Avocados have got to be one of my favorite foods, primary because they are the key ingredient in guacamole, that creamy, delicious accompaniment on every Tex-Mex plate. Most restaurants will throw a stingy tablespoon of guac on top of a pile of shredded lettuce, but I love to eat it all by itself.
Avocados are a fruit which considered a superfood by the health conscious. The reputation is well-deserved.
Avocados are high in heart healthy fat - oleic acid which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
The carbohydrates in avocados are primarily fiber which can help with weight loss, improve blood sugar spikes, and contribute to a healthy gut.
Avocados are also high in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Other nutrients in avocados are magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin A, and vitamins B1, B2, and B3.
Avocados are higher in potassium than bananas, without the added sugar. Adequate potassium intake is important for lowering blood pressure. Studies have shown that avocados can also help people lower their total cholesterol and improve their good cholesterol numbers.
Avocados are loaded with antioxidants and can help to increase absorption of antioxidants in other foods you eat with them (all the more reason to pair guacamole with salsa!)
Avocados are allowed on most diet plans, so you can eat up without feeling guilty!
Grocery stores sell packaged guacamole loaded with preservatives, or you could purchase a seasoning mix filled with salt and who knows what else.
But why, when it is so easy to make it at home? This simple 3-ingredient recipe with get you started.
- 2 avocados
- 1 lime
- sea salt to taste
What? That's all? Yes, that's all you need to make your own fresh, homemade, healthy and tasty guacamole!
Slice each avocado in half longways. Scoop out the pits (save one of the pits!). Scoop out the creamy flesh into a bowl. Slice the lime in half and squeeze out the juice over the avocado. Using a fork or potato masher, mash up the avocados and lime juice to a creamy consistency. Add sea salt to taste (if you are following a low-sodium diet, just leave out the salt - the guacamole will still be delish). Place one of the pits in the middle which will help to keep the guacamole green longer.
If you want to spice it up, add a couple spoonfuls of salsa or some diced up jalapeno pepper.
Spread it over a corn tortilla as a base for a soft taco, use it to top a salad, scoop up with chips or (healthier) celery, or just eat it out of the bowl. Enjoy!