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J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch Avocados

SweatTheStyle_JJSlonesDaughterAvocadosFor many of us avocados hold a sacred place in our hearts. We have all heard the amazing benefits of avocados. Avocados are high in potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. They’re also packed with cancer-fighting carotenoids and let’s not forget how tasty they are!

Laura Ramirez knows about the greatness of avocados. Her Redlands-based farm J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch, brings amazing avocados to the Santa Monica and Hollywood farmers markets every week, not only assisting customers in picking out the perfect citrus fruit of their liking but also surprising most of her customers with the vast amount of different types of avocados!

Her avocados in season right now (pictured above clockwise) are the classic haas, reed and pinkerton. All of this and more make it imperative to taste test these avocados at least once in your life!

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Simple Chilli Avocado

SweatTheStyle_FuerteAvocadosThe best things in life are often the simplest. This quick, easy and delicious combination could be eaten on its own or on toast, in a sandwich, or over a bed of lettuce. We used Fuerte avocados from farmer Laura Ramirez of JJ Slone Daughter Ranch in California. These beautiful avocados have high oil content and also make delicious guacamole and spreads.
Ingredients:
1 avocado
Pinch of red chilli flakes
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
Slice avocado, sprinkle sea salt and red chilli flakes. Dashing some extra virgin olive oil over top to add a little extra flavor and texture.

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Rainbow Citrus & Avocado Salad with Juicy Dressing

AdrianneHo_BloodOrange Citrus is in season so why not celebrate by combining all its diverse colors and tastes together. At the Hollywood Farmers’ market we found all the blood oranges, navel oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and meyer lemons at farmer Laura Ramirez of J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch which is certified organic. She also grows a wide variety of avocados so we decided to add a beautiful fuerte avocado to ground the fresh juicy flavors of all our specialty citrus. Traditionally citrus fruits and avocados grow together so maybe that’s why they compliment each other so well.

SweatTheStyle_CitrusSalad_Ingredients Ingredients:
2 navel oranges
2 tangerines
2 blood oranges
2 pink grapefruit
1 meyer lemon, thinly sliced crosswise with the skin on
1 fuerte avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
1 shallot, very thinly sliced
¼ c meyer lemon juice
½ c extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch of mizuna
½ c pistachios, shelled, toasted and lightly pounded
salt

SweatTheStyle_CitrusSalad Instructions:
Using a sharp utility or pairing knife cut off the top and bottom of the oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruits so that it sits flat on the cutting board. Cut down the side of each fruit curving the knife to follow its natural line, remove the skin and white pith. Place the fruit on its side and slice crosswise to make pinwheels, about a ¼ inch thick.

Peel the tangerines and with a paper towel gently rub off the pith and pull each piece apart.

To make the juicy dressing, put the meyer lemon juice and any left over juice from all the citrus into a bowl. Slowly whisk in the extra virgin olive oil and season with a pinch of salt.

To assemble the salad, put the citrus, shallots, avocado and mizuna into a large bowl and add a pinch of salt. Pour over the dressing and toss very gently. Layer the ingredients onto a plate and garnish with pistachios.

Recipe x Catty Boom Batty

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Avocado benefits

SweatTheStyle_Avocado The avocado is known as the alligator fruit, reflecting its shape and texture – cut it open and it looks like an alligator eye too! Avocados boost the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K as well as certain carotenoids like lycopene and beta-carotene. Add them to a salad for bonus nutrient points. The avocado itself is a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant to help protect against eye disease. They often get a bad rap for being too fatty. Not so! The fats in avocados, notably monounsaturated fats, are heart-friendly as they lower the risk of heart disease by reducing lousy cholesterol and regulating blood pressure. By eating just two avocados a week you can improve your skin’s elasticity, boost moisture and may even reduce wrinkles. Just ½ an avocado provides 3.4 g of fiber – this includes both soluble and insoluble fiber which keeps your digestive system running smoothly and you feeling fuller longer.

By: Beata Rydyger BSc RHN, She Lives Clean

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Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo

AdrianneHo_Vans_4Avocado are good for more than just guacamole, it’s oil is one of the few natural plant oils that contain protein which is your hair’s prime building block.

SweatTheStyle_BurtsBeesPreShampooBurt’s Bee’s Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo puts this to good use. Avocado oil moisturizes hair while olive oil, almond oil, and herbal extracts give hair a glossy shine and smooth texture. Apply to hair for at least 5 minutes before you shampoo and condition for healthy shiny hair.

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Make A. Toast (Avocado Toast)

AvocadoToast Ingredients:
Avocado: 1 Whole
Gluten-Free Bread: 2 Slices
Olive Oil: 3 Tbsp
Sea Salt: Flake To Taste
Chili Flakes: To Taste
Lemon: 1/2 Juiced

Instructions:
Cut avocado in half and spoon out flesh into a bowl.
Mash avocado with a fork and add lemon juice.
Toast gluten-free bread.
Drizzle olive oil on bread.
Spread avocado mixture on toast.
Sprinkle with sea salt and chili flakes.

I think it’s time for us to have A. Toast!

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_GlutenFreeFriedChicken-2Lets face it, when we hear the words fried chicken we instantly think of our cheat meal quota being filled for the week. Lucky for us the taste of authentic fried chicken is no longer out of reach for those who want to avoid gluten. Creating the perfect blend of crispy yet tender fried chicken is a another one of Chef Catty Boom Batty’s specialties. Marinating the chicken in buttermilk is one of the secrets to making this Southern-style fried chicken so tender and juicy. Paired with a simple salad topped with homemade dressing this is a treat for anyone craving a healthier version of an american classic.

