Afternoon Snackocado

Oh, avocado. How you make the world a better place…

photo 5(3)Avocados are rich in nutrients and flavor. With 20 essential nutrients, including Vitamins B, E, folic acid, potassium, fiber, and healthy fat, these power-fruits actually burn fat, aid digestion, inflammation, heart health, and lots more!

Afternoon snackocado:

  • 1 rice cake or toast of choice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • fresh lemon or lime juice
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Mash avocado and spread on rice cake or toast. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice on top and add a dash of salt and pepper. That’s it! One bite and you’ll be hooked on this easy combo! (If you’re looking for a more substantial/satisfying snack with added protein, feel free to add cottage cheese as well!)

One Healthy Breakdown: avocado vs. snack attack…avocado wins again.

Take Care of Your Chompers

True story: I became a serial flosser this week. That’s someone who flosses…every day. Yes, this is big…really big. Who else goes to the dentist and promises him/her that you’ll start flossing more? Then maybe you floss that night, maybe the next night, maybe for a week…but if you’re like me, life gets in the way and the flossing stops. Oops. That’s no excuse, I know. One Healthy Hamptons is all about health from head to toe. Plus, who doesn’t love a pretty smile?! So, lets talk chompers.

Smiling LipsOf course, brushing is always expected, but did anyone ever explain why flossing is actually important? Personally, I’ve gone years and years at various dentists and years at the orthodontist, all preaching about  floss, but not one of them explaining WHY until I met Linda at Hampton Dental Group last week. Linda took the time to explain why flossing is so crucial and her spiel turned me into a flosser for life. Allow me to share…

Flossing is not just to get food out of our teeth. When we floss, it’s important to get the floss all the way down to the gums and then to pull left and right to get everything out of the spaces between our teeth and gums, where the toothbrush can’t reach. Not only does this remove food that begins to attract bacteria, but it also removes and prevents tarter, which causes gingivitis. We’ve all heard this big, scary, nasty word, but what does it really mean? Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, which eventually causes destruction of the bond between the jaw bone underneath the gums and the teeth. As a result of a destroyed connection of the bone, teeth rot and eventually, die or fall out. Let me break it down so you too become a regular flosser: Flossing cleans, prevents tarter, keeps gums healthy, and keeps teeth alive and well. AKA = flossing = teeth. Not flossing = dentures. If you’d like your teeth in tact for many, many years to come, join me and FLOSS on the reg! It’s not too late to save those chompers

One Healthy Breakdown: the power of floss!

Santa’s Favorite Peppermint Bark

Who can pass up that minty bark?! Peppermint bark is definitely an indulgence to be enjoyed this time of year. That combo of rich chocolate and mint is enough to spread holiday cheer in one little bite. After all, there’s no better way to eat a candy cane than with a side of chocolate!

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Here’s a healthier upgrade for a homemade peppermint bark that’s sure to please anyone from your kitchen to the North Pole and back!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quality dark chocolate, chocolate chips, or carob chips
  • 1/4 cup cacoa powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of pure peppermint extract
  • 4 peppermint candy canes or 20 peppermint candies – crushed into small pieces

Instructions:

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except for candy canes in a bowl. Transfer mixture to a sauce pan to melt on low heat (or in microwave.) Stir until consistent and let cool for just a few minutes before adding half of candy canes. Spread evenly on wax paper. Add remaining candy canes on top of chocolate sheet and freeze for at least two hours. Once completely solid, remove from freezer and break into pieces. Eat, gift, and smile.

One Healthy Breakdown: just as delicious (and way more nutritious!) than store-bought bark!

Ride and Bite Back for a Cure!

Did you know that Lyme disease is the fastest-growing disease in this country? Did you know that the prevalence is higher in New York than many other states? Lots of victims go undiagnosed and suffer a range of symptons for years. Scary stuff, huh?!

Guess what? We can do something about it and it involves a fun morning in Southampton. What can we do? Bite back! The TBDA (Tick-Borne Disease Alliance) and the Southampton Hospital are hosting a 7.7 mile family-friendly bike ride to raise money for Bike Back for a Cure and The Southampton Hospital Lyme Center on Sunday, August 25th. It’s going to be a great family-friendly event, as the ride is short and welcoming and spectators will have just as much fun as riders! Bring the family out for a day of healthy eduction and fun! Read all about it and register HERE.

Check out these prevention tips from the TBDA and protect yourself from this epidemic.

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One Healthy Breakdown: Do your part to prevent tick-borne disease for your family and come out to BITE BACK in Southampton August 25th!