We live in a time when superfoods are the name of the game. Health has never been valued more than it is today and people are constantly trying to find new foods that will make them live, feel and even look better. One of these superfoods is the avocado, and now, you can drink it as a kind of tea.
Whether it be in salads, on rice cakes or in guacamole, avocado is widely regarded these days as a superfood that everyone should make an effort to include in their diet, one way or another. Persea Americana, as it is also known, has come a long way since its Central American roots.
While fans of avocado primarily use them as spreads or as a salad ingredient, some even like to drink the fruit, using it in smoothies and even as baby food. However, the uses for avocado are getting more diverse by the day.
Not only is this fruit full of health benefits, but its leaves are reportedly just as healthy. Many are taking them and brewing them to create a new kind of tea that is not just tasty, but very good for you.
Like many teas, this one does have a naturally bitter taste to it, which can obviously be made sweeter. However, one shouldn’t ignore the health properties that these “tea leaves” possess. Full of fiber, these leaves can help reduce inflammation and cure stomach aches.
Moreover, this tea can reduce cholesterol levels and one’s blood pressure. Not to mention the fact that its low calorific intake will do wonders for your metabolism. Reports show that avocado tea can even reduce chances of type 2 diabetes.
Here’s a basic outline of how to prepare tea with avocado leaves:
1. Wash the leaves. 2. Add 1-2 cups of water and the leaves into a pot. Bring to boil. 3. Simmer for about 10 minutes. 4. Add sugar or sweetener to taste. 5. Strain the tea into a cup and wait until its warm to drink.
These Celebrities Defied the Odds and Made Millions After Growing Up Poor
There are plenty of celebrities out there who started with nothing before making it to the top. Here are some examples of celebrities who grew up poor before they went on to make a fortune…
When he was just 12 years old, Jim Carrey was heartbroken to hear that his dad had lost his job. As a result, he would go on to live with his family in a van. Moreover, the entire family worked together as janitors and security guards. Despite his struggles though, Carrey knew how to make people around him laugh and soon made a name for himself on the standup scene in Toronto. These days, the Ace Ventura star is worth around $150 million.
Demi Moore often describes herself as having been a “trailer park kid” during her youth. The young girl, who would eventually become a part of the 80s Brat Pack, dropped out of school at a young age and was constantly on the move. Moore doesn’t like to use the term “poor” to describe her childhood, but she does admit that her family didn’t have much money. Despite not being as prolific as she was in the 80s, Moore still has an impressive net worth of $150 million.
There is no denying that Chris Pratt’s rise to fame happened at a rapid pace. These days, he is starring in blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. Back when he was a kid though, Pratt didn’t have much money and in his opinion – he didn’t need much. After he dropped out of community college, Pratt relocated to Hawaii, became a waiter and lived in a van. Eventually, though, a Hawaiian filmmaker noticed his talent and gave him his first acting job.
Long before Oprah Winfrey became one of the wealthiest figures in the entertainment industry, she was extremely poor. When she was young, she lived with many different members of her family and often suffered because of it. Whether it was her humble Mississippi beginnings, her Milwaukee boarding home or her father’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, Oprah had it rough. However, she was determined to pursue a career in media, and as of October 2019, she has a net worth of $2.7 billion.
While Halle Berry has since gone on to become a true Hollywood great, the talented actress was once part of a struggling family during her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. She suffered from racist bullying at school and seeing that her father wasn’t around, her mother was forced to raise Halle and her sister by herself. Halle eventually moved to New York without a dollar to her name and even lived in a homeless shelter at one point. These days, however, she is an Academy Award-winning multi-millionaire!
One of the most prolific rappers of the last decade, Nicki Minaj has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Trinidad & Tobago. Apparently, she lived in a three-bedroom home with nine other people and according to Minaj, she would pray by her bed every night. She hoped that one day, she wouldn’t be poor and be able to take care of her mother. In fact, Minaj’s fortunes have changed so much that she has recently announced that she is considering early retirement.
