I think you will agree that avocado deserves more of our attention. It became really popular fruit lately, and there are good reasons for that. Not only it provides creamy, smooth and rich textures in vegan recipes but it is also a nutrient booster. Let’s have a look why.
Avocado is fruit rich with fat, which is why it has such creamy texture. It is especially rich in monounsaturated fats and therefore helps in lowering bad cholesterol. One of many great things about the fat in avocado is that it helps absorb fat-soluble nutrients (like vitamin A, K, D and E) from other foods when combined and eaten together. So not only does it give us nutrients but it also increases the nutrient value we get from other foods!
It contains carotenoid antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, and benefits our eye health, eases arthritis-related pain and inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
As a great source of dietary fiber, healthy fats, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, copper, manganese, potassium, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), avocado keeps blood pressure under control, improves digestion, lowers risk of heart diseases, helps in regulating body weight and keeps the skin nourished.
So, are you for some avocado treat? Let’s boost our body with some vitamins and enjoy the taste of homemade guacamole. What do you say?
Below is a great recipe for the famous guacamole dip. I personally love this one and can never get enough of it!
P.S.: Just one tip while peeling avocado. Be sure not to cut off too much of the dark green area that is closest to the peel, because it is higher in some nutrients than the pulp.
3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Combine avocados and lime juice, coating the avocados (this helps the avocados keep their green color).
Add salt, cayenne and cumin and mash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix just enough to mix the seasonings in, while still keeping small chunks intact.
Fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, and garlic.
Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes (to let the flavors combine) and enjoy.