Few healthy foods are as rich, creamy and buttery as the avocado. The avocado is technically a fruit but usually classified as a vegetable in the culinary world. We’re always reading and hearing about how great they are. “What’s the big deal?” you ask? Well, as your friendly neighborhood nutritionist friend, I’m here to tell you.
Avocados have tons of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. They help promote blood sugar regulation and metabolize glucose. They also help keep your skin and hair young and gorgeous by encouraging collagen production. It’s also packed with good fats, the kind your body needs for deep health. Holy guacamole! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
If you’re with me in the avocado cheering section, try one of my favorite recipes at your next gathering or if you just want to treat yourself to something amazing.
This is a modified version of a guacamole recipe I found on a great food blog called Smitten Kitchen.
- 3/4 to 1 pound seedless cucumber, washed and chopped into chunks
- 2 thin (or 1 regular) scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 large avocado, pitted and diced
- Juice of half a lime, plus more to taste
- Sea salt and hot sauce (we used Sriracha) to taste
- Chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley to garnish
Combine cucumber, scallions and avocado in a bowl. Whisk together lime and seasonings, adjusting levels to taste. Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side! Enjoy.