Summer calls for good fun and great food. Grocery stores are finally booming with all those delicious fruits and veggies we all love… and for a reasonable price. Yesterday, I grabbed 5 organic avocados for $5. I couldn’t resist making my favorite, delicious and insanely easy guacamole recipe.
Insanely Delicious and Easy Guacamole Recipe
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lime
3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1/5 of red onion, chopped (or 1/2 scallion)
1 clove garlic, minced
5-7 cherry tomatoes, diced (optional)
Salt and pepper (optional)
Half avocados, minding the pit. Use a spoon to scoop the creamy avocado from its outer casing.
Using a butter knife, fork or spoon, “mush” the avocado until it has a consistent creamy texture. (Note: small chunks are okay, but the creamier the better.)
Add all chopped ingredients (cilantro, onion, garlic and tomatoes) into a bowl.
Add lime juice and extra virgin olive oil to the bowl
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Since avocados oxidize once they’re exposed to air, try to make your guacamole as close to consumption as possible. If you’re trying to prepare ahead of time, refrigerate in a small container. Here’s the secret to keeping it nice and green, without use of preservatives: before sealing the container shut, add thinly sliced layer of lemons on top. That should prevent brown guacamole at your next event.
Nutritional benefits of Avocados
If you’re feeling guilty about eating fatty avocados, just remember: healthy fats are good for you. If you’re trying to lose weight, focus on eating them in moderation. If you’re still not convinced, MNT offers great benefits of eating avocados, featured below:
Healthy fat – Most of an avocado’s fat is monounsaturated fat, which is considered to be a “good fat”. Monounsaturated fats reduce levels of bad cholesterol and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Protein – an average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein; much more than most other fruits.
Sugar – avocado’s sugar content is low compared to other fruits. Half an avocado contains approximately 0.2 g of sugar.
Vitamins and minerals – avocados are an excellent source of potassium (containing more per weight than bananas). In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Dietary fiber – a medium avocado contains 11 grams of fiber, which is close to half of the daily recommended minimum intake.
Preparing this insanely delicious and easy guacamole recipe takes about 10 minutes of cutting and scooping avocados. After that, the rest is insanely easy. This guacamole is great as an appetizer for any party, a topper to any sandwich or that extra kick to make any salad especially unique. Enjoy!
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