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Sep 16

When I dip, you dip, we dip!!!

Posted to Creation Station by Tiffany Barker

Hello Everyone,                       


I don’t know about you but I LOVE Guacamole!! Who knew that putting together avocados, lime juice, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and seasonings would make a health snack that everyone would love. 


National Guacamole Day on September 16 brings fresh flavors together for the perfect celebration. Since avocados fall under the superfood category, feel free to indulge. Packed full of good fats and nutrients, along with the fresh taste of lime and hint of spice, the dip is flavorful. It’s easy to make, too. Take it to work or use it for a party dish.


Did you know there are lots of different ways you can make this amazing dip. Here are a few I found that I’m anxious to try.


Strawberry and Mango Guacamole:

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados

2 limes, juiced

1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced small

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced

2tablespoons minced red onion

1/4 cumin

1ripe mango, peeled and diced

1 jalapeno, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Scoop the flesh of 2 of the avocados into a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Dice the remaining avocado. Stir it into the mashed avocado along with all the other ingredients and enjoy!!


As you are enjoying your Guac why not have it with some homemade chips. Heres how to make them. 


INGREDIENTS

  • About 3/4 to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil, more or less depending on how many chips you are making
  • Corn tortillas (get the standard kind, not the super fancy kind), each tortilla will make 6 chips, 12 tortillas will yield 72 chips, a good snack for 2 to 3 people
  • Kosher salt (or other coarse salt)

BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS

 Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Cut the tortillas into wedges.

 Spread the tortilla wedges out on a baking sheet in a single layer.

 Bake: Bake the tortilla wedges for about 6 minutes, then use tongs to turn the wedges over.

Sprinkle with a little salt, and bake for another 6 to 9 minutes, until they are just beginning to color.  Remove from the oven and let cool. Sprinkle with more salt to serve.


It’s that easy. This fun and healthy snack is great no matter what time of day it is. Have fun making this as a family. Try different ideas and different flavors. Just have fun together. Have an amazing day. Until next week : ) 

Tiffany

Program Supervisor

Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted to ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08VueFFJf6c