The avocado has become very popular because of its good fat. They are high in potassium and the fruit is creamy making it perfect for dips, sauces and smoothies. Some theories also suggest they are a good food to include in your diet to help combat belly fat. Avocados come in many varieties, the most popular being Hass which you are likely buying at your local grocery store. Avocado trees grow best in warm, tropical climates which is why they are so widely consumed in cuisine from Mexico and countries in Central and South America. Below is a great chart on the nutritional value of this fruit by Avocado Central.
One of the most simple ways to include avocado in your diet is by making a great guacamole. This dip can be served with vegetables, chips or used as a spread on sandwiches or burgers, omelets and even incorporated into dressings. Once you have a great guacamole base, the options are endless!
Start off with 2 ripe avocados. You can see how ripe they are by checking the darkness of their skin, feeling for slight softness and also by looking at the base where the nubbin (not the technical term) is. I like a light green as I prefer my avocados a bit firmer than what a really ripe avocado might be. Once you have chosen your avocados, you need only a few ingredients: juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp salt, a pinch of pepper and 1 Tbsp olive oil. This makes up a very basic guacamole.
At this point you can start adding flavours. Toast 1/4 tsp of ground cumin in a pan over medium heat for about a minute. When you toast spices, you release the oils in the spice and enhance the flavours. Add the cumin to the avocado mix and then go to town mashing it all together with a fork until it reaches the desired consistency. It is a great stress reliever 😉
The final step will give it a punch of flavour and smooth, creaminess. Add 1 Tbsp of Mexican crema. If you can’t find this, Greek yogurt or sour cream will work perfectly fine. Also, add 1/2 of a minced garlic clove. Stir all the ingredients until a light, creamy guacamole is created.
Serve it up with your next meal or enjoy as a snack.
2 ripe avocados
1/2 juice of lime
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp creme (Greek yogurt or sour cream will also work)
1/4 tsp toasted, ground cumin
pinch of black pepper
1/2 glove minced garlic
1. Cut avocado and remove fruit.
2. Toast ground cumin for 1 minute over medium heat.
3. Add cumin to avocado.
4. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime juice to avocado.
5. Mash with a fork until smooth.
6. Stir in garlic and crema.
Protein 3.2 g