It’s amazing to think that Kelly Clarkson was the very first winner of American Idol. Before her achievements on the reality TV contest, the pop star claimed to be from a family that lived “pre-paycheck to pre-paycheck.” She told CBS that she dreamed of no longer having to worry about eviction notices and the next time she would have food on the table. These days, Clarkson is a proud mother of two and is able to raise them in her multi-million dollar home.
Before she came up with the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling was struggling to make ends meet in the real world. The talented writer was living off welfare and a number of issues such as losing her mother inspired the stories about Harry, Ron and Hermione. “I remember 20 years ago not eating so my daughter would eat,” she said. “Remember nights when there was literally no money. I would have done anything to work, and I took as much work as I could.”
When Naomi Watts was just four years old, her parents got divorced. Her father, who used to work as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd, left the band and ended up dying under tragic circumstances. This meant that Watts’ mother took complete care of Naomi and her brother. Watts spent her childhood moving around the world, spending time in Australia and Wales. Since then though, the actress has become a huge Hollywood success and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.
There was a time when Hilary Swank wouldn’t have described herself as the “Million Dollar Baby.” The Academy Award-winning actress spent a lot of her childhood in trailer parks. Eventually, when her mother became unemployed, they relocated to California and it was here that Swank pursued a career in acting. During this time, she practically lived in a car with her mom. Despite her $50 million net worth, Swank claims that she still likes to live an “uncomplicated” life.
It is no secret that Jay-Z is the first person in the history of hip-hop to become a billionaire. However, the rapper will never forget his humble beginnings back in the projects in Brooklyn. Shawn Carter grew up surrounded by crime and in order to get by, he was forced to do illegal things. Ultimately though, music was always Jay’s biggest passion and he eventually walked away from his life of crime to become a rapper. Fast forward 30 years later, and Jay-Z and Beyonce are music’s power couple.
Anyone who has watched Gossip Girl knows how integral Leighton Meester was to that show. These days, the TV star has an impressive net worth of $5 million. However, there is no denying that she came from a poor background. Specifically, Meester was born in prison and was eventually handed over to her grandmother while she waited for her mother on the outside. Eventually, Meester moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling before relocating to L.A. and working hard to become an actress.
These days, Stephen King is regarded as one of the most prolific writers of the last hundred years. It’s amazing how many of his books have been adapted into Hollywood blockbusters. However, there was a time when King wasn’t so fortunate. His parents separated when he was just a kid and his mother only had a little bit of money to take care of him and his grandmother. King paid bills at an early age with the small profits he’d earn from writing short stories.
While it didn’t take too long for Celine Dion to become a global superstar, she will never forget the poor background she came from. Dion was the youngest of 14 kids and her father’s piano bar brought home just $160 a week for the entire family. She did what she could to help her dad, but it wasn’t until Dion had a chance encounter with Rene Angelil that her life completely changed. Rene knew Dion was special and mortgaged his own home to pay for her first two records.
It is amazing to think that one of the world’s most successful designers grew up in the Bronx and was the youngest child to a family of poor immigrants. According to his high school yearbook, Ralph Lauren’s goal was to become a millionaire – of course, he achieved it. He enlisted in the army and worked at Brooks Brothers, starting his fashion empire with wide neckties, which was an uncommon fashion trend at the time. Today, the designer’s net worth is a whopping $7 billion.
Growing up as a homeless child in Alaska, Jewel revealed she would often resort to stealing to get by. The singer said that being in the situation she was in, people treated her like she was “contagious.” She was living in her car when her luck turned around and at age 19, the singer was discovered in a local coffee shop. She signed a record deal and finally said goodbye to her hard days. She has receieved four Grammy nominations and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Selena Gomez was born when her mother was 16 years old. Her mother had financial troubles during Gomez’s childhood, as she struggled to provide for them. The two young women went through hard times, her mother working endless hours to support them. After auditioning for various roles, she was selected to appear on Barney & Friends. In 2007, she made her breakthrough with Disney and has since continued to gain mainstream success in both acting and singing.
Rose McGowan spent her early childhood on communes ran by the Children of God. After years of traveling through Europe with her parents, her family settled in Eugene, Oregon. The actress lived as a runaway in Portland, Oregon, and at age 15, she emancipated herself from her parents, making her way to Los Angeles. The actress made her big debut in 1992 and has since been in several television shows and movies. She is now reportedly worth approximately $18 million.
