Last year the California Avocado Commission partnered with Tremor, a video network that runs pre-roll video across contextually relevant foodie content on selected websites. The Commission is utilizing the same store locator video technology again this year, but has expanded the availability of the store locator by creating a permanent page on the CaliforniaAvocado.com website.
Throughout the month of June, 588 Chipotle locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington will showcase their “Extra(Ordinary)” Guacamole made with “millions of Hass avocados picked from the orchards of California.”
Food halls are spreading across the United States as consumers embrace a European trend that allows them to shop for artisanal products and dine on international fare under one roof. As part of its California Avocado Month campaign, the California Avocado Commission is embracing the trend by partnering with food hall restaurants and food bloggers.
In our gastrointestinal tract, there are over 1,000 separate bacterial species that can reach a total number in the tens of billions. Not all of these bacteria are bad. Most of them are the “good” or “helpful” type of bacteria, also known as probiotics. So, what are probiotics? They are live acting organisms that help keep the digestive system in a happy, healthy place. Having a healthy gut with the right balance of good bacteria can change the entire health of our bodies.
As probiotic bacteria absorb fiber, they generate acids. One of the acids, proprionic acid, reduces production of cholesterol. Probiotic bacteria have been shown to break down cholesterol and use it for energy. It has been suggested that prebiotics intake may: exert protective effects to prevent colon cancer; reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease; lower some risk factors for cardiovascular disease; enhance the bioavailability and uptake of minerals, including calcium, magnesium and possibly iron; and promote satiety and weight loss and prevent obesity.
5 ways to help reboot your gut
Eat Probiotics: Yes, you can eat these good bacteria, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium which have been linked to various health benefits. These types of living bacteria are found naturally in food, especially in fermented dairy products such as yogurts, aged cheeses and kefir. They also are found in non-dairy foods such as miso and tempeh (a type of soy). A great way to start adding probiotics to your diet is to begin your day with a breakfast smoothie made with yogurt or kefir, snack on a chunk of parmesan cheese paired with an apple, or switch your chicken stir fry night to tempeh stir fry.
Eat Fermented Foods: The fermentation process of vegetables enables the growth of the probiotics. Adding fermented vegetables to your diet will increase your probiotics as well as your vegetable intake. This is also a great way for vegans or people with lactose intolerance to get probiotics. Pickled vegetable products such as sauerkraut and kimchi are sources of fermented probiotics.
Eat Prebiotics: Now, you shouldn’t limit your intake to just probiotics. As humans, we need food to function. And just like us, probiotics need fuel to function and most importantly, multiply. This is where prebiotics come to play. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrate fibers found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. However, not all fibers are created equal as prebiotics must meet certain criteria. These fibers must be resistant to digestion and be able to be fermented by the bacteria in the intestine. There are many types of prebiotic fibers including fructo-oligosaccarides (FOS), inulin, oligofructose and galacto-oligosaccardes (GOS) which are found specifically in asparagus, artichokes, leeks, onions, garlic, bananas, soybeans, whole wheat foods and even California Avocados!
California Avocados are a good source of dietary fiber, with 11% dietary fiber per 1/3 serving or 50 grams 30-40% of which are prebiotic fiber. Avocados also are a healthy superfood with good fats and contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. To have a healthy gut, you need to have a good balance of bacteria. To do that, you need to add both prebiotic and probiotic foods. Try my latest recipe Creole Jambalaya with California Avocado Yogurt Sauce, using both probiotics and prebiotic foods.
Fiber Up: Fiber has always been good for your gut and health regardless of probiotics or prebiotics. Higher intakes of dietary fiber are linked to less cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, lower diabetes risk and lower body weight. Dietary fiber is one of the foods that can help control your hunger by making you satisfied for longer periods of time and therefore eating less. Soluble fiber is found in apples, oatmeal, beans, barley and Brussel sprouts, among others. Insoluble fiber “cleans you up” and makes you regular, resulting in a healthy gut. These fibers are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. So go at it!
Clean Up: It is not difficult to change the balance of your gut bacteria and create conditions that are conducive to bad bacteria. A poor diet that is paired with low intake of pre-and probiotics, allows the bad bacteria in our guts to grow and multiply. So limit the intake of high sugar, high fat, fried foods, processed and high refined carbohydrates because the bad bacteria always love having a party in your gut with these foods.
