For some people, it's pizza. For others, it's a burger or steak. Or maybe even cake.
But if I had to pick my all-time favorite food, it would be avocados, hands down. I will eat avocados in and on just about anything.
And, with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect food to go green.
Avocados are actually a fruit and are chock-full of incredible nutrition. Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fats, avocados are high in fiber and, ounce for ounce, top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium, making them one of the most nutrient-dense foods.
So, how does this self-proclaimed avocado addict consume this creamy, buttery fruit? In smoothies, soups and even dips like my savory Guacamame Dip from my arthritis cookbook, which is filled with anti-inflammatory recipes. My Guacamame Dip is packed with good-for-you ingredients, avocado and edamame. It's a nutritious, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly guacamole-style dip. For low-carb lovers, I serve it with colorful sliced bell peppers and carrots. No guilt there.
Wild Rice, Mango and Avocado Salad with Mint Vinaigrette is a delectable gluten-free salad to bring us right into spring. It can be served at room temperature or chilled — a fantastic choice either way with a nutrition punch to boot. Boasting the same good health effects as olive oil, avocados are rich in magnesium which is essential for healthy bones, while the mangoes pack a whopping dose of antioxidant-rich vitamins C and A helping reduce arthritic inflammation.
If you are looking for that "wow" dinner to fit this warm weather, then look no farther than Ahi Tuna Tacos with Wasabi Cream and Mango Avocado Salsa.
Don’t be intimidated by ahi tuna — it only sounds complicated. This is quick to make and really easy. Fruity salsa with sweet mango, mild avocado and spicy jalapenos make it the ultimate compliment to tuna tacos. But, really, any fruit salsa would be a sensational contrast to the Wasabi Cream.
Trim and Terrific Tips:
- Healthy unsaturated fats in avocado help your body to absorb and use vitamins, and help maintain cell membranes.
- My Guacamame can also be used as a spread on a sandwich or wrap.
- Soybeans are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which should be ingested through food to get their anti-inflammatory benefits.
- This salad makes an excellent side dish, vegetarian entree or, when topped with grilled chicken, a healthy entrée.
- Find wasabi paste in the Asian section of your supermarket.
Holly Clegg, best-selling national cookbook author of the trim&TERRIFIC & Eating Well cookbook series, specializes in easy, healthy, everyday recipes. Visit her website, The Healthy Cooking Blog. Follow her on facebook.com/HollyClegg, instagram.com/holly_clegg and twitter.com/hollyclegg. Email her at email@example.com.