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Going along with the health-themed posts this week, I've invited food blogger Hilary from For the Love of Basil to join in on the fun!


Where did your passion for health come from?

I have always been passionate about health, nutrition, and cooking. I pursued my interest in health by receiving my Master's of Public Health and became certified as a nutrition consultant. During my work with the World Health Organization in Fiji and interning with the American Diabetes Association, I witnessed how crucial it is to have a healthy relationship with food and eat food that is good for your body. The main reasons people don't eat healthy is (1) they don't know a lot about nutrition or eating healthy or (2) they know what they should be eating, but wither a crazy schedule or lack of desire (which usually changes once people understand the impacts of a healthy diet) prevent them from actually doing it! I started my food blog both as a creative outlet and a way to share nutritional information and easy healthy recipes. Good food doesn't have to be hard!

What is your favorite healthy recipe?

I have always love smoothies, but have fallen head-over-heels in love again ever since adding avocados to my smoothies! My Avocado & Mango Protein Smoothie recipe is definitely my favorite way to start my day.

The avocado provides a creamy texture that is hard to find in dairy-free smoothies, while the mango adds a natural subtle sweetness, coconut water to keep you hydrated, protein powder to keep you full, but this Avocado & Mango Protein Smoothie truly becomes superb by adding lime and mint.

Why all the hype about avocados?

There are so many reasons that avocados deserve the credit and craze they have been given!

1. Avocados are actually a fruit-a berry in fact! They are of the few high-protein fruits (which makes them a perfect breakfast food and a great addition to your smoothie!)
2. An avocado has more potassium than a banana. 
3. Avocados are packed with fiber, folate, and vitamin K.
4. The healthy fats in avocados make it easier for the body to absorb all the other good stuff in smoothies like vitamins A, C, and K.
5. They make a great replacement for butter in healthy baking.
6. Finally, let's face it- there are a million delicious ways to add avocado into your diet. My husband's favorite way is my Avocado Hummus!

THANK YOU HILARY!! I can't wait to try the smoothie! Also, Isaac recently discovered a love for hummus, so I might have to make the Avocado Hummus for him too! Have a great day everyone!