Avocado Oil benefits

Miss Mevi tells you the benefits of avocado oilHello everyone!

You know how using oils for skin and hair care is all the rage these days. From argan oil for hair and skin to olive and castor oils for the oil cleaning method, to the ever ubiquitous coconut oil, which is extra popular in Paleo/Primal culture, oils are everywhere.

I’m no stranger to oils, being the skin care adventurer that I am. Over the years, I’ve experimented with numerous oils, including olive, almond, hazelnut, rose hip, coconut (which actually dries my face out), castor, pomegranate, sea buckthorn, camellia, grapeseed, marula, argan, tamanu, sunflower, jojoba, and more. That’s a lot of oils.
But there is one that stands above the rest for me in terms of skin and hair improvement and that is extra virgin avocado oil.

I’ve been using avocado oil as my facial and body moisturizer for awhile now and it has the magical ability to soften rough skin, deeply hydrate, refine skin texture, calm redness, plump fine lines, balance oiliness, and keep pores cleaner.
In addition to using it to moisturize, a few months ago I also started using it to cleanse my skin at night and that’s when I saw a pretty dramatic increase in benefits. I have combination skin that tends toward dehydration and clogged pores as well as irritation and mild redness.

I no longer have to exfoliate my skin every other day- the cell turnover seems to have increased, and now my skin is super silky! The texture is much better than before, and the coarse areas are now baby-smooth. The redness is definitely reduced, while at the same time my cheeks have more color. Nice! My skin just looks better and healthier.

-Avocado oil is one of the more deeply penetrating oils. It gets down into the deeper epidermis layers and helps to fix moisture into the skin. This makes it great for plumping out fine lines and dealing with dehydrated skin (even oily skin can be dehydrated!), as well as softening rough skin. Even though it feels thick, if used properly, it fully absorbs and doesn’t leave an oily residue. The fatty acids are also similar to the skin’s own sebum and are non-clogging.

-It’s rich in healing vitamins B, C, D, E, K and, especially, A (like a natural retinol alternative, increasing cell-turnover), as well as potassium, lecithin, and chlorophyll.

-It has a high sterolin content. Sterolins are compounds which are anti-inflammatory and immune modulating. In the case of avocado oil, they can help heal sun damage and age spots, as well as inflammatory skin conditions like blemishes and eczema.

-It has been shown in a study to increases the amount of soluble collagen in the skin and improve wound healing. This translates to better skin repair and anti-aging benefits, as well as better elasticity and thicker, more resilient skin.

-It has a low level of UV protection (about an SPF of 6-8). Coupled with the high vitamin and sterolin content, it’s definitely helpful for preventing sun damage (of course, use a non-toxic sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun all day).

-It penetrates the hair shaft better than most other oils due to its monounsaturated fat content and makes a great pre-wash conditioning treatment. I started getting compliments on my hair after I began using avocado oil to treat my hair!

How to use it:
So, now that you know all about the wonders of avocado oil, here are some tips on how to use it so that you have a good experience with it. But first off, quality matters. I’ve used a number of brands and, by far, my favorite in terms of texture, smell, and performance is Olivado Extra Virgin from New Zealand. I find it to be less viscous than other brands of the virgin oil. You can also get cosmetic grade refined avocado oil, but my skin responds better to the dark green nutrient rich virgin oil. Chosen Foods makes an excellent naturally refined avocado oil that’s neutral smelling (and tasting!) so you can still get the awesome hydrating qualities of avocado oil without smelling like an avocado.

For cleansing
I just do the basic oil cleansing technique: I massage the oil into my skin for a minute (this feels so nice!) and then I remove it with a cotton ball. I then steam my face for about a minute with a hot wash cloth and wipe any remaining oil off (this is important because you’re dealing with dirty oil!). I follow up with my toner. My skin usually feels comfortable and hydrated enough that I don’t need to use more oil after cleansing.

For facial moisturizing
I always mix my facial oil with a little water or toner in my palm before massaging it into my face and neck. This makes a HUGE difference in how it absorbs, as well as helps to fix more water into your skin. Start with just a couple of drops of oil. You don’t need a lot.

For hair
This is super easy: I just massage a little into the bottom 2/3 of my dry hair (I don’t soak my hair in it) and leave it in for a little while- often only 10 minutes while I make and drink my morning tea- and then I wash it out in the shower at the very end. I usually don’t even need any conditioner. I use it 1-2 times/week.

For body
I just slather it on my body after showering, when my skin is still a little damp. Do I smell like an avocado? Totally! But I don’t mind and the scent doesn’t linger very long. I find it makes my skin so silky, helps with keratosis pilaris (due to the vitamin A content), and keeps my skin hydrated longer than other oils.

Now, go have some fun with some avocado oil!

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Peach and Fresh Avocado Salad

Miss Mevi avocado and peach saladHello everyone!

Already planning some fresh and delicious food for this spring? Here is a funny suggestion: Peach and Fresh Avocado Salad! Not only kids will love it’s sweet flavor, but parents as well!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb spring mix lettuce
2 fresh Mevi Avocados, sliced
2 peaches, sliced
8oz goat cheese, crumbled
4oz almond slivers, toasted

Mix all the ingredients. You can add some cherry tomatoes if you want to.

(Vinaigrette-Yields 1 ¼ cup)
6oz MeviOil Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
2oz red wine vinegar
2oz honey
Fresh herbs (parsley, dill, or rosemary), finely chopped, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste.

Shake all ingredients together in a tightly-lidded container or whisk together in a small bowl.

