Avocados are actually a fruit and, while some people may think they are fatty and should be avoided, they are actually an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol. The avocado is also low in sugar and is a terrific source of both potassium and fiber.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
5 large Hass Avocados (black in color, slightly soft to the touch)
Lime juice – from 2 large limes
1 medium white onion, diced
¾ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
1 large tomato, diced
1 fresh jalapeno, chopped (optional)
Slice the avocados in half. Discard the seed. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado out of the shell and place into a bowl. Add juice of one fresh lime immediately to prevent browning. Use a fork and mash to desired consistency. Add chopped onions, tomato, and cilantro. Stir gently to mix ingredients. Add the juice of the second lime. Stir just until incorporated. Add jalapeno to taste. Serve with raw vegetables and whole grain crackers, or spread on sandwiches, burgers, and even toast.
Nutritional Analysis: Calories 120, Protein 2g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 8g, Fiber 5g, Sodium 5mg, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%
Source: adapted from www.food.com
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