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The day before Valentine’s Day is Galentine’s Day—a day to celebrate your best girlfriends. It's all about ladies celebrating ladies. Whether you choose to host a girls-only party, share some yummy treats or binge watch your favourite shows on Netflix, gather your girls together and give them a card that captures just what they mean to you.
Avocados are more than just a popular trend among self-proclaimed "foodies." This stone fruit can help make your diet healthy and tasty!
Whether it's in a smoothie, on toast, or in guacamole, avocado has proven itself in the food world. It's tasty, has a creamy texture and is super healthy for you. Adding avocado to your balanced diet has been linked to reducing the risk of many food intake-related health conditions. Heres some health benefits of the fruit:
1. They're good for your heart.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (aka. good fats), which can help the body keep cholesterol—a risk factor for heart disease— in check. And recent research out of Pennsylvania State University has found that avocados actually lower cholesterol better than other healthy fats, such as olive oil.
2. They improve nutrient absorption.
There are some food combinations that boost the body’s uptake of certain nutrients. It turns out, the avocado is a one-stop shop for nutrient absorption. According to a study from Ohio State University, the fats in avocados helped participants better absorb cancer- and disease-fighting carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which is found in carrots. It also helps the body convert them to vitamin A, which has an important role in growth and development, eye sight and even immunity.
3. They help you lose or maintain weight.
While an avocado can pack about 250 calories, those calories are well spent, especially if you're trying to curb cravings for less healthy foods. Researchers have found that adding half of an avocado to your lunch can help you feel satiated and avoid snacking later. Another study, published in Nutrition Journal in 2014, found that eating avocado was linked with a 40 percent reduction in the desire to eat over the three-hour period that followed.
4. They can help you see clearly.
Avocados are actually great for vision. They contain two phytochemicals that provide antioxidants to reduce damage from UV light. Because of their ability to improve nutrient absorption mentioned above, they also reduce the risk of developing retina disease, macular degeneration that can come with aging, according to Medical News Today.
5. They can protect you from disease.
Because of the high concentration of dietary fibre in avocados, incorporating them into your diet and making sure you are getting enough fibre in your day to day life can significantly lower your risk for chronic disease. Risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more can be reduced according to a study done by the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky.
Looking for healthy and delicious ways to add avocados to your diet? Here are some Canadian Living recipes to add to weekday dinner options:
Canadian Living's senior editor, Stacy Lee Kong, tries out the trend that intimidates her the most: crop tops.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's senior editor Stacy Lee Kong tries out a crop top for work.
"I always admire bold, edgy style, though I don't think I'd ever dress like that myself," says Stacy. Her style profile is more in line with off-duty models: effortless, casual and modern. While most of Stacy's wardrobe is on the minimalist side, she has a palate for trends and likes to pepper them into her wardrobe. One item she loves, that's still absent from her closet is the crop top. "I believe that size shouldn't have any bearing on what you can and cannot wear, so I'm pretty embarrassed that this top gives me so much anxiety to try," she says.
Jacket, $70, and blouse, $25, winners.ca. Crop top, $285, tedbaker.com. Skirt, $70, loft.com. Earrings and necklace, bananarepublic.ca. Watch, timex.ca. Bag, coach.com.
A top that's missing three to eight inches of fabric can understandably cause angst, but we're here to squash those fears. Depending on how this top is styled, it can be extremely flattering—plus, donning one doesn't mean you need to bare your midriff. For Stacy, we chose a structured crop top as the star item and created a layered look around it.
Try wearing the top over a classic white blouse to bring the trend into winter season—and an office environment. Pair the set with a pencil skirt and a cloak and you're good to go.
Shop the trend:
Top, $35 express.com
Babaton top, $95 aritzia.com
Denim top, $35, hm.com/ca
Lace crop top, $72, tobi.com/ca
Crop top, $49, simons.ca
Crop vest, $13, hm.com/ca
Cropped turtleneck, $98, anthropologie.com
Cropped shirt, $59, guess.ca
Knit crop top, $85, aritzia.com
Faux suede crop top, $96, nordstrom.com