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Beauty Benefits of Avocado Oil

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Many people enjoy the numerous benefits of cooking with avocado oil, but did you know it can also work wonders for your skin? While it’s important to feel healthy on the inside, it’s just as important that we look and feel healthy on the outside. Here at AVOCARE, we’ve been using avocado oil on our hair and skin for years to add moisture and vitamins that keep us looking and feeling our best. Even celebrity Lupita Nyong’o believes avocado oil is the secret to her beautiful skin. After reviewing various research studies, below is a list of reasons for how avocado oil can be beneficial for your skin:

Increases Collagen – According to this study by The U.S. National Library of Medicine, avocado oil actually increases the amount of collagen in the skin. This translates to faster skin repair and anti-aging benefits, as well as thicker, more resilient skin, keeping you looking younger for longer!

Hydrating – During this time of year, it’s normal for your skin to be more dry and flakey than usual. According to esthetician Renee Rouleau, avocado oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and antioxidants that hydrate better than coconut oil. Not only is avocado oil an effective skin moisturizer, but it can also be used to hydrate your hair. Check out this article to find a great avocado oil hair mask!

Natural Makeup Remover – Using avocado oil as an eye makeup remover is becoming more popular. It’s completely natural, making it a great alternative to the chemical filled makeup removers at the store. Just pour a little on cotton pad and swipe over your eyes!

How do you use avocado oil in your skincare regimen?

Recipe of the Week: Vanilla Roasted Carrots

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If you’re someone who loves a delicious side dish then this recipe is exactly what you’ve been looking for. We know getting your family excited about eating vegetables can seem impossible, which is why we love this sweet glazed carrot recipe made by Chef Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. It’s absolutely delectable and we guarantee that it will leave your family fighting over the last carrot in the bowl!

 

Vanilla Roasted Carrots

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds carrots (preferably the colorful heirloom variety)

¼ cup pine nuts

3 tablespoons avocado oil

1 vanilla bean

salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut a lengthwise slit down the vanilla pod using a pairing knife and scrape the pod halves by running the unsharpened side of your knife down the length of each of the pod halves, using firm pressure. Set the seeds aside. (Save the pod and put it in your sugar container!)
  3. Peel the carrots and cut then in half or quarters length wise, depending on the length, leaving the stem. Place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment or aluminum foil, toss with avocado oil, vanilla seeds, salt, pepper and pine nuts and roast 25 to 30 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from the time to time to brown evenly.
  4. Remove from the oven and serve.

Super Bowl Snacks To Remember

Photo courtesy of fromaway.com
Photo courtesy of fromaway.com

Do you have family and friends coming over for the Super Bowl? If so, it’s time to start planning what’s going to be on the menu. Forget the chips and salsa, buffalo wings and beef sliders! This year, it’s time to create a snack bar that everyone will remember for years to come. We’ve put together a list of Super Bowl snack recipes that have been a big hit at our past parties. Whether the Seahawks or Patriots win, we guarantee everyone will leave happy after indulging in these unpredictable and delicious snacks.

 

Tahini Avocado HummusHummus is a snack that everyone has come to love. This tasty recipe, created by our own Chef Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites, is proven to leave people wanting more. Use AVOCARE’s Chipotle Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, it has a bite of spice that will leave your guests fighting for the last dip!

 

Chipotle Flank Steak TacosYou’ll need a hearty dish to fill up the hungry fans in your house and this steak taco recipe is the one you’ve got to pick. We love using our garlic infused avocado oil in the marinade to add that extra boost of flavor everyone loves. If you have a lot of football fans coming to your house, you may want to double or triple this recipe!

 

Baked Avocado Fries Once your football fans try these crispy avocado fries with cilantro lime dipping sauce they will be hooked for life. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about getting out the fryer since they are baked in the oven!

Recipe of the Week: Sea Bass with Citrus and Avocado Oil

Photo courtesy of epicurious.com/ Romulo Yanes
Photo courtesy of epicurious.com/ Romulo Yanes

After a long day, preparing dinner can sometimes feel like a hassle, which is why we love this idea from epicurious. Easy to prepare and filled with fresh, citrus-y flavor, we made this sea bass recipe using our Natural-Flavored Avocado Oil and have been singing its praises ever since. Give it a try for yourself!

Ingredients

2 oranges

2 pink grapefruits

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

4 6-ounce skinless fillets white or Mexican sea bass or grouper (about 1″ thick)

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, cut into wedges

4 tablespoons avocado oil

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°F. Using a small sharp knife, cut off all peel and white pith from fruit. Working over a medium bowl, cut between membranes to release segments into bowl. Squeeze in juices from membranes; discard membranes. Drain fruit, reserving 1/2 cup of the juices. Return segments and juices to bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Pat fish dry. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add grapeseed oil. Add fish; cook without moving, occasionally pressing fish gently with a spatula to keep all of surface in contact with pan, until fish is golden brown and releases easily from pan, about 4–5 minutes.

Turn fish, transfer to oven, and roast until just opaque in the center, about 3–5 minutes.

Place fruit and avocado wedges on plates. Top with fillets. Spoon 2 tablespoons citrus juices over fruit on each plate. Drizzle 1 tablespoon avocado oil over fish and fruit.

Makes 4 servings

What do you think of this recipe? Let us know below!

Have you met Maite?

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Chef Maite-Gomez-Rejón, the brilliant mind behind our AVOCARE original recipes. Maite is the founder of ArtBites, an organization that combines art and culinary history with hands-on cooking instruction at major museums throughout the country. Maite is passionate about high-quality, fresh foods, which is a large part of the reason she feels so strongly about our oils.

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Click HERE to learn more about Chef Maite and HERE to view her recipe videos.