Today's prompt is Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?
Date: April 1st, 2012
Today I am burying my health time capsule to be opened 100 years from today. I've considered the things I want to place inside the object that will be unearthed when I'm no longer on this planet. I've thought about what health options women like me will have at their disposal. I've decided I don't want to get too technical with what I place in my health time capsule, but I want whomever discovers it to know the benefits of a healthy diet. One of my favorite healthy foods to eat is avocados. I love them and they provide healthy benefits, so this is what someone will dig up on April 1st, 2112...
Date: April 1st, 2112
My health time capsule has been found today. Let's take a look inside to see what I left as a contribution to others.
Content's: 4 avocado pits with instructions on how to grow an avocado tree, a fact sheet on the healthy benefits of the avocado and two healthy recipes.
- Wash the seed. Using three toothpick, suspend it broad end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed.
- Put it in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see roots and stem sprout in about two to six weeks.
- When the stem is six to seven inches long, cut it back to about three inches.
- When the roots are thick and the stem has leafed out again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2" diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed.
- Give it frequent, light waterings with an occasional deep soak. Generally, the soil should be moist but not saturated. Yellowing leaves are a sign of over-watering; let the plant dry out for a few days.
- The more sunlight, the better.
- If leaves turn brown and fry at the tips, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Let water run freely into the pot and drain for several minutes.
- When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots.
- While it is true that you can grow a tree from an avocado seed, keep in mind that a tree grown from seed will be very different from its parent variety and may take 7-15 years to begin producing fruit. Fruit from a tree grown from seed tends to have different flavor characteristics than their parent variety. Known varieties such as Hass avocados are grafted to preserve their varietal characteristics rather than grown from a seed. Learn more about grafting in the Ventura County Avocado Handbook.
- As a good fats substitute for foods high in saturated fats
- As a nutrient-dense addition to your favorite foods to help you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
- As post-workout snack: avocados are naturally sodium- and cholesterol free and have less than 1g of sugar per 1-oz. serving
Recipes for a healthy future
AVOCADO AND MELON BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
I hope you have enjoyed exploring my health time capsule. Remember, there a lot of ways to stay healthy and eat right in the future. Avocados are just one of the many ways you can get the healthy nutrients you need for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
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