No one can debate how awesome the avocado is.
Avocados are rich in almost twenty vitamins and minerals per serving, including: vitamin e, vitamin c, potassium, folate, and lutein. Also high in fiber, these super fruits are super good for you, despite its higher concentration of fats. The fats in avocados are called monounsaturated fats, which are the “good” kinds of fats that help to lower cholesterol.
People who are counting calories may be reluctant to eat avocados since they are not low in calories, but because of their high fat and fiber content, eating an avocado at least one meal per day can help satiate you and thus prevent unnecessary snacking on otherwise empty calories.
Avocados have seen a resurgence in popularity lately; particularly among the Vegan and Paleo crowds because of its super-food status and diversity in using them in recipes. Avocados can be used in healthy dessert recipes as well as in savory recipes. Unquestionably one of the most revered avocado recipes is guacamole! Many people believe you cant have good guacamole except for at a Mexican restaurant, but this is just not the case! You can make delicious, homemade, Paleo and Vegan friendly guacamole in your own kitchen in a matter of minutes. This recipe is best left to sit for a few hours to really let the flavors come together, but if you can’t wait that long you can always make it fresh and dig in right away!
- 2 medium, ripe Hass avocados (organic is great of course but conventional avocados are on the Clean Fifteen so those are ok)
- 1 large lime, OR 2 Tablespoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 - 2 teaspoons minced garlic, or garlic powder to taste
- a handful of cherry tomatoes or 1 large vine riped tomatoes, diced
- Fresh or dried cilantro, to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon of dried)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt to taste
- Slice your avocados by making an incision with the knife and slicing all the way around the avocado. Twist the avocado open and remove the pit.
- Place your avocado "flesh" in a bowl; mash until the avocado is your desired consistency
- Add your sea salt, minced garlic, and squeeze either fresh lime juice or the apple cider vinegar into the avocado. Stir until mixed through
- Next add your diced up tomatoes (vine ripened lends a better flavor than cherry, but cherry tomatoes will work if that is all you have) and fresh or dried cilantro
- Mix the guacamole and taste - if you feel you need to add more of a particular ingredient then do so until it tastes right to you.
- Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for 1 - 3 hours to let the flavors coalesce, or serve immediately. Can be used as a dip for Sweet Potato Chips, as a topping on salads, in your Paleo tacos, or even eaten alone!