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A couple of weeks ago I was browsing google for ideas to get more involved with education and nutrition and I came across City Green Farms. (http://www.citygreenonline.org/) They offer internships for college students during the spring and fall. What better way to get involved with my community and help spread the word about GMOs, health, and nutrition than to physically farm it myself. I applied and luckily got accepted! What’s really great about this internship is that it enables me to farm, teach classes, design recipes, and set up farmers markets in low income communities. I’ll be able to educate children as well as adults on proper health and nutrition. It’s the whole package! I’m super excited and ready to see where this takes me. Here are some pictures from this morning.

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“Life begins once your out of your comfort zone.”

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Cantaloupe as well as tomatoes and kale grew itself in the compost my father made. It’s amazing how life works. This is truly how it’s suppose to be.

 

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Side garden

 

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Who doesn’t love guacamole? This is my most beloved dish. I make it weekly when summer is here. Avocados are a super food, but they get a bad rap because they’re known for being too high in fat. FACT: you gain weight when you go over your daily caloric needs and eat bad fats! What most people don’t know is that there IS a difference between good fats and bad fats. Believe it or not, good fats CAN help you lose weight!

Let’s break it down. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats found in avocados. Monounsaturated fats contain one double bond in its chain while polyunsaturated fats contain more than one double bond in its chain. Not to get all scientific on you but basically that means the more double bonds in the fats you eat the easier it is to digest. In bad fats, such as trans fats, there are no double bonds in their chains making it very hard to digest which then causes you to gain weight.

Avocados can be used for a lot of different dishes besides just guac. Add it to your grilled chicken sandwiches or in your vegetarian wraps. You can also use the avocados as butter! Slice it up thin and spread it on breads and crackers. You can even grill them! Slice it in half and lay it flat on the grill. Once it gets softer take it off and put salsa on in the hole the pit left in the avocado. Dice the avocado up and add it to your salad that way you absorb more of the nutrients. Sounds a little stranger to add fat to your salad, right? I could go on forever about different ways to use avocados but the blog has to stop somewhere. Keep in mind that just because avocados are high in fat doesn’t mean you should shun them.
I don’t put a lot into my guac. You can add what you want to it. I’m not a fan of cilantro which I know is a signature ingredient found in most guacamoles. I just squeeze a lime on top of it and mix it in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 can of black beans
  • Half a tomato
  • Half an onion
  • 1 lime

Health Benefits:

  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Good for your skin
  • Avocados are rich in potassium. One avocado actually has three times as much Potassium as one banana.
  • vitamins C,K, folate, and B6
  • Monounsaturated fat (3grams per serving)
  • Good for eye health
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Good for your heart