Crazy about Avocados

I love avocados! I can’t seem to have enough of them. So creamy and yummy! Packed with fiber, vitamins K and C, and folate, avocados are one of the healthiest foods. Fatty yes! But remember not all fact is created equal and fats don’t make you fat!

This fruit, yes fruit and not a vegetable, is classified as a single-seeded berry. Packing more potassium than a banana and dates, an avocado has around 975 mg of potassium almost double of that found in bananas (487 mg) and it takes almost a cup of chopped dates to give you around the same amount. Why is potassium important? A diet low in potassium can be associated with high blood pressure, heat disease, stroke, arthritis and many more diseases; therefore getting the right amount of potassium in your diet is key! Potassium is what makes your heart beat! Try to average 4,700 mg and you should be doing well for yourself.

We got used to not associating fruits with protein, but this super berry packs around 4g of protein! Around 18 different types of Amino Acids, and all are available for your body to use.

Those were some tid-bits on avocados, but now how to incorporate them in your day-to-day life? I can assure you that there are many many ways to add avocados to your food or even face or hair. Focusing on food, I would add avocados to salads, steaks, or even make it a dip and have it on its own.

Tip – If your avocado isn’t ripe yet, you can put it in a brown paper bag with either an apple or a banana. Apples and bananas release ethylene gas that is a plant hormone helping avocados ripen faster!

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Chipotle Guacamole

I don't know why, but one of my favorite guacamole ever is the one they serve in Chipotle Mexican Grill. I was so obsessed that I would walk in almost everyday and get two sides of guacamole to go! So delicious! Here is a recipe, taken from "chipotle".

Yield: 6 - 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 large ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup lemon and lime juice
  • 3 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup red onions, finely chopped
  • 12 large serrano chiles, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Directions:

  1. Using a fork, mash the avocados with the lemon and lime juice in a small bowl.
  2. Add cilantro, chopped onion, serrano chilies (optional), and salt.
  3. Stir to combine and serve with tortilla chips or chopped carrots.

http://www.yumsugar.com/Chipotle-Guacamole-Recipe-22129784

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