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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Helpful Hints from Chatty

CHATTY'S HELPFUL HINTS 

From Reader's Digest for August.and Jean.

1.  Did you know you can bake with avocados instead of butter?  Over 75 % of the fat in the versatile 'alligator pear' is the healthful kind, and it'll add near 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to cookie, cake, and muffin recipes.  Though the ration may vary slightly by recipe, swap one cup of mashed avocado for one cup of butter.


 (Thank you Jean P.) 


2.Pick the yellowest ears of corn - you''ll reap 7% of Vitamin A from yellow corn versus from white corn.





3.  Cook carrots whole - retain 25% more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, if they aren't chopped before they're boiled.



4.  Dice the garlic and let it rest for ten minutes.  Heating garlic right away diminishes its anticancer properties.




5. PICK DARK OVER OTHER KINDS OF CHOCOLATE - more than 70 % cacaos.  In one study volunteers who ate 3.5 ounces of it every day for a week raised their 'good' HDL cholesterol by 9%.

There is an 86% cocao one - Debbie told me about them.




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THE LAUGH:





THE LIFT:












64 comments:

andy said...

Great info !!!! Have a wonderful Tuesday !!!!

Theresa said...

Thanks for the tips, the giggle and the lift:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Crystal Mary said...

Wow! I love those hints. We are growing an avo tree...Ray used to hate them but now he loves the taste. I mash them and put them on toast with pepper and salt for breakfast.. it tastes like scrambled eggs.. Now I can cook with them in place of butter and so much healthier.. The garlic hint is VERY good to know. and carrots, thats the way I will go from now on! xxx

Sandra said...

for pete's sake, now I will have to buy a bag of doritos to see if they burn.. you know i love fire...
i have a friend who uses mashed avocado as mayo on her sandwiches. i think they are yucky but bob loves them.since i don't cook, i will not have a chance to try them as butter. anyway the darn squirrels are eating all of our avocado as fast as they can

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do remember using an electric knife when I used to freeze corn from the garden. It really went quite quickly. And I do love dark chocolate. Thanks for the reminder. I haven't had much of it lately and need to get some. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

LOVE avocados!!
I need to send you something that a friend posted about the aavocado!!

linda eller said...

Loved all the info today....and the cartoon about eating and living healthy to get to where we are now, made me laugh out loud because it is so true...lol

Paula said...

Good idea about the bundt pan. I just switched to dark chocolate and now I'm glad I did because my good colestrol is low.

Dar said...

I had a So'More last night made with the dark Giradelli Cho...sent me right to heaven.
Love What Kids Need...every bit of it
and Love being here and you, sweet girl.
Life IS good~

Lynn said...

Good reason to eat chocolate!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Good tidbits as always. I will try to eat more dark chocolate but I don't ever think I can give up my milk chocolate :)

mail4rosey said...

I did know some, I did not know about the avocado, but it makes sense to me. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I do know avocado is so good for you! Didn't know it could be used instead of butter but it makes sense! Happy Day!

hugs,
linda

Kim said...

The corn/bundt pan is genius!

Jill said...

Laughing right out loud at your laugh today!

And doritos as kindling? Who knew?

Katie Clooney said...

Every Tuesday I become just a little bit smarter, thanks to you! And the chuckle is always a good one!

TexWisGirl said...

just groaning at the 20 extra years...

the bundt cake pan is pretty brilliant. :)

Rae said...

Excellent tips. Good to know. I am going to use the bundt pan tip.

Pat MacKenzie said...

Good stuff. I already do/know some of the ideas and now that we have a fire pit I'll stock up on dorritos for kindling, and avocado, which I love, instead of butter. I always learn something when I come visit you. Thanks.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Too bad avocados cost so much. I love them.

Susannah said...

I love "the Laugh"! I think I am living those 20 extra years right now!!!!! So funny. Great tips, Miss Chatty. Enjoyed it!

Shelly said...

Wow- I did not know that abut avocados! And anytime I hear about chocolate being good for us, I'm all for it!

Sandee said...

Great tips indeed. I knew about the grapes, but of course I would.

Loved the laugh. I'm almost there.

The lift is spot on.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. ☺

My Journey With Candida said...

I had no idea I could use avacados instead of butter..... good idea!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Ohhh, I wish I had thought of the bundt pan many years ago when I froze a lot of corn! Great hints, Sandie. Have a wonderful day!

Betsy Adams said...

Great hints today, Sandie. I had never heard that about avocado. Interesting...

We love white corn... Darn!!!! Guess I'll have to go back to the yellow stuff. ha

Hubby eats one piece of dark chocolate everyday for his health. I don't eat it --simply because I don't want the calories...

Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

These are fantastic!! I can't decide which one I love the most, but that one about swapping out avocados for butter is something new to me.

Now, don't you just have to wonder WHO looked at a bag of Doritos and thought, "I'll bet this would make great kindling...?"

Trying to get caught up yet again. If I do not slow down, I'm going to spin right off the side of the globe. I just know it.

A Quiet Corner said...

Really liking that post about children!!!!...:)JP

Terri said...

Great hints- have a fantastic week Sandie!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I can't imagine cooking with the avocado but I eat them all the time! We had corn on the cob twice last week. It sure is yummy. Like the Doritos for kindling....that's different. Lot's of interesting facts today....thank you dear friend. Debby

Theresa said...

