Guacamole is Extra

17 Sep

Blog Post #156

Whenever I go out for a bit and order something like California Eggs Benny or a chicken enchilada, I always ask for guacamole — even though the waitress always cautions me that “the guacamole is extra.”

I KNOW the guac is extra!

But who wants to eat an enchilada or a California anything without guacamole?

If it were up to me — I’d have avocado with everything!

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Avocados are considered to be a “super” food. That means that eating avocados is really, really good for you.

The Alligator Pear — as avocados are sometimes called — are packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential nutrients for good health. Nutrients such as lutein, beta carotene, folate, vitamin E, oleic acid, as well as monosaturated fat, and both soluble and insoluble fibre.

These nutrients help to maintain a healthy body — and eating avocados can help lower your risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and stabilize blood sugar, among other things.

You can also add avocados to your beauty regime to nourish and rejuvenate your skin. You can use avocados in facial masks and cleansers, as a hair conditioner and scalp treatment, or even as a soothing shaving cream.

Everyone who likes avocados has a favourite recipe. One dish I love is Caprese Avocado Breakfast Toast. (After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?!) This recipe incorporates some of my favourite ingredients: avocados (obviously!), eggs, tomatoes, basil, and a bit of cheese. Yum! A satisfying and delicious way to start the day!

I love snacking especially dips and salsas (with pita bread or tortilla chips). So when I found this recipe for avocado hummus — I was in heaven! It’s extra creamy with the addition of the avocado and perfect with raw veggies. It may just replace guacamole as my favourite! You can also add an avocado to your morning smoothie or substitute one for the oil in baking.

As I mentioned above, a ripe avocado can be an added boost to your beauty and skin care routine. One way, I like to use avocados, is in a face mask — they are super hydrating and can even help reduce wrinkles (fingers crossed!) Check out these 4 homemade avocado face mask recipes  — the one I like best is made with an avocado, a banana and a raw egg — it’s great for tightening skin as well as moisturizing it.

Do you like avocados? Let me know your favourite way of using them — I’m always looking for new ideas!

 

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