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Hi, I'm Valerie! I'm a Social Media Marketing Consultant and visual storyteller based in Portland, OR. Let's Regale is a space filled with bits + bites of food, life and travel that are part of my everyday life. It's a breeding ground for ideas and excitement for a balanced and inspired lifestyle.


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Let's Talk Avo... Avocados!

Let's Talk Avo... Avocados!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An avocado a day will keep you at bay. It’s no secret that I love to eat avocados. Creamy, delicious, nutrient-bomb...whats not to love?

Relax.

Avocados won’t make you fat! The heyday of food-fat-phobia is over. If you’re still avoiding avocados because of some misguided, left-over-from-the-80’s belief that avocados will make you fat, you've got it all wrong, my friend. You’re also missing out on an excellent source of mono fat that helps boost heart health. What’s more, those good-fat and fiber-rich avocados can help curb hunger. Studies indicate that meals which include avocado tend to increase feelings of satiety for longer than those without, so consider adding a few avocado slices to your daily diet to help tame between-meal munchies.

As with many superfoods, it’s what’s inside that counts, and avocados are a nutritional treasure trove. In addition to “good” mono-fat, avocados carry plenty of health-boosting nutrients to help your body shine. Underneath the tough green exterior lies over 14 minerals; protein, complete, with all 18 essential amino acids; soluble fiber, to trap excess cholesterol and send it out of the system; phytosterols; polyphenols; carotenoids; omega 3s; vitamins B-complex, C, E, and K, to name a few.

So go ahead, add it to a smoothie, salad, as guac or even straight-up plain... they are pretty darn delicious.

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4th of July Chia Seed Pudding with Strawberry Puree

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