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The Avocado has long been regarded as an incredible source of health and vitality. Its widespread use in the cuisine of tropical cultures is attributed to essential nutrients that it provides. The avocado has served as a substitute for meats and other high fat content foods throughout history—particularly in regions and cultures where fatty fish and red meat are scarce due to climate, or geography.
Today, the avocado remains a great source of Monounsaturated oleic acid which can help lower your cholesterol and raise levels of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL aka ‘good cholesterol’). The average avocado contains around 9.8 grams of unsaturated fat, approximately 14% of the recommend 67 grams in 2000 calorie diet. The avocado also contains about 28% of your recommended B5 (pantothenic acid) intake, a nutrient necessary to maintain the health of the nervous system and creation of cholesterol. It also has other uses in healing wounds, and fighting acne, which is why avocado is a prevalent ingredient in many beauty and cosmetic products.
As healthy eating has taken root in the form of vegetarian cuisine, many chefs have rediscovered, and recreated the use of the avocado as a healthy alternative to meat and fish. Also popular are drinks and ice creams from South Asia that make use of the avocados great flavor, texture and nutritional properties. Here are a five tasty, simple ways to enjoy the avocado.
What’s not to love? This classic Mexican dish gets its name from its roots in Aztec cuisine. It can be served in a variety of ways but usually as a side to grilled meats, or as a dip. It involves a few simple ingredients; tomatoes garlic, onions, salt and pepper, lemon juice and, of course, avocados. It’s ideal on a really hot summer day, or in the dead of winter when you need a pick me up. Guacamole is the perfect match for an ice cold Negra Modela, or spicy Mexican inspired cuisine.
Though quiche is a classic northern french dish, the Mexican quiche combines old world sophistication and complexity, with the simple and accessible flavors of Latin America. Simply lay the avocados on the bottom of the pie pan, and pour the egg and cheese mix over the top. Bake for about 45 minutes and add a spoonful of chopped scallions, avocado, and tomatoes drizzled with a bit of lime juice on top. If you really want to splurge, add a bit of sour cream on top prior to serving.
Begin with your choice of leafy greens, add tomatoes, sliced red onions, cranberries, walnuts, and slices of avocado. Sparingly add salt, pepper, and the dressing of your choice (olive oil and vinegar is a simple, but flavorful combination.) I personally like to use a time tested blend of Grey Poupon, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a minced garlic clove.
This is the breakfast of champions, and it’s really simple! Saute scallions, mushrooms, chives, and tomatoes. Then add two well-beaten eggs and small chunks of avocado into the pan. Sprinkle your choice of cheese on top (grated Monterey Jack never fails) and enjoy.
Avocado on the side of everything and anything
If you haven’t noticed, I love avocados. They have been a staple in my house ever since I was a kid. As long as there is a ripe avocado to be peeled, it will end up on the side of my plate for lunch or dinner. It pairs well with everything, from chicken, red snapper, to any combination of rice, meat, and beans. I even order my hamburger from my favorite burger joint with an avocado on top. It might be overkill, but it is my way of paying homage to one of the most under-appreciated vegetables out there.
Thierry Godard is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on becoming a phlebotomist for the Guide to Health Education.
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