National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:
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Great Hy-Vee recipe for a summer dish!
- 6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
- 6 medium ripe avocados
- 1/2 c. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus more if desired
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 (16 ounce) bag Hy-Vee organic yellow corn tortilla chips
- 3/4 c. finely crumbled or grated Mexican queso fresco, queso añejo, salted pressed farmer’s cheese, firm goat cheese, mild feta cheese or Romano cheese
- 3/4 c. toasted pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 c. Hy-Vee sliced pickled jalapeños
- 1/2 c. crumbled crisp-fried Hy-Vee bacon
- Pinnaclife Prebiotic Fiber – optional for added nutritional benefit!
- Place unpeeled garlic in a small dry skillet over medium heat; cook, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool, then slip off the skins; finely chop. Scoop avocado flesh into a large bowl. Add the garlic, cilantro and lime juice to taste. Coarsely mash everything together. Season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve, spoon a little guacamole on a chip and top with your choice of garnishes.
Olive oil is a more healthful choice than many other cooking fats due to the fact that it is a monounsaturated, or “good,” fat. Consuming monounsaturated fat in place of saturated fat has been shown to help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol. The FDA agrees and approved a qualified heart health claim for olive oil in 2004.
Extra virgin or virgin olive oils offer additional health benefits because they are naturally extracted and retain an abundance of vitamins and polyphenols that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. A recent study from Spain found that participants with the highest olive oil consumption as a proportion of total calories had a 26-percent-lower mortality rate from all causes and were 44 percent less likely to die from heart disease.
It’s a great day at Pinnaclife! Katie Reeves completed our files for international registration! This has been a long process to complete and we want to thank Katie for her hard work and dedication to this project!