Mom always said eat your veggies

Use this device to slice and dice avocados.

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 11:27 p.m.
Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the University of Florida's Plaza of the Americas, student group Animal Activists of Alachua will serve free vegan food from local restaurants and national vendors. Speakers will include vegan body builder Kenneth Williams and animal advocate Harold Brown. Brown will also speak at the Downtown Library tonight at 7 and will show excerpts from his documentary, "Peaceable Kingdom."

Avocado ally

This sturdy gadget pits and slices avocados in short order. The smaller end, made of heavy-duty plastic, removes the pit; the stainless-steel end creates tidy slices.
The dual-use tool is awkward to handle at first, but we found it especially useful for recipes that use lots of avocados; it's dishwasher-safe too. It's $15 at Williams-Sonoma stores and by mail-order: 877-812-6235 or visit

Going blue

Looking for a tasty, healthy treat? The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council would like you to remember a small, round option: blueberries.
Need some ideas? The USHBC has those, too:
  • Chop peaches or pineapple into chunks and toss with fresh blueberries-stir in a bit of crystallized ginger for zing.
  • Take a break with a low-cal treat. Simply stir fresh blueberries into partially set sugar-free lemon-flavored gelatin and chill 'til firm.
  • Shower a scoop of peach ice cream with partially thawed frozen blueberries. For more, visit
    Blue Banana Boats 2 fruit roll-ups, any flavor 4 thin, 4-inch long pretzel sticks 1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen or drained canned blueberries
    cup grape juice, or juice from canned blueberries
    2 bananas, cut in quarters 4 small scoops frozen yogurt or fruit sorbet
    1/2 cup fruit cut in pieces, such as mandarin oranges or grapes
    To make "sails": Unroll fruit rolls and cut into four triangles, about 3 inches on all sides; with a sharp knife, make three small cuts along one edge of each triangle; thread onto pretzel sticks.
    In four soup or cereal bowls, divide blueberries evenly; pour 2 tablespoons juice into each bowl.
    To form a "boat": Place two banana quarters on opposite sides of bowl; between the bananas, place a scoop of frozen yogurt.
    Scatter fruit over all and push a pretzel "sail" into yogurt. Serve immediately.
    Yield: Four portions Nutritional information (per portion): 254 calories; 55 g carbohydrate; 4 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 5 g fiber
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