You may remember him best as the Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens, but Shia LaBeouf’s childhood wasn’t as happy as his characters were, growing up poor in Echo Park. There was a point in his childhood when things were so bad his uncle was going to adopt him. Shia got into acting as a way of dealing with his parents’ divorce. Recently, the actor said that he feels grateful for the memories he had as a child although he considers some of those memories as scars.
When Joaquin Phoenix was a child, he performed at different talent contests along with his siblings to provide financial support for their family. They were discovered by one of Hollywood’s leading agents, mainly doing commercials and television show appearances. The actor’s talents have led him to star in many major motion pictures, including the award-winning Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. In 2019, the actor starred as the iconic Joker, for which he recieved his first Academy Award.
The hip-hop and fashion mogul has a net worth of $820 million and is well on his way to becoming a billionaire. According to Forbes, no celebrity from any genre earned more than Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2017. The multi-talent started his days as a paper boy to earn money in his Harlem neighborhood. At one point in his childhood, the self-made entrepreneur’s mother couldn’t afford to buy him sneakers.
Looking at the beautiful Camila Alves, it’s hard to imagine that her life was anything less than perfect. She is a model, mother, and the wife of Matthew McConaughey, but things weren’t always as bliss as they may seem. The Brazilian beauty immigrated to the United States when she was 15 – arriving in a new country also meant working hard to make ends meet. She once stated that she worked in restaurants and cleaned houses to help her family and save up money in hopes of pursuing a career.
Today he is known as one of most infamous action stars in Hollywood history, but before he hit it big, Sylvester Stallone was so broke he once sold his dog for cash. Born in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, he was struggling to make ends meet, and expecting a child, and he had to do what was best for his family. Today he has a net worth of around $400 million and has been in films that together have earned more than $4.4 billion worldwide.
It’s no secret that Snoop Dogg’s childhood wasn’t a perfect one. As a child, he would sell candy, bag groceries, and deliver newspapers to help his family get by. He has rapped about poverty and violence – his experiences are heard in almost every one of his songs. Despite his mother’s efforts to keep him singing, he preferred running the streets. The rapper managed to get back on track, making a name for himself, thanks to his successful career, he has a net worth of $135 million.
Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher publicly vowed that she would not raise her children to be entitled. It comes as no surprise, considering she grew up poor. Kunis’ family fled from Ukraine to America as the Soviet Union collapsed. In 2016 she disclosed that she would eat “ketchup soup” when her family was short on food. She admits that she “acted her way out of poverty,” starting her career at age 14 on That ’70s Show.
Eminem or Marshall Mathers is one of the most controversial and successful rappers in the history of the genre. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was raised along 8 Mile Road, Detroit’s known poverty dividing line. Eminem worked several jobs to help his mother pay the bills, although she would throw him out of the house anyway. Through his struggles, he found time to write songs – the same songs that would eventually lead him to a net worth of $190 million.
Miranda Lambert is one of the richest women in country music, earning a net worth of $45 million throughout her career. Her parents’ business was destroyed by the 1980s Texas oil bust, which led to hard times for her family. Lambert was homeless for a brief period during her childhood until her family moved in with her uncle. She learned that she needed to rely on herself, “I learned how to do chores because you have to carry your weight,” Lambert said in an interview.
This Is Us star, Chrissy Metz revealed that when she went to audition for the show, she only had 81 cents in her bank account. The budding actress was so tight on cash, and she wasn’t sure she had enough gas to get to the audition itself. Metz stated that her first job was at a McDonald’s so she could pay for sneakers. She has stated that the job taught her the benefits of hard work and the advantages one could gain from being nice to other people.
The How to Get Away With Murder actress, Viola Davis, grew up with little means in Rhode Island. The second youngest of six children, her father was a horse trainer, and her mother was a homemaker, maid, and factory worker. Davis revealed she grew up in “abject poverty” and had no choice but to steal and to crawl through garbage bins to find food. Although she has gained huge success, she hasn’t forgotten her roots, and in 2001, she donated funds to her hometown public library to assist in preventing its closure due to lack of city funding.
