New Standards for Olive Oil

The Feds have cracked down on olive oil.   The USDA has adopted scientific standards and legal definitions for olive oil terms, such as extra virgin, virgin, pomace, light, extra light, unfiltered, and cold-pressed.   Continue reading “New Standards for Olive Oil”

Broccoli Almond Salad with Avocado

AvocadoLooking for a quick side dish that’s different and delicious?  When you’re in the mood for a new twist on the usual steamed broccoli, give this salad a try.  The rough crunchy texture of the broccoli and almonds combined with the smooth creaminess of the avocado create a tasty contrast per forkful.

Avocados are a good source of both heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (known to lower blood cholesterol) and vitamin E, a powerful anti-aging antioxidant.

Both avocados and broccoli contain lutein – a nutrient from the carotenoid family of chemicals that contain pigments.  Lutein is one of the primary yellow pigments found in the central part of the retina (macula) that absorbs harmful components of sunlight.  Both lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to help protect against eye diseases, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

One serving (1 1/4 cup) of this salad contains a whopping 4.5 mg of lutein which nearly meets the 6 mg that is recommended per day by leading physicians.   Continue reading “Broccoli Almond Salad with Avocado”