Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laughter is the best medicine

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." -Charlie Chaplin

Research is suggesting scientific truth to the age old adage, "Laughter is the best medicine". Scientists are examining how laughter can help:

Protect the heart Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. It has been shown to improve your HDL (good cholesterol) levels and reduce inflammation.

Support Immune System Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Soothe Stress A study by Loma Linda University revealed that laughter helps lower the stress hormone cortisol by 39%. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals promoting an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

And so much more!

So, my edible advice of the week is to call up your friends and get together for a healthy feast (visit for recipes) and lots of laughter!!!

One love,

Jennifer xo

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Ok, so I was having a relatively not-so-great day until my recent discovery. I am so excited to share, my little fingers can't type fast enough! My girlfriend had mentioned in passing that she had been treated to this delicious chocolate mousse and that she would share the recipe soon. She let me know it was simple, healthy and that the secret ingredient was avocado. Sounds too good to be true, right? WRONG! I have no idea if this is the same recipe because my chocolate cravings got the best of me this morning and I opened my fridge to an avocado that needed to be eaten today. Serendipitous! So, I put on my lab coat and started experiementing and here it is folks, a healthy chocolate mouse to live for! VoilĂ , My Edible Advice of the day:

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

1 avocado

8 Medjool dates, chopped

1/4 cup cocao powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the real deal vanilla bean if you are fancy and wealthy

Place all ingredients in food processor. Blend, blend, blend – scraping sides when necessary – until smooth.

That’s it! I don't know, I suppose it makes 2-3 servings but I am sitting here typing and eating it directly from the food processor and I am nearly done. Oops! You can't judge, it is totally healthy.


Jennifer xoxo