Avocados-What’s not to love!
Did you know Avocados are actually a fruit? Avocados are comprised of 75% monounsaturated fat-as far as fat’s go, this is one of the better ones. Although a good fat, enjoy sparingly because high fat content equals more calories. Avocados have 35% more potassium than bananas and are rich in vitamins B, E and K.
Avocados are loaded with nutrients that fight against heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, promote eye health and have both anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, What are these nutrients you might ask: try folic acid which helps regulate homocysteine levels, beta-sitosterol which has been shown effective in lowering blood cholesterol and carotenoid lutein which helps prevent against macular degeneration to name a few.
Here is my favorite Guacamole recipe:
½ jalapeño seeded and minced
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice from one lime
1-2 tsp. minced garlic
¼ tsp. salt
Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and scrape into a large bowl. Add the jalapeño, garlic, lime juice and salt. Mash the avocados and mix all the ingredients with a fork. When the ingredients are almost combined, add the cilantro. Stir once or twice and serve.
If you like a chunkier version of Guacamole, try using a pastry cutter or fork. This will allow you to chop and mix at the same time.
Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or fresh veggies or lop on top of a veggie burrito bowl. The guacamole will keep for 2-3 days. It may get a little brown on top, this is okay. The browning is caused by natural enzymes inherent in the fruit when exposed to air. Just mix it up a little and serve.