Avocado Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing with AvoPure

As you may recall I received a pouch of AvoPure avocado powder for the purpose of creating DIY beauty recipes.  While I was creating my DIY Avocado Pre-Poo Treatment, I thought “hmmm this would probably make a good salad dressing” and I was determined to find out.

I use a basic balsamic dressing recipe whenever I am making a salad for dinner and my typical salad includes nice chunks of creamy avocado.  I used my balsamic dressing recipe as a base and simply added a bit of the AvoPure avocado powder.  My imagination did not let me down. 20151220_133442

Avocado Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/2 c Safflower oil (or a mild flavor oil)
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp AvoPure avocado powder

Add all ingredients, except the oil, to a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.  Then slowly add the oil while whisking quickly to incorporate thoroughly. This will yield a medium viscosity creamy dressing.

for the Garden Salad

  • 1 head of green leaf, red leaf or Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 6-8 Campari tomatoes (or one large tomato)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 ounce blue cheese crumbles (optional)

Rough chop the lettuce discarding the core or base and place in a large bowl. Quarter the cucumber and add to the mixing bowl. Quarter your Campari tomatoes, or slice your regular tomato into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl.  Slice your avocado in half, removing the pit. Then make vertical and horizontal slices into the flesh to create bite sized piece and add to the bowl. Sprinkle in blue cheese crumbles.  Add your dressing and toss. Yields four servings.

I serve this salad several times a week and it is very easy to make.  I like the Campari tomatoes because they have a low acidity and aren’t filled with tomato goo. They are also small which makes them easy to use.  Do not use iceberg lettuce, in fact don’t even eat that crap. It is the just solid water with no nutritional value and no taste. I love blue cheese and it belongs in this salad, but it is just as good without it.

For the dressing you can substitute pretty much anything. I use whatever I have on hand. If I am out of honey I will use maple syrup, agave nectar or even brown sugar.  For the mustard you need it to act as an emulsifier so do not exclude it.  This dressing also makes a great marinade for chicken or beef. You can make it ahead of time and store in your fridge if you like but it is very easy to make on the fly.

Avocado Pre-Poo Treatment with AvoPure

If you are like me you love a good DIY treatment for your hair and skin. There is something lovely about making your own products that cater exactly to your beauty needs. One of my favorite natural ingredients to use in my treatments is avocado. It is a beautiful nutrient rich superfood that is just perfect for getting your life together.  However there are a few setbacks in the use of avocados: outside of living in California they are never picked fresh and you have to catch them within that ripeness window, out of season they can be pretty pricey, and they don’t lend themselves to partial use. AvoPure

I was contacted by AvoPure, a New Zealand based company that specializes in avocado powder.  This foodgrade powder is perfect for use in nutricosmetic applications such as face masks, hair conditioners, soaps or balms.

From their website:

Avocado is often called a ‘food for the skin’. Nutrient dense, it has superb natural moisturising and anti-ageing properties.  And with AvoPure avocado powder, you can harness the goodness and health benefits of premium New Zealand avocados in your personal care and cosmetic products.  Being 100% pure, with no additives, fillers or manufacturing residues, AvoPure avocado powder can be combined with other ingredients without risk of chemical conflict.  The light weight, soft and incredibly fine powder provides a highly flexible base medium for cosmetics and personal care products.

Needless to say I was happy to get my hands on the packets and start playing around with recipes.  The advantages to using AvoPure avocado powder over actual avocados is that you can use as much or as little as you want, you don’t have to worry about spoilage, and it is much easier to incorporate the powder into your treatments.

DIY Avocado Pre-Poo

  • 3 oz Safflower oil (or your favorite oil)
  • 1 Tbsp AvoPure avocado powder
  • 2 oz conditioner
  • Color applicator bottle (example)

Gently warm the oil, I popped mine into the microwave for a few seconds then pour into the color applicator bottle. Add the AvoPure powder and shake until well mixed. Add your conditioner of choice then shake again.

To use: This is a pre-shampoo treatment.  Section your hair into four – six workable sections. Apply the mixture to the hair from root to tip massaging gently into the hair. Cover with plastic cap and allow to penetrate for 10-15 minutes. Shampoo and condition hair as normal. AvoPure Avocado Prepoo

For me my hair felt both soft and strengthened after using this pre-poo treatment as compared to my weekly shampoo and condition regimen.  I had wore my hair out in an afro for most of the week so it was very dry and tangled.  The pre-poo treatment really helped melt the tangles away and made quick work of my detangling session.  I am going to incorporate the AvoPure avocado powder in future skin and hair treatments and report back my findings.

