Monday, September 8, 2014

Avocados: Health Benefits and Dip Recipe!

I am a huge fan of avocados. I not only love the taste, but they are also so good for you! I use them in smoothies, scrambled eggs, salads, or dips (the recipe below is great for parties). My 5-year-old niece also loves eating raw slices. I was definitely surprised when she asked me for some while I was cutting it!

Fun Fact: Did you know an avocado is also known as an alligator pear? This is because of the shape, green skin, and rough texture!
One of my favorites!

If anyone has ever seen a "SlimCado" at the supermarket, it is promoted as having less calories and fat. I tried one before and they are honestly gross. They were watery and just didn't have that rich "Avocado-flavor." Not to mention, the fats in avocados are heart-healthy and help to decrease inflammation in the body! (Hence my picture to the right).

1 cup provides 15g Monounsaturated fats, 3g Polyunsaturated fats, 10g fiber, 39% of DV for Vitamin K, 30% of DV for Folate, 25% of DV for Vitamin C, 21% of DV for Potassium, 16% of DV for Vitamin E, and 165mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids!

Avocado Pesto Dip
2 avocados
**To prevent your sliced avocado from browning, sprinkle with lemon juice.
2 tsp. basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4c Parmesan cheese (I added a little more for a cheesier taste)
2T olive oil
2T parsley
Dash salt

1. Food process (or use hand blender) to mix all ingredients. (Seasonings can be altered to taste).
2. Enjoy with fresh veggies (or crackers/pretzels).