Great tips! Did you know that you can cook corn in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes, leaving the husk on. Take out of the oven, chop end of husk off, squeeze the cob right out and voila! No messy husk or corn silk to peel away.

Ida said...

Interesting. I'm not sure about using avocado instead of butter but one never knows until they try.

Renae Simple Sequins said...

Oh Sandie, I loved the Lift today. So needed and so true. Thanks for the good 'use' for Doritos. I'll have to let my son in law know that one. He loves those things. hahahahaha

Sharon said...

Wonderful info today!

1. I love avocados! And yes, it's great that they have the *good* kind of fat.
2. Didn't know that one.
3. Also didn't know that.
4. My goodness, such great, healthy tips.
5. I knew this fact. That's why I've made chocolate one of my major food groups.

As always, I come away with useful information, and a good laugh, and something to ponder.

xo

Elizabeth said...

I am a sucker for healthy tips. The avocado/butter replacement is intriguing.

barbara l. hale said...

Great tips! I joke that avocado is the perfect substitute for mayonnaise but that's because I don't like mayonnaise. But in place of butter...great idea. And it's always dark chocolate for me!

Ginny said...

All of these are new to me except the chocolate! Sandra is making me howl with laughter right now!!! Let's just hope she doesn't burn the house down!

Nonnie said...

Okay, I love the tip about the corn and the bundt pan. Corn flying all over the counter is a problem for me when I cut the corn off the ears.
The dark chocolate is always within reach and I make sure I have my daily dose of it. The Laugh was hilarious, but sad.

Merlesworld said...

ALL chocolate is good but dark is better
Merle.....

Grandma Bonnie said...

Whats in Doritos that would make them do that?
Now I have another good reason to eat chocolate!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm a dark chocolate girl-love it:@)

barbara woods said...

i love choloate

Terri D. said...

Thanks for the great hints, Sandie!

Ann said...

interesting on the avocados. I never would have thought to use that as a substitute for butter

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE the cartoon about healthy living and adding those twenty years.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love avocados and use them often instead of mayo. I also loved all your helpful hints. Blogger is such a great wealth of information and you have done a good job of doing that, Sandie.

Dee said...

Who would have thought you could use Doritos as kindling in a pinch...your always find the most interesting information. I love dark chocolate so i am glad to hear it is the most healthy.

Skoots1moM said...

thanks for coming by...I am in Georgia; a home-grown Georgian...wouldn't know what to do anywhere else. ;)

Stephanie said...

The only one I knew was the chocolate, I had no idea you could cook with avocado!

Susan said...

Hi Sandie....Loved the frozen grapes in the wine idea. Lots of good info today. thanks. Susan

Tammy said...

Love the tips, Sandie!! :D Especially the avocado one...that has inspired a sweet idea I must test soon.

Thank you for dropping by and commenting. Your kind words me so much. Sadly, though I think we're the only two on team biscoff...No worries we can take them.

Have a fabulous day.

Toodles,
Tammy<3

SweetMarie said...

I love the frozen grapes in wine, it's so pretty! I don't drink wine. lol
The lift is so true! My son is a hugger. :)
I love all chocolate, I'll have to force myself to eat more dark. :)
hugs,
Marie

jack69 said...

I'm late, but I like the electric knife, corn and the Bunt pan. Looks like a great idea. I am late but this was a good read.
((HUGS)) from Utah.
ps: We got to see GGdaughter Elsie tonight, and she wore me out. hahaha

LL Cool Joe said...

Thanks for all the tips, but that cartoon made me laugh the most. I do sometimes wonder if that's all we all are doing, trying to prolong our lives to live an extra 20 years in pain. I do sometimes wonder if its better to enjoy the ride a bit more and accept that that will make the journey shorter.

LL Cool Joe said...

Thanks for all the tips, but that cartoon made me laugh the most. I do sometimes wonder if that's all we all are doing, trying to prolong our lives to live an extra 20 years in pain. I do sometimes wonder if its better to enjoy the ride a bit more and accept that that will make the journey shorter.

Kay G. said...

Those grapes in the wine glasses would be good for Halloween, they look a bit scary to me!
Love that cartoon about the twenty years left for being healthy! LOL

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I just cracked up on the 'extra' years of life comic!

As for the avocado vs. butter...does it make a difference in taste you wonder?!! Food after all is about the 'taste'.

I've done this with frozen fruit...not just grapes in wine. And dark chocolate is what we eat...never milk chocolate.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

PS...I kinda like what I read on LLCoolJoe's comment.

Carol said...

I love the grape idea! I currently take my grapes after washing and put them in a BIG zip lock bag, empty a package of lime sugar free Jell-O into the bag and shake so each grape has some Jello-O on it (you can use any flavor of Jello-O). Then I freeze the grapes. When hungry for a sweet I pop a few lime/grapes. YUMMY!

Thanks for the tips and humor.

Love to you!

Happy@Home said...

Great tips here. I am very intrigued by the idea of baking with avocado.
The Laugh is hysterical!!

Happy@Home said...

Great tips here. I am very intrigued by the idea of baking with avocado.
The Laugh is hysterical!!

Denise said...

Enjoyed the tips.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I can only eat a small amount of dark chocolate at a time

mare ball said...

I'm definitely trying the avocado thing! Hope it doesn't make baked goods taste avocado-y. :-) Love that comic w/ the old guy slumped over. Sometimes I wonder is all the struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle is worth it!!