Everyone who knows me knows I’m crazy for avocados. I usually eat one avocado per day. It wasn’t always that way. I used to avoid them because I thought they were fattening. Since adding one avocado per day to my diet I haven’t gained any weight. In fact, I’ve lost weight and increased my good cholesterol.
Recent research suggests that adding healthy monounsaturated fats such as those found in avocados have numerous health benefits.
One of my favorite avocado recipes is this easy avocado dip. It uses all raw ingredients and no dairy and is therefore suitable for almost everyone, including those on a raw food diet and vegans. It’s always great to have something on hand at parties that everyone can enjoy.
2 very ripe Hass avocados
2 cloves garlic, crushed or diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped fine
1 tsp. lemon juice
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
Dash sea salt, to taste
Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Mash the avocados with a fork. If they are not very ripe, you will probably need to blend them in a food processor. You can also blend the garlic and tomatoes along with them, but I prefer a chunkier dip. When mashing the avocados by hand, I leave large chunks of avocado in the mix.
When you have the avocado, tomatoes, and garlic mixed, add in the lemon juice. In addition to adding to the flavor, it keeps the avocado from turning brown. Mix in the onions and spices to taste. You may want to play around with the amount of tomatoes used. Some people prefer a higher avocado-to-tomato ratio and vice versa.
Since avocado doesn’t store well, it’s best to make only as much as you’re going to eat but if you do need to save it, squeeze some more lemon over the surface and wrap as tightly as you can with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge.