Avocados contain both vitamin C and vitamin E, which act well together as a powerful skin anti-aging combination.
For Puffy Eyes:
Just slice a peeled avocado half into quarter-inch crescent-shapes. Lie down with a few slices under each eye and rest for around 20 minutes. You’ll love the results!
Facial Mask Ever:
Just mash half an avocado and spread evenly on your clean face. Allow to remain for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. This is best for dry skin types.
In a small bowl, mash and combine: 1 avocado (1/2 for shorter hair)1 egg yolk 1/2 teaspoon olive oil Apply to hair and allow to remain 30 minutes or longer, then shampoo and condition as usual. Amazingly silky, shiny, soft hair!
Smooth Hand Trick:
This gently exfoliating scrub will make your hands noticeably softer and smoother. In a small bowl, mash:1/4 of a peeled avocado 1 egg white 2 tablespoons oatmeal 1 teaspoon lemon juice Combine well and apply to your hands. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes, then rinse in warm water and pat dry.
In a small bowl, thoroughly mash and combine: 1/2 avocado 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 egg white Apply evenly to a clean face and allow to remain 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a cloth. Follow with an astringent, if you like.