Foodie Friday: Avocados 101

Avocados have become the new nutritional powerhouse. But did you know this good-fat source is actually a fruit? That’s right. Avocados grow on trees, and are native to Mexico and Central America. They’ve been eaten for at least 10,000 years according to archaeological evidence.

Today they’re considered a superfood, providing healthy fats, fiber, carotenoids like lutein (which protects against eye disease), oleic acid (a fat that helps you feel full), folate (which is especially important during pregnancy), and vitamins such as K, C, B5, B6 and E.

Plus the fats in avocados can help your body absorb more nutrients from the other vegetables you eat alongside it.

Skip the chips and enjoy avocado in this yummy guacamole salad recipe.

Guacamole Salad

(serves 2)

1 ripe avocado, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks
¼ red onion, diced finely
½ jalapeño, diced finely
Lime juice, to taste
Salt, to taste
Ground cumin, to taste (optional)
Cilantro, to taste (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and let sit a few minutes for flavors to blend. Taste and adjust lime juice, salt or cumin as needed. Serve on a bed of lettuce, or with veggie sticks for dipping.

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