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Avocado Ice Cream

Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
Avocado ice cream

Someone recently posted a shirt that I clearly needed to wear for my social media talk for nutrition processionals the other week: "Avocados are trending". Next year shirt, you're mine, under a blazer to make it passably conference appropriate (And yes, you can totally get the shirt here and it's 20% off). Oddly, avocados, like quinoa and kale, are popular. Any mention of them in a recipe or on a menu usually makes it a consumer favorite. But this recipe for avocado ice cream (sit tight, it's real) isn't gimmicky at all. It's actually good! Even the husband gave it two thumbs up!

When I shared my avocado ice cream tasting experience with you all in Atlanta with Hass avocados, you asked for the recipe...so here it is! With a few tweaks and toppings on my part (I can't help it), you can pull this off without an ice cream maker today!

Avocado ice cream

Avocado Ice Cream

recipe via Hass Avocados, with a few minor tweaks 

///Ingredients///

  • 2 ripe fresh avocados, peeled 
  • 1 L half and half
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 oz honey
  • fresh mint
  • lime zest

/// Directions /// Warm half and half, sugar and honey in sauce pan. Scoop avocado from skin, removing pit and dice flesh. Blend with liquid in blender until smooth. If you have an ice cream machine, use it to finish per machine instructions. If you don't (me), put it in a big ziplock bag and mush it around in the freezer every half hour or so. Once it freezes into chunks, put it back in a blender or wait for it to thaw a little before scooping. Top with mint and lime zest.

Avocado ice cream

Nutrition Secrets: How to Eat Healthier During the Holidays

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Nutrition Secrets: How to Eat Healthier During the Holidays

They're coming. The holidays are coming. Right after Halloween this week we enter into what is officially 'the holiday season'. You know...where Target immediately swishes away the remaining banana costumes and decks the halls with ALL THE ORNAMENTS. Oh, and Thanksgiving is somewhere before that too. Every year I feel like I move one step closer to becoming Mr. Senior from SNL. Regardless of when you officially get in the holiday spirit, you need to keep your guard up to keep those extra indulgences at bay. Because the typical person puts on anywhere between 1 and 10 pounds during the season keeping your habits healthy, merry and bright RIGHT NOW is your best bet. 

Now I'm not saying skip out on the pumpkin or pecan pie (seriously- don't skip it if you love it).

5 nutrition secrets for making healthier choices during the holidays:

  1. Drinks OR Dessert: You don't need both. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy either this season. Choose your favorite for that evening. Champagne OR gingerbread. Halloween Reese's peanut butter pumpkins OR autumn brew beer.
  2. Walk it off: It's getting colder, but for those of us weenies who live South of the Mason Dixon line and start shivering when it hits the 40's, we need to put on an extra layer and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Grab a friend or family member and walk the block or the woods before dinner. 
  3. Hydrate: Don't mistake true thirst for what feels like hunger. Always bring water or order an extra glass when you're out. Hydration > eating at the wrong time.
  4. Find the greens: They're somewhere. Be they brussels sprouts or green beans, sneaking a green juice on the road en route to the party or yes, even the wimpy celery sticks at an event filled with fake cheese chips, challenge yourself to make sure to find the greens.
  5. Pack healthy snacks: I am totally the girl who needs snacks. If I don't have snacks, I get ravenous, mean and make bad food decisions. Which is where I need to tell you about NatureBox. If you're pressed for time (Hello.) and want a variety of well selected healthy options delivered straight to your house, this delivery subscription service is worth your time! You get 5 snacks every month that you can select or have the team pick for you from over 100 options to fit your dietary needs. No artificial sweeteners, colors or anything gross (You can learn more about their Product Promise here.). It's the perfect thing to throw in your bag, car or in your lunchbox for something snacky with a solid meal. 

 

Nutrition Secrets: How to Eat Healthier During the Holidays

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Nutrition Secrets: How to Eat Healthier During the Holidays

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Bucket List Check Off: Speaking at Food and Nutrition Conference Expo 2014

Dietetic Internship, Weekly UpdateCarlene ThomasComment

It's funny to think that almost a full year ago, the wheels were put in motion to make last week happen. When someone asks you what your career goals are five, ten or twenty years out sometimes you don't really think the 'eventually' items are possible at all. Such a large goal, like, oh, I don't know speaking at the Food and Nutrition Conference Expo seems so far away the physical steps needed to make it happen never cross your mind as a 'to-do'. And yet, thanks to Sherry Coleman Collins, the dietitian nutritionist with the National Peanut Board and her hard work, she brought four of us together from across the country to make it a reality. 

I spoke at FNCE. Bucket list: check. 

I can't say enough about my fellow presenters Marisa Moore, Ann Dunaway-Teh and Amber Pankonin. We had the enormous task of presenting on social media for entrepreneurs in the nutrition world. How to cover it all. How to leave out the 101 and make it worth it for you. How to explain our stories and our brands and those obstacles of awful professors or internship directors who tried to squash our dreams of a business or who told us we would fail and never make money. How to make it usable information to move our profession forward as a whole. And of course, keep you all awake during the presentation... And yet we did it. You all who tweeted us and stopped us (literally, stopped us while walking everywhere) gave us the best gift of all. You told us it was worth it. That it was your favorite session at FNCE where over 9.4 thousand of us were in attendance. We are all so grateful for your amazing feedback. It makes it really hard to ever top this conference. 

FNCE in Atlanta was wonderful and I'm finding it difficult to even summarize it or recap it. From Friday to Tuesday I was going non-stop, trying to see and do everything nutrition that we manage to clump into one week each year. So maybe simple is best:

  • Friday: I toured a peach farm and a poultry farm with IFIC. I immediately returned to the hotel and changed my shirt for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG Board Meeting dinner (where I realized my pants still totally smelled like farm). 
  • Saturday: From 7:30 AM-3 the board was hard at work planning our events for the conference and the rest of the year for NEDPG (where I sit on the board as the incoming director of PR and marketing). Hit the #CelebRD cocktail party hosted by Weber Shandwick and thankfully escalator-ed down one level to the next event. That night was our BIG networking event party for NE.
  • Sunday: 7 AM through 4:30 I manned the NEDPG booth for recruitment to gain new members and appreciate our current members with kitchen SWAG. THANK YOU to those of you who came up to say 'hi' and spread the word! I loved that people came up to tell us their friends told them to come join 'the fun Dietetic Practice Group'.  4:30 meant I immediately ran over to another event where I sat on a mentorship panel for about 20 minutes and then promptly UBER'ed over to the National Peanut Board dinner with our private chef for the night...Hugh Acheson. Yes, that Hugh Acheson from Top Chef. And after that I totally can't lie: I went to bed. I skipped the last event of the night because I needed sleep!
  • Monday: More booth work. I finally got to check out the expo to see the latest food products and see some of my favorite companies and dietitians who work with them. One more PR cocktail party (thanks Ketchum!) and then...guys, I ordered pizza and prosecco to my room where I ate in bed, watched Monday Night Football and did a run through of my presentation for Tuesday.
  • Tuesday: South East Dairy Association breakfast where I got to catch up with every lovely southern lady. And then...the talk!!! 

WHEW!!!! And now, we are back into the mix of more fun, more projects and strangely...almost November already!

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