Avocados…aren’t they lovely? These amazing fruits (yes, they are technically classified as fruit) often have a bad reputation due to their fat content, but in all honesty, the fat contained therein is rather beneficial. Containing essential oils, fatty acids and vitamin E, avocados provide anti-inflammatory properties. These fruits also contain potassium for regulating blood pressure, folate for preventing heart disease and strokes, lutein for maintaining healthy vision, oleic acid for helping reduce cholesterol, and glutathione, an antioxidant that is said to prevent aging. What’s more, avocados even help defend your body against various types of cancer. So grab some tortilla chips and enjoy your guacamole without guilt!
1 ripe avocado (should give a little when lightly squeezed)
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 rounded teaspoon salt
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons diced tomato
minced jalapeño to taste (optional)
Peel avocado, discarding pit and shell. Place avocado in a small bowl and add lime juice and salt, mashing into a paste. Add garlic, cilantro, tomato, and jalapeño, if using, and carefully stir until combined.
TIP: To peel an avocado, score in half length-wise (you will be cutting around the pit) and twist both sides to separate. Holding one of the halves in your palm, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the avocado. Repeat with the other half and discard the pit and shells.