Let’s talk avocado for a moment! The avocado is high in fat and it’s the fat the makes up most of its calories. However, the fat found here is GOOD fat! Not only do we find the good, healthy fat in these babies, but there are also 25 essential nutrients to be found. I won’t bore you with all of those, but I can list some of the health benefits that come from eating this healthy food. For starters, because we are staring at healthy fat here, the avocado is heart healthy. This helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, controls blood pressure, and lowers bad cholesterol levels. It’s anti-inflammatory (thanks to the phytonutrients found), promotes eye health, regulates blood sugar levels, protects against cancer, has anti-aging properties, it aids in healthy skin, and can even cure bad breath. Wow! Sounds like a great food choice to me! However, as with most things, let’s remember to keep portions in check and not go crazy! Too much of a good fat, can turn bad. Avocados are also great for those trying to gain weight as the fat calories can add up fast. So, if you’re NOT trying to gain weight, keep your portions under control and you’ll be all that much better for it!
Now . . . let’s move on to this GREAT recipe!
This is, by far, my favorite way to prepare guacamole. It isn’t complicated, and it tastes FABULOUS! There are a lot of recipes out there on the best ways to make guacamole. Trust me, I continue to get fooled into thinking that the ones that are more complicated or have more ingredients must turn out a better guacamole. Well, I always come back to this one. I can throw this together in a matter of minutes and I only need a few ingredients. In my opinion, simple is better here. All you need is a ripe avocado, a lime, salt, and red onion. I hate to admit it, but I can literally eat this with a spoon right out of my preparation bowl. Oh, it is sooooo good!
But, if I can refrain from eating it all from the bowl then I will most commonly use this as an appetizer or side dish served with baked chips, topped on Mexican dishes, or as a spread on sandwiches. I can’t wait for you to see my post tomorrow because I’ve incorporated this delicious guacamole into one of my most favorite summer time sandwiches. Stay tuned!
1 ripe avocado
lime juice, 1 lime
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
Peel and cut avocado and place in a small bowl. (If you need instructions on how to do this, click here. I use method 2b and 3a when I’m making this guacamole.) Juice one lime and pour over guacamole (I just cut my lime in half and squeeze it right over the avocado). Take a fork and mash the avocado up and combine it well with the lime juice. This should automatically give you the consistency of guacamole. Add the salt and diced red onion and mix to combine.
If time permits, cover tightly with plastic wrap (the plastic wrap should be touching the guacamole so that the air cannot touch it) and place in the refrigerator for one hour or longer. This will allow the flavors to all meld together, giving you a much better tasting guacamole.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Fat: 4.9g (0.7g)