Summer is synonymous with fresh fare, making seafood a seasonal staple on both the East and West coasts. From crab caught off the coast of New England to the succulent salmon found in the cool waters of the Northwest to the tender tuna from the warm shores of Hawaii, there is no shortage of ocean eats in the United States. To find out which coastal cuisine catches your eye (and your stomach,) we’re diving into a seafood showdown! Whether you’re team East Coast or team West Coast, one thing is certain: Adding California Avocados to your meal is always a good idea.
Sustenance by the Sea
Massachusetts, also known as the Bay State, mixes rich colonial history with some of the best modern-day fishing ports in the world. Thanks to its prime location on the Atlantic, Massachusetts serves up some of the finest shellfish around. Though Hawaii is the youngest state, its cultural traditions have had a major impact on the culinary community. Seafood is plentiful in the Pacific, allowing Hawaii to bring scrumptious saltwater fish to the table. Regardless of which you prefer, California Avocados can enhance these enticing eats.
Crab is a culinary king in communities of both the Northeast and the Northwest. In the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland, crabs are abundant in the Chesapeake Bay and along the coast, making the crab cake a regional classic. King crabs are the crustacean champions in Alaska, with the majority coming from the cool waters of Bristol Bay. The sweet, tender meat from these crabs is used in unique dishes across the globe. Coastal allegiances aside, California Avocados mix well with crustacean creations from any region!
Aptly nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island has sandy beaches, large bays and a long tradition of shellfish dishes. Though the state is small in size, it more than makes up for it with a bounty of savory seafood served in unique ways, like scallops in chilled soup! In the Pacific Northwest state of Washington, foodies can find a fusion of flavors that mix fresh fish with Asian influences to create delicious dishes like salmon rice bowls. Whichever bowl you vote for at the ballot box, adding California Avocados to your dish is a great idea 100 percent of the time.
June is Men’s Health Month, the peak of grilling season, and the month we celebrate Father’s Day. Seems like a perfect time to explore some tasty, manly foods to help support the health of the special dudes in your life.
Superfoods for Dudes
Spices (& Herbs)
Dudes love to grill out, it’s no secret! A super-tip to boost the flavor and healthiness of your grilled foods is to simply marinate your food with antioxidant-rich herbs and spices.
Researchers have found marinades made of rosemary and thyme; oregano, thyme, garlic and onion; and oregano, garlic, basic, onion and parsley are savory, and have the benefit of reducing carcinogens in grilled meats (Dad’s favorite dinner!). Try to use about ½ cup of marinade per pound of raw meat, and remember that longer marinating times lend more flavor in the food – so let it chill! (Check out more tips for healthy Grilling and Chilling)
Use spices, lemon or lime instead of salt to reduce your sodium intake because you don't have to add as much salt to create enjoyable flavor. This, along with a diet rich in potassium helps to offset some of the harmful effects of sodium on blood pressure. Heart-healthy avocados contain 254 mg of potassium per 50 g serving (one-third of a medium avocado).
June isn’t just Men’s Health Month, it’s also California Avocado Month! In peak season during the month of June, avocados pack a lot of important nutrients to support Men’s Health. Avocados provide a variety of “good fats” for everyone’s diet, including monounsaturated fats (also found in olive oil); avocados contribute phytosterols to the diet (38 milligrams of beta sitosterol per serving) which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Avocados are also a good source of fiber and a complex package of phytonutrients, including carotenoids that may provide numerous health benefits. The greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado closest to the peel. So be sure to peel your avocados to gain access to the most nutrient dense part of the fruit!
On the grill? Yes Indeed! Grilled avocados are unique, delicious and ready in minutes
In the summertime, when we sweat a little bit more, hydration becomes even more important. Regular consumption of green tea (either hot or iced) can help meet your hydration needs while providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action and the prevention of some chronic diseases.
Watermelon and Tomatoes provide lycopene, a red pigment that functions as an antioxidant, and is effective in reducing the extent of cancer insurgence, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and macular diseases. Tomatoes, like watermelon, are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of vitamins C and A. Watermelon is great by itself, on the grill, or you can make your own aqua fresca cooler for the whole family! You can also serve guacamole in a hollowed out watermelon rind!
Men love to get more protein, despite the fact that most men (and teenaged boys) already get more than they need. Hempseeds are a convenient, versatile, and tasty way to boost any meal with protein, and a load of other essential nutrients. Adding three tablespoons of hemp seeds to your smoothie, salad or oatmeal boosts your protein intake by its 11 g of protein while also providing an excellent source of magnesium (48% DV), zinc (23% DV) and a good source of iron (16% DV) and protein (22% DV). Catch the buzz of this delicious seed and enjoy the soft, nutty texture and flavor by sprinkling over your summer salads, grilled veggie dishes and more.