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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Save Your Skin

The sun’s warm rays are a welcome reprieve in the summer. But with sunshine comes one of the most common skin disorders – sunburn. The damage caused by sunburn and over-exposure to the sun is responsible for wrinkles, liver spots, thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels and skin cancer. Some studies now suggest that the sun damage you get before age 12 constitutes up to 80% of your lifetime risk for skin cancer.
Doctors now agree that there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Any coloration is your skin’s reaction to damage. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is the cause of most skin cancers, and, unfortunately, skin cancer is affecting more and more people each year. Everyone needs to be aware of the dangers caused by the sun and take the proper precautions like using sunscreen.

Summertime Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other healthy substances. Soluble fiber’s a good thing because it can help lower cholesterol. Antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body, which create oxidative damage, a contributor to heart disease. And, because fruits and vegetables are low in calories, they can replace higher-calorie foods while satisfying hunger.
Choose from a variety of colors to get a mix of benefits, and remember to eat them fresh or barely cooked in order to retain nutrients.

Drink Up

A glass of red wine is said to benefit the heart and vascular system. A glass of orange juice also has heart-healthy benefits, thanks to the vitamin C, other vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Skim milk is low in fat but high in nutrients that help the heart function properly. Water keeps you hydrated.

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries


  • 2 firm avocados
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko or regular breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray
  1. Heat the oven: Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F.
  2. Prepare the breading assembly line: Prepare the ingredients for the breaded coating in 3 separate wide, shallow bowls. Whisk the flour, salt and pepper in the first bowl, beat the eggs in the second bowl and place the breadcrumbs in the third bowl. Arrange the bowls in an assembly line: flour mixture, eggs, then breadcrumbs. Place a baking sheet next to the bowl of breadcrumbs.
  3. Slice avocados: Use a chef's knife to halve the avocados, cutting from the stem end to the base. Remove and discard the pits. Cut each half into 6 (1/2-inch-wide) slices, and remove and discard the skin.
  4. Flour the avocado slice: Working with 1 avocado slice at a time, coat in flour, then egg and finally breadcrumbs. Start with coating it in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  5. Dip the avocado slice: Dip the flour-coated avocado slice in egg, making sure the egg completely coats the slice.
  6. Bread the avocado slice: Roll the avocado slice in the breadcrumbs. Make sure it is fully covered and well-coated.
  7. Place the slices on a baking sheet and repeat: Place the breaded avocado slice on the baking sheet. Repeat the process with all the slices, spacing them about 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
  8. Coat with cooking spray: Spray the avocado fries with cooking spray.
  9. Bake the avocado fries: Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the fries are golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven halfway through cooking and flip each avocado fry over with a flat spatula or tongs to ensure it cooks and browns evenly.
  10. Cool the avocado fries: Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
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