There was a time when Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t exactly “The Wolf of Wall Street.” When he was young, Leo grew up with his family in one of the poor parts of East Hollywood. His father sold comic books while his mother worked as a secretary. “Money was always on my mind when I was growing up,” DiCaprio said. “So I was always wondering how we were going to afford this and that. Acting seemed to be a shortcut out of the mess.”
It is well-documented that Jennifer Lopez came from humble beginnings before becoming one of the biggest pop musicians on the planet. They don’t call her “Jenny from the Block” for nothing. J-Lo grew up in the Bronx and at one point in her youth, she was homeless. Moreover, Lopez ended up dropping out of college and did a lot of couch surfing in dance studios. While her parents wanted her to pursue an education, J-Lo adamantly pursued her dreams and it sure did pay off.
Sarah Jessica Parker
There is no denying that Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the most recognizable faces on TV from the last two decades. However, the Sex and the City star admits that she clearly remembered being poor when she was young. “We didn’t have electricity sometimes,” she told the New York Times. “We didn’t have Christmases sometimes, or we didn’t have birthdays sometimes, or the bill collectors came, or the phone company would call and say, ‘We’re shutting your phones off.'”
Before she became one of the most iconic voices in all of pop music, Mariah Carey was all alone. She lived on a mattress on the floor and struggled to make ends meet as a waitress. Ever since signing her first record deal, Carey has built up an incredible $300 million fortune.
The youngest of six, John Travolta knew what it was like from an early age to not have things easy. Although his father had a job as a tire salesman, the family struggled to get by in Englewood, New Jersey. Young John and his siblings were always inspired by their mother’s love for singing and this spurred him on to master his own talents. These days, he is worth about $200 million and after films such as Grease and Pulp Fiction, it’s not hard to see why.
When you star in the highest-grossing film in the world (Titanic), you’re probably sorted for life. While Kate Winslet has maintained a steady acting career since then, life wasn’t always so easy for the British actress. Although she claims that she came from a supportive family, Winslet’s upbringing was financially difficult. This is in no small part due to her dad, a struggling actor, injuring his foot in a boating accident, which meant that he couldn’t work for a long time.
It’s amazing to think that one of the most successful movie stars of all time came from such humble beginnings. Tom Cruise has been very vocal about the turbulent relationship he had with his father growing up. Things got so bad that Cruise ended up moving with his mother and siblings to Canada to stay with his grandparents. Eventually, Cruise pursued a career in acting. After over three decades of multi-million dollar blockbusters, the actor is still working hard.
Dolly Parton has certainly come a long way since her humble beginnings on the hills of Tennessee. The iconic country singer grew up in a one-room cabin with her 11 siblings and her parents worked extremely hard just to get by. Despite having half a billion dollars to her name, Dolly is still extremely frugal with her money. “I think, ‘I can’t spend so much money on one thing; my poor old daddy could have raised his family five years on that!'” she said.
Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg’s life wasn’t so good when he was young. Not only did he have issues with illicit substances as a teen, but he also used to get into a lot of fights on the streets of Boston. As soon as he ended up in prison, Marky Mark, as he was known in the rap world, wanted to make a better life for himself. Since then, Wahlberg has gone on to star in big hits such as Ted and The Departed.
At one point during the 90s, Shania Twain was one of the biggest names in pop music. Before that glorious time in her career though, Eileen Regina Edwards had a tough childhood in Ontario, Canada. Her parents died in a car accident and her family couldn’t afford to pay for heating. At times, even food was hard to come by. Twain worked hard at bars just to provide a few extra bucks for her siblings. However, her beautiful voice didn’t go unnoticed and brought her great success.
It’s strange to think that there was a time when Justin Bieber was just a nobody from a poor background. Around the time that he was on the verge of releasing his first single, “One Time,” the “Biebs” was still in Canada, living with his single mother. Apparently, other kids at school would bully him for his poor living conditions. Bieber was so poor that he didn’t have his own bedroom. He would have to sleep on a pull-out couch.