I was a late bloomer on liking avocados. It really only happened in the last few years. They are so delicious, you can do so much with them, they are available all year and they are good for you!
Avocados are nutrient dense fruits (yes, Avocados are a fruit). They are a rich source of vitamin E and loaded with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Avocados are also attributed to helping maintain a healthy cholesterol level, help in good eye health, may lower the risk of breast cancer and more. I am not a doctor, but Avocados are frequently featured in blogs and magazines for their disease repelling super powers. Avocados also have “good fat” which helps your body process protein and helps your body stay healthy.
A one-ounce serving of fresh avocados has 0mg of cholesterol and 0mg of sodium and is only 50 calories. A serving of avocado has the same calories as a serving of other fruits like cantaloupe and pineapple.
Besides all the health benefits, avocados added to meals creates a delicious complexity. The creamy taste of avocado makes it a great substitute for cheese on a sandwich!
Below is one of my favorite recipes to make and have around the house, an avocado Pico de Gallo. This Pico is great to have over a steak, in a wrap with some diced chicken, with some low-fat cheese for a quesadilla and so much more. I use all fresh ingredients and store in an air-tight container and it lasts for 4-5 days. I hope you like it as much as we do at my house.
This pico is great to have over a steak, in a wrap with some diced chicken, with some low-fat cheese for a quesadilla and so much more. Use all fresh ingredients and store in an air-tight container and it lasts for 4-5 days.
Servings: 4 (107 g )
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
- 1 cup plum tomato, diced and seeded
- ¼ cup onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp. jalapeno, diced and seeded
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Combine in a bowl and gently stir the ingredients together.