Avocado: The Green Fruit that Keeps on Giving
Avocado is equivalent to a summertime dream. Why? It makes your hair shine, your skin glow, and your body burn fat while simultaneously fighting disease. In first thought, it is often known as the culprit in Mi Cocina’s addicting guacamole or otherwise referred to as the substance that sticks to your thighs. Take note: yes, avocado is high in calories, but when consumed in moderation, it is a powerful fat-burning agent.
Is it just me, or does this fruit have an element of refreshment? Maybe it’s just the lime green color, or the fact that it aids in forming a heightened internal metabolism to keep your body in bikini shape. For all it’s worth (AKA a source of GOOD fat), this superfood deserves some attention. Here are fun new recipes to sneak into your diet that ignite the health benefits of this yummy treat. It’s time to take use of this dynamic source of omega-3. Are you on board?
To jump start the morning:
Avocado Breakfast Pudding (Serves 2)
1 ripe avocado
1/2 c. 1% milk
1 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. slivered almonds
Blend first three ingredients until smooth. Garnish with granola or almonds.
Source & nutritional ingredients: Vital Juice
For a mid-day meal:
Here we have (with absolutely no measurements, as usual):
Roasted Brussels Sprout and Avocado Salad
Mixed garden greens
Roasted brussels sprouts: cut in half. toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. roast until toasty brown.
For extra pizzaz and protein, throw in an egg fried in a bit of olive oil.
Honey mustard dressing:
One part white wine vinegar to two parts olive oil
A dollop of dijon mustard
A large drizzle of honey
Salt and pepper
Add dressing ingredients to a small jar and give it a good shake. Toss with salad and enjoy!
Try this dip with grilled skewers. Choose your favorite meat and veggies!
Avocado Cilantro Dip (Makes about 1 cup of dip)
1/2 cup thick greek yogurt
Juice from 1 lemon
1 avocado (average Haas size is good – about 6-8 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed
1 tablespoon capers
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of garlic salt
Pinch of smoked paprika
Optional: If you love garlic you can add a clove, extra cilantro leaves
To top off the day with a sweet treat:
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
2 ripe avocados
½ cup of unsweeted cocoa powder
½ cup maple syrup or agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Cut open 2 large avocados and spoon them out into a bowl. Beat well until the avocado is a creamy mouse-like consistency. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat until all ingredients are mixed evenly. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve later.