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Avocados for Fertility, Health, and Beauty

Is there anything more lovely than a freshly cut avocado? No, I don't believe there is. Maybe a bowl of guacamole, maybe. Growing up in the land of fish tacos and the best carne asada fries in the world, my love affair with avocados started at a young age.  And I couldn't be happier that the rest of America is finally singing avocado's praises. You deserve it avocado, you deserve it. 

Not only are avocados incredibly delicious, they're also uncommonly healthful, versatile, and downright photogenic. Their benefits are innumerable and their uses infinite. Whether you're using the oil or the whole fruit, you're sure to reap loads of fertility, health, and beauty benefits.

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Chocolate: Pregnancy, Health, and Beauty

It's that time of year again; Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Which means it's time to give, receive, and eat chocolate! I'm not sure how or why chocolate became THE go-to gift for THE romantic holiday, but I'm not complaining.

So, in celebration of love, chocolate, and the love of chocolate we're taking a look at some health and beauty benefits of one of my favorite things in the world: CHOCOLATE!

Now, before I dive into the good stuff, let me preface all of this with a gentle reminder (to myself...) that good for you does not mean go hog wild on it. The right kind of chocolate or cocoa has loads of benefits but excess is still excess.

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Coconut Oil: Double Duty Health and Beauty

Ah, it's time to breathe easy and live light. Summer is right around the corner and my mind is filling with thoughts of sun, sand, and leisure. The smell of seaweed and coconut oil overtake me as I daydream about lazy days on the beach. 

Living in NYC, my days are more likely to include picnic blankets, grass, and crowded parks than sunny beaches. Trips to surf and sand come a lot less often. Fortunately, enjoying the smell or the beauty and health benefits of the coconut oil, the oil synonymous with summer, doesn't have to wait until the next excursion to the ocean.

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Mediterranean Diet for Fertility, Beauty, and Health

There’s something about the Mediterranean that just screams tranquility, wellness, and fertility. Maybe it’s the pristine coastlines or all that lush greenery. Or perhaps it’s the world renowned mediterranean diet, the quintessential health promoting and protecting diet that’s big on flavor and nutrients. 

Boasting ample amounts of fiber, phytonutrients, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and flavor, the Mediterranean diet is one of the best eating patterns to follow for optimal fertility, health, and beauty.

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Pleasantly Pretty Smoothie

Pleasant, pretty, and purple, this smoothie marks the end of the Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow smoothie series. It has been fun to come up with these smoothie recipes and I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have.

A mixture of red raspberries and blue(-ish, they still look purple to me...)berries, along with purple cabbage, gives this tasty delight its beautiful hue. And each ingredient provides nutrients known to improve the elasticity, roughness, and tone of our skin. In addition to providing what our bodies need to be radiant and beautiful, it provides what it needs to be healthy.

If you are looking for an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, thiamin, magnesium, potassium, and manganese, you have found it here. Pleasantly Pretty also packs a good amount of riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and copper. Not too shabby.

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Brilliantly Beautiful Smoothie

The end is near for the Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothies Recipe series. I must say, this was the HARDEST smoothie recipe to come up with. Why? Because I couldn't think of any readily available vibrant blue fruit or vegetables. 

After racking my brain, I settled on blueberries though they have always appeared purple to me... much like this smoothie. Blue, purple, or blurple, it's delicious and good for you. Isn't that all that really matters?

This yummy drink is the total package; she's got brains and beauty. The blueberries are full of polyphenols, most notably anthocyanins, known to protect brain cells, which could potentially improve and protect our memory. Polyphenols might also improve the appearance of our skin through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The chia seeds lend quite the potent combination of unsaturated fatty acids and proteins to the mix.

Brilliantly Beautiful is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and B6, potassium, and manganese. It also boasts a good amount of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, and copper. Being made solely of fruit, vegetables, and seeds it is also an amazing source of fiber.

Read on and drink up if you want a drink that can help you become even more beautiful, brilliant, and healthy.

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Glowingly Gorgeous Smoothie

The green smoothie; the quintessential healthy drink that started the whole craze. You can find a million and one green smoothie recipes online. There are entire websites dedicated solely to green smoothies. Why? Because they're delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

I turn to this smoothie when I need something filling and want something creamy for breakfast. The creamy texture comes from the avocado. The avocado boasts a pretty impressive nutrient composition. It is a major source of monounsaturated fatty acids, a heart healthy and healthy skin supporting fat. And there's more!

This smoothie is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and B6, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It also contains a good amount of Vitamin E, copper, iron, pantothenic acid, niacin, and riboflavin.

Please share links for your favorite green smoothie recipes in comment box below. I'm always on the hunt for more. Happy sipping!

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Yummy You Smoothie

Redorange, yellow...Naturally, yellow is the next color on our list as we eat and drink our way through the rainbow. Yummy You is full of amazing nutrients like water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients galore; this smoothie can go a long way in improving our health and beautifying our skin.

Yummy You is one of the sweeter smoothies in this series. I like to make it when I'm craving a sweet treat. It satisfies my sweet tooth, gives my tastebuds what they want, and gives my body what it needs. It's an excellent source of fiber, Vitamins, A, C, and B6, niacin, folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. It's also packing quit a bit of vitamin K, pantothenic acid, iron, and phosphorus.

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