The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, because of the shape, green skin, and rough texture of the Hass variety. (The Florida avocado has a shiny, smooth surface.) There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California.
Other benefits of avocados include:
1. Teeth and Bones: Avocados can contribute nutrients that help your teeth and bones stay strong and healthy.
2. Cardiovascular: The Amazing Avocado contains nutrients that help your circulatory system and heart function normally.
3. Immunity: Avocados provide nutrients that build your immune system which plays a vital role in warding off illness and fighting infection.
4. Muscle Development: Nutrients in avocados help your muscles grow and develop, and assist in the formation of connective tissue.
5. Digestion and Metabolism: Nutrients in avocados help your body digest and metabolize food, turning it into the energy you need to move, work and play.
6. Skin Health: The nutrients in avocados not only help you stay healthy on the inside, but the outside as well.
Sources: www.webmd.com and www.theamazingavocado.com
Luke’s Quick Guac
Recipe by Luke
We started making this quick version of guacamole because we didn’t have the other add in ingredients below at the time we were making it.
Juice of ½ lime
½ tsp dried cumin
*Other optional add-ins: cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeno, onion
Directions: Peel avocado and remove pit. Add to bowl with lime juice and cumin. Mash avocado and mix together well. Enjoy with organic corn chips.
Recipe from: www.AmbitiousKitchen.com
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1-15 oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
½ medium to large ripe avocado
1 tbsp vanilla
½ cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling
½ tsp coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 inch baking pan.
2. Place flaxseeds and almond milk into food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter and almond milk thickens up a bit, about 1 minute. Next add in black bean, avocado, vanilla, and brown sugar and process again until smooth. Add in cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder and process again until smooth. Batter will be thick. If batter is way too thick and won't process, you can add in another tablespoon or two of milk. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies.
3. Add batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly to sides.
4. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave 1/4 cup chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30-45 seconds to melt chocolate. Stir until smooth, then pour over top of batter. Use a knife to swirl chocolate into batter a few times. Sprinkle top of batter with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips.
5. Bake for 22-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean. We don't want these to dry out, but we also don't want them completely raw either! The top of the batter should be completely set and no longer jiggle. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 bars.
You may be able to sub the brown sugar for honey, agave or maple syrup. I would reduce to 1/3 cup though.
The brownies are best when made in a food processor so that beans can blend together better.
The brownies are best when served at room temperature or cold. They should be stored in the fridge.
You can also freeze these and thaw out for an easy treat.
2 small heads romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces (about 12 cups) or use lettuce of choice, I used red leaf lettuce
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
1-1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
1 avocado, chopped
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro sprigs
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
½ tsp ground cumin
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Organic Tortilla Chips (optional)
1. Combine lettuce and next 5 ingredients (through cilantro) in a large bowl
2. Whisk together oil and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad; toss. Serve with chips if desired
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