Fried Gluten Free Chicken Strips
Serves 3
Ingredients:
1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Chicken Tenders
2 c Gluten Free Flour
2 c Buttermilk
2 T Smoked Paprika
2 T Granulated Garlic
2 T Granulated Onion
2 t Cayenne Pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
4 t + 1 pinch Kosher Salt

Directions:
If using chicken breasts, cut into 1inch strips. In a medium sized bowl add 1T smoked paprika, 1T granulated garlic, 1T granulated onion, 1t of cayenne pepper, 2t of kosher salt and the buttermilk, together then marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for at least 2 hours or overnight.
In a small electric fryer, add vegetable oil just about 2/3 the way up from the basket. Heat at 375 degrees fahrenheit.
In a shallow pan add the flour and the remaining seasoning. Dredge the buttermilk chicken into the flour and dust off any excess flour. Then add the chicken into the fryer and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto a paper towel and season with a pinch of salt.

Market Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing, Cucumber and Avocado
Serves 3
1 head of Butter Lettuce or Market Lettuce
1/4 Medium Diced Cucumber
1 ea Avocado Sliced
1/4 c Buttermilk Dressing
2 T Italian Parsley Leaves
1 T Dill Leaves
1 t Kosher Salt
1/2 Lemon

Buttermilk Dressing
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 c Organic Mayo
1/4 c Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
1/4 c Buttermilk
1 T Finely Chopped Dill
1 t Granulated Garlic
1 t Granulated Onion
1 T Lemon Juice
2 t minced Shallots
2 t Kosher Salt

Directions for Buttermilk Dressing:
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the shallots and macerate with the lemon juice. Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together.

Directions for Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, add the cleaned lettuce leaves, cucumber, buttermilk dressing, dill, parsley, salt and lemon juice. Mix together well and then place on a plate and garnish with the sliced avocado.

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Milk Sunshine Skin Tint

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I think I speak for all of us when I say there is nothing worse than wearing foundation that is too heavy, especially in the summer. Durable, breathable, and smooth are key words when it comes to choosing the best foundation.

Milk Studios Sunshine Skin Tint is a fresh take on liquid foundation. This featherweight foundation makes it easy to achieve a flawless complexion while protecting your skin with SPF30. Packed with ingredients ranging from avocado to grapeseed oil, this Skin Tint is perfect for target coverage and overall skin tone. Not only is this product vegan but it’s also preservative-free; something you could previously only get in powder foundations. On top of all of the obvious perks, it comes packaged in an easy and convenient tube with a rollerball tip that glides on the skin perfectly. This makes it super easy to throw in your gym bag without having to worry about compacts and brushes. The less make-up to carry the better!

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Cast Iron Chicken Leg with Summer Succotash and Basil Pistou

SweatTheStyle_Catty_ChickenSuckatash_BowlThe perfect summer dish that’s both high in protein and full of nutrients. The fresh crisp consistency of the seasonal succotash, compliments the creamy avocado puree, and the savory tender chicken leg. Tasty and satisfying without weighing you down with empty calories. The best part about cooking with high quality organic free range chicken is that you don’t have to worry about separating the skin while you’re eating, that’s where a ton of flavor from the cast iron and seasoning live. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your plating technique and impress all your friends! Feel free to swap out vegetables for what’s in season at your local farmers market.

Ingredients:
4 Whole Chicken Legs, deboned and seasoned
3T Fennel Thyme spice blend
2 Avocados, seed and stem removed
¼ c Cold water
2 Limes, for juice
1 Lemon, for juice
1 Jalapeno, vein and seeds removed
1tsp Thyme, picked
1tsp Oregano, chopped
3 Corn, kernels removed
¼ lb Shishito Peppers, stems removed
¼ lb Cranberry Beans cooked
¼ lb Baby Summer Squash, cut into ½” pieces
1c Cherry Tomatoes, halved
¼ Red Onion, thinly sliced
½ c Basil leaves, picked
½ c Parsley leaves, picked
2 cloves of garlic
¼ c + 4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Avocado Puree
Place the avocado, lime juice, water, jalapeno in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Basil Pistou
Put the basil, parsley, garlic, 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil in a food processor or blender, puree until smooth, season with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of ½ a lemon.

Succotash
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Pour 2T of extra virgin olive oil then add shishito peppers and cook until blistered. Add the squash, corn, thyme and oregano. Once the corn and squash are almost tender, add the cranberry beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the tomatoes are lightly cooked. Add a squeeze of ½ a lemon and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Chicken Leg
Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and the fennel thyme spice mix. Heat a large cast iron over medium-high heat, add the remainder 2T of extra virgin olive oil, then place the chicken skin side down onto the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the skin is golden brown, then flip the chicken and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for about 1-2 minutes.

Recipe By: Catty Boom Batty

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J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch Fresh Citrus Juice

SweatTheStyle_JJSloanDaughtersRanchJuice-2If you visited any of the major farmers markets in Los Angeles chances are you’ve passed by Farmer Laura Ramirez of J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch. She grows a wide variety of avocados (yes there’s more than just hass), citrus, and other specialty fruit and has recently started bottling her own juices.

What’s special about these juices is they’re made from only the fruit mentioned on the bottle, no artificial additives and no mixes, that way you know you’re getting 100% organic local goodness grown from her farm. After finishing a bottle of blood orange or tangerine we promise you will never look at a glass of OJ the same again!

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