All About Avocados

Avocados

Avocados

Lately I have been obsessed with avocados! Not only are avocados a delicious food but they are also very beneficial to our bodies. This scrumptious fruit – yes I said fruit – is packed with tons of nutrients our bodies need. They contain vitamins K, B6, C and E as well as tons of fiber, copper, protein, and potassium. Avocados also have many health benefits such as lowering bad cholesterol, promoting a healthy liver and supporting good digestive health. Besides all the amazing benefits to eating avocados they are just plain delicious.

 

My favorite way to benefit from eating avocados is by making homemade guacamole. I am a Mexican food fanatic so I love to have fresh guacamole on lean turkey tacos with fresh lime juice, fresh salsa and of course fresh cilantro. If you are one of the many people that finds cilantro unappealing and tasting like soap – no worries your guacamole will taste just as great without the addition of cilantro. Another great way to enjoy avocados is to slice them and toss them in with scrambled eggs, spinach, fresh salsa and a little cheese to make the perfect breakfast. In recipes you can even replace butter and mayonnaise with avocados in things like cookies and chicken salad.

 

Avocados can also be used on the skin! Who knew that fresh food could make the best facial mask, especially without all the harsh chemicals? The fats in avocados are great for moisturizing dry skin during the frigid winter and help with those dreaded summer sunburns.

 

 

Below is my favorite guacamole recipe and a couple recipes I’d like to try! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Lauren’s Guacamole:

 

  • 2 Avocados diced up (keep the pits)*
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 clove fresh garlic – minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 shakes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro – optional
  • ¼ cup fresh salsa (Giant brand is my favorite)

 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with tortilla chipos or fresh sliced peppers, celery, carrots, etc. If you have any leftovers – add the avocado pit to the bowl, cover and store in the refrigerator. The pits will keep your guacamole fresher longer.

 

Avocado Egg Salad

  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 hard boiled egg whites, chopped
  • 2 small avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Mash it all up in a bowl, refrigerate and eat on toast with crackers or veggies.

 

Avocado Face Mask:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

 

Mash it all up and lather it on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. This mask will leave your face fresh and glowing

 

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