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Try this dark chocolate avocado mousse from nutritionist to the stars Kelly LeVeque

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Get a taste, literally, of LeVeque’s approach to good health with her recipe for dark chocolate avocado mousse.

(MORE: Get the recipe for Kristin Cavallari’s zucchini almond butter blondies)

Enjoy it for breakfast or as a delicious snack!

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It’s a double dark 🍫 type of Fri-YAY 🤣💃🏻⁣ ⁣ Dark chocolate protein powder, 1 tsp raw cacao, cacao nibs, 1/2 small avocado, chia and unsweetened almond milk. ⁣ ⁣ Cacao vs. Cocoa: ⁣ ⁣ Cacao is made by cold-processing unroasted cacao beans or low heat processing. (Most bitter) ☝🏻 Bitter can mean better when it comes to phytochemicals. Benefits include:⁣ -increases insulin sensitivity ⁣ -rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium and zinc⁣ -mood booster ⁣ -most polyphenols (anthocyanidins and epicatechins) ⁣ ⁣ Cocoa powder is cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures. Least bitter. ⁣ ⁣ …just remember if the “a” comes first it means raw or less cooked and if the “o” comes first it means cooked. There isn’t any comparative research but we know heating can oxidize oils, decrease enzymes and lower antioxidants. When you can please use raw cacao and remember dairy inhibits antioxidant absorption so finding a “dairy free” chocolate will increase bioavailability of the good stuff. ⁣ ⁣ Happy Friday friends! Xo Kelly ⁣ 📷 @vanessatierneyphoto

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Kelly LeVeque’s dark chocolate avocado mousse

Ingredients:

2 large, very ripe avocados (or 3 small, very ripe avocados)

1 serving of organic chocolate plant protein

2 Tb organic raw cacao powder

2 Tb organic milled chia seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1-2 drops organic liquid monk fruit

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Sea salt

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, combine the avocados, chocolate protein, cacao powder, milled chia seeds, almond milk, monk fruit, cinnamon and pinch of salt.

Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Serve in a small bowl with your desired topping, such as seeds, berries, shredded coconut or nuts.

Read all about LeVeque’s morning routine here, including why she starts every day with a smoothie.

Get more recipes from LeVeque, including a build-your-own smoothie tool at NowFoods.com.

Source: Try this dark chocolate avocado mousse from nutritionist to the stars Kelly LeVeque

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Thailand Supermarket Ditches Plastic Packaging For Banana Leaves

Banana leaves used for packaging at a Thai supermarket

A Thailand supermarket came up with a genius way to reduce plastic packaging: wrap its produce in banana leaves instead.

The banana leaf packaging comes from the Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand. A real estate company in Chiang Mai, Perfect Homes, posted photos of the banana leaf packaging to their Facebook page and it quickly gained widespread attention.

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Perfect Homes Chiangmai

Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic ever produced, only 9% has been recycled. This, along with projections of rapidly increased plastic manufacturing, has led to global attention to single-use plastics.

The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that by 2050 there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfills, the environment, and oceans. Of this waste, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags are the biggest contributors.

Global plastic waste generation from 1950 to 2015.

Global plastic waste generation from 1950 to 2015.

United Nations Environment Programme

The use of banana leaves instead of plastic for packaging vegetables is a great way to reduce single-use plastic. While it looks like they use some plastic for adhering the label, this method significantly reduces the amount of plastic required. They are simply wrapped in a banana leaf and secured using a flexible piece of bamboo. Banana leaves are a great alternative to plastic as the leaf is large, thick and supple enough to be folded.

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Perfect Homes Chiangmai

One thing to consider is the relative cost of plastic versus banana leaves. In tropical locations, banana leaves are readily available locally and could be acquired for free depending on the quantity needed. In more temperate locations the use of banana leaves could be significantly more expensive than plastic. However, using local biodegradable products could be a good alternative in locations where bananas don’t grow.

The use of banana leaves to wrap food in has a long history. In some tropical regions of Mexico, tamales are wrapped in banana leaves. Hawaiians use banana leaves during pig roasts to protect the pig from the hot lava rocks. They are also used to wrap sticky rice in southeast Asia.

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Perfect Homes Chiangmai

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Source: Thailand Supermarket Ditches Plastic Packaging For Banana Leaves

These Are the 10 Best Food Cities in the World, According to TripAdvisor

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As food experiences become more important in travel, people are spending significant amounts of time researching what they’ll be eating before booking vacations. To track this trend, TripAdvisor gathered information on the top food cities in the world—that is, the tourist destinations where local cuisine is the biggest draw.

Rome took the number one spot, with another Italian city, Florence, coming in second. Third was Parisquelle surprise—and Barcelona and New Orleans rounded out the top five. The list included each city’s most-booked “food experience.” In Rome, that was a food tour of the Prati district; in Florence, it was a cooking class and market tour at a Tuscan farmhouse. (According to their data, food tours are the fastest growing experiences category on TripAdvisor based on amount spent, which increased 61% last year versus 2016.)

“Travelers are increasingly interested in getting local insight on their destination, and food tours and cooking classes a great way to do that,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix, in a statement announcing the list. “Guides can be a great resource for finding hidden gems or local favorite spots, and can create an unforgettable part of your trip. Coming home with a local recipe or a new favorite restaurant is the best souvenir.”

As for methodology, the best food experiences were ranked using an algorithm that considered “bookings, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings.”

See the full list below of top food city alongside the most-booked food experiences.

1. Rome (Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District)

2. Florence (Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence)

3. Paris (Paris Food Tour: Taste of Montmartre)

4. Barcelona (Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona)

5. New Orleans (New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter)

6. New York City (Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour)

7. Venice (Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine)

8. Madrid (Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour)

9. Tokyo (Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour)

10. Bangkok (Bangkok Food Tour)

By: Maria Yagoda

April 23, 2018

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