Serve and enjoy!

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Grilled Tuna Sandwich

 Miss Mevi grilled tuna recipeHello everyone!

This Avocado and Seared Tuna Steak Salad rivals any restaurant version. It only takes 20 to 25 minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for lunch or for friends reunion. Also, this recipe has my favorite ingredients all rolled into one.

Hope you love it as much as I do.

4 – 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds tuna steak
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 red onions, peeled and diced
2 scallions, white and half of the green part (about 6 inches), sliced
2 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced

DRESSING
4 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons wasabi powder, wasabi sauce or wasabi paste
4 tablespoons lime juice
10 dashes Tabasco sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon dried coriander (or 1 tablespoon fresh minced cilantro)

DIRECTIONS
Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
Wash tuna, pat dry and rub with salt and pepper.
Sauté 2 minutes on each side, until seared. Tuna should be cooked outside and still raw inside. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine dressing ingredients and warm over medium-low heat, mixing occasionally.
Meanwhile, place onions, scallions and avocado in a medium to large salad bowl.
Cut tuna into 1-inch chunks and add to bowl.

Hope you like it.

Enjoy!

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How to persuade others to live a healthy lifestyle.

Miss Mevi tells you how to encourage a healthy lifestyleHello and happy weekend!

I’m pretty sure you have been tempted to persuade and convince others to live a healthy lifestyle like yours. I understand, you feel so good living like that, that you want everyone else to feel the same!

But instead of persuade others you might cause the opposite effect. People say that you can inspire much better with your example instead of telling them what to do. So these are some recommendations when you want someone to adopt a healthy lifestyle:

1. Stay Away From Severity
Use praise and positive reinforcement instead of strictness or extreme restrictions. When you see a person you want to help engaging in healthy habits, draw attention to these behaviors in a positive and encouraging way. Expect that change may not come about immediately, but over time you can help a person have a better relationship with food. Remember there’s only so much you can do and you cannot force a person to live healthy.

2. Allow For Indulgences
People occasionally slip up while trying to live healthy, which does not mean all attempts at being health-oriented are derailed. When trying to persuade someone to eat more nutritiously, encourage moderation. Discourage using fattening junk foods as a reward, however, as this can prompt habits of emotional eating.

3. Point out the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
These include losing weight and having more energy. Harvard School of Public Health notes eating a healthy, balanced daily diet and avoiding processed meats and other unhealthy foods also reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

4. Lead by example.
The best reason you can give someone for adopting a healthy lifestyle is doing it yourself and letting her see how it has helped you. Another dimension of this leading by example is talking about what you’ve learned about yourself in the process and the benefits that may not be visible on the surface.

Finally, don’t expect others to make drastic changes in their lives. They must really commit with the idea of living healthier before making a real change in their current habits.

Hope this can help you!

Until the next time.

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Myths and truths about Avocado

Miss Mevi clarifies some avocado mythsHello everyone! Thanks for coming by again!

When we talk about avocados there are some myths that aren’t necessarily truth. Today I’ll mention the most common and the truth of them.

  1. Avocados are fattening. Really? Who said that? If that was right, I should be really big by now. I have included avocados in my meals almost four or five times a week. I drink avocado smoothies very often too.
  2. Avocados are a healthier replacement for cheese and even meat. Avocado offers not merely a “substitute,” but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance. It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements. The fat is more digestible than animal fats.
  3. Avocado produces Glutathion, an important antioxidant needed to prevent ageing, alzheimer, heart diseases and cancer.
  4. Avocados promote weight loss, thanks to the slow burning energy and satiety feeling you get from eating them.
  5. Avocados are good for combating arthritis due to the high levels of monosaturated fats and antioxidants they have.

Interesting, huh?

I hope you find these facts useful.

Until the next one!

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Original source: yetundedaramola.com

Avocado and Aloe Bodywrap

Miss Mevi bodywrap recipeHello again!

I’m sure you all know now that I love avocado. Not only it’s delicious and nutritious, but also its benefits can help when you apply on your skin.

I already recommended you a face mask, today I want to share a recipe of a bodywrap, ideal for your skin because it calms and soothes it. A cooling mask is used on sun burnt skin and a warm mask for a moisturizing and relaxing effect. It’s also helpful on dry skin.

It’s very easy to prepare and apply.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Lots of towels
  • Plastic wrap

DIRECTIONS

Blend avocado pulp, cream and aloe vera gel to a thick paste. Place lots of old towels down where you will nap later. Apply paste to body. Wash hands and loosely wrap over masked areas. Lay down and relax for one hour. Rinse.

Share with all of us how did you like it, and if it helped your skin.

Until the next one!

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Original source: thriftyfun.com

Avocado, mango and chicken salad

Miss Mevi brings an avocado, mango and chicken salad recipeHello everyone!

Have you ever felt like you would eat something really delicious but you don’t want to spend so much time in the kitchen? Well, today’s recipe is great because you will really enjoy it, but you won’t have to be in the kitchen for hours.

This is a colorful and very tasty mix of chicken, mangos, and avocados in a spicy lime dressing.

This recipe makes 8 servingsChange Servings

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 cup chili garlic sauce
4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
2 medium mangos – peeled, seeded and diced
2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
10 ounce spring lettuce mix

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then pour into a medium bowl. Stir in the garlic chili sauce and lime juice. Set the dressing aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, mangos and avocados. Arrange the spring salad mix on serving plates, then top with a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture. Pour dressing over the top.

Serve and enjoy!

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Original source: allrecipes.com