 

 

Avo-Coco Hair Smoothie

DIY Deep Conditioner you can whip up yourself in your own kitchen.
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
6 oz  coconut milk
2 Tbsp oil, try coconut or olive oil
1Tbsp honey

Mash avocado and banana in a bowl.  Stir or whisk in coconut milk, oil and honey.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse and proceed with styling.  For a recipe with more protein check out this post.

This is a super delicious smoothie that is good enough to eat!

Blended Beauty Independence Day Sale

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I have not tried these products, but the company has been around for sometime.  You can find plenty threads about the products use on hair forums, message boards or on youtube. Here is a review from YTer PrettyDimples01 http://youtu.be/a0RDWOnHAEo

The company also has a guide to help you select the best products for your hair needs.  Blended Beauty products are 98-99% natural and do not contain petroleum, mineral oil, silicone or acrylics.

Hair Guac

I.  Love.  Avocados.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Cali.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I consider guacamole to be the most perfect food.  That is why I have such a hard time doing avocado hair treatments, I always end up making guac and eating it before it comes time to do a hair treatment.  *sigh*  Well this time I knew I was going to henna my hair and that I would NEED to do a good deep treatment afterward.  So the day before henna day I made sure to buy a super over-ripe avocado; gross for eating but perfect for hair.

Avocados are little fruity (yep, they are a fruit) powerhouses of good fat, as well as vitamins B, E and K.  They are a great way to add moisture to your tired brittle tresses.  They will leave your hair feeling soft and well conditioned.  Not to mention that you can pick one up for about $1 at any grocer throughout the year.

Mixology 

1 avocado

2 Tbsp agave nectar

1 Tbsp evoo

Take the pulp of one avocado and mash it with a fork until smooth.  It helps if you use an over-ripened avocado as it will already be very soft.  Next stir in agave nectar and oil, blend until smooth.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and let sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and style as usual.

You may encounter fibers from the avocado that get stuck in your hair.  You can prevent this by putting the mix through a fine mesh strainer before applying to your hair.  For me, after I rinsed out the hair guac, I used a leave-in condish and my tangle teezer to remove the fibers from my coils.

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? Share it with us by leaving a comment.

Avocado-Coconut Conditioner

This conditioner is packed with vitamins and nutrients from superfoods.  This can be used a a pre-poo or as a DC

 

Flesh of 1 ripe avocado

¼ cup coconut cream

¼ cup coconut water

3 tablespoons mayonnaise containing egg

In medium-sized bowl mix avocado and coconut cream. In very small bowl whisk together coconut water and mayonnaise then add this to the avocado mixture. Whisk all together until smooth.

Divide hair into 6-8 sections. Slather green mixture on each section working all the way into hair, from root to tip. Put on shower cap or other loose fitting plastic cap. Sit out in the sun if possible or under dryer on medium heat setting, if available. Leave on hair for 25 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

**Conditioner should be used immediately. Discard leftovers, use as a facial or share it with someone else.

Avocado Oil Treatment

Whatever the season, the hair can benefit from a little special treatment beyond the usual shampoo or conditioner. I recommend this dense, hot oil treatment to add shine, strengthen and soften the hair. You can use this pre-poo as an standard oil blend or add the essential oils for an additional boost.  It has a minty, floral scent provided by the essential oils, which also help condition hair and scalp. Recommended for dry, damaged, color-treated or chemically treated hair.

1 cup avocado oil

1/2 cup safflower oil

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

Essential Oils:

4 drops lavender

3 drops lemongrass

3 drops rosemary

2 drops geranium

Mix first three oils in order given in a non-reactive bowl. Heat in a double boiler on the stove until it starts to gently bubble or for 40 seconds in the microwave.  Remove from heat.  Using individual droppers, drop in essential oils in order given; swirl to mix. Test on back of wrist to make sure temperature is acceptable (not too hot).

Divide hair into about 8 sections; twist or secure with clips. Apply warmed oils to scalp and ends of hair. Massage in. Put on a shower cap or other plastic head wrap. Let oils continue to warm using body heat and sunlight if available for 25 minutes. Shampoo, condition and style as usual.

Remaining oil can be stored in sterile jar for later use as long as you keep it pure (no water). It is okay to double this recipe for longer hair.