The Avocado: The SUPER Food for Gameday and Everyday Living

Bravo to the Avocado — Why It’s Super

The avocado has many nutritional benefits, ranging from cholesterol management and high fiber content to alleviating arthritis and potentially lessening the side effects of chemotherapy . Here are a few key reasons avocado is the way to go:

  • Monounsaturated fat: Yup, that’s the “good” fat. Monounsaturated fats can improve cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart disease, and can benefit brain activity and locomotion .
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E packs an antioxidant punch, protecting body tissue from damage by disabling free radicals (groups of unpaired atoms in the body that can lead to cancer or heart disease) . It’s also vital to red blood cell formation — another plus, since these cells are responsible for circulating oxygen and getting rid of waste.
  • Vitamin B6: Among other awesome functions, Vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) assists with the body’s formation of glycogen (back-up fuel that’s stored in the liver and muscles) and promotes skin health (suddenly those moisturizers make more sense…) .
  • Carotenoids: When eaten together, avocados may increase the body’s absorption of carotenoids from other healthy foods like fruits and vegetables . Carotenoids are high in Vitamin A and have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and eye degeneration .

Beyond Guac — Your Action Plan

The first step of adding avocado to a healthy diet (and perhaps the most daunting one) is knowing which fruit to pick. A good rule of thumb is to buy the fruit when it’s firm, and let it ripen for a few days before eating. To know when the avocado is ready to eat, squeeze it lightly. It should still be somewhat firm, but with enough give that a knife could smoothly cut through it. Thanks to its versatility, avocado can easily be used on a sandwich, as a dip or salsa, in chilled soup, in a salad, in sushi, with an omelet, or even as a gelato. Or just scoop it right out of its skin! And even though we know that avocado can be so much more, don’t forget the guacamole (yummy, yummy guacamole). Just keep in mind that there can be too much of a good thing. Due to the fruit’s high-fat content (roughly 85% of the avocado’s calories come from fat), most experts recommend consuming no more than roughly half of a whole fruit per day. Not into eating them at all? If an avocado is purchased too ripe or forgotten on the kitchen counter, don’t let it go to waste! It’s easy to turn an abandoned avocado into a homemade face mask or hair treatmentCredit: Originally posted April 2011. Updated August 2012 by Laura Newcomer 

Then from our friends at Huffington Post – no shortage of Guac Tips out there friends!

How To Make The Best Guacamole: Tips And Mistakes To Avoid

Flickr: TheHungryDudes

We don’t mess around when it comes to guacamole. We understand the importance of this simple avocado dip. No party is really worth it unless there’s guacamole — and a lot of it. Honestly, it’s the only reason we even think about tortilla chips.

Guacamole is just one of those foods that makes people happy. So it’s important to get it right. We’ve made countless recipes, and have eaten even more bowls of the stuff than we can remember, in search of the perfect guac.

With all that avocado dip consumption, we’ve gotten to the bottom of what makes a guacamole great — and what simple mistakes people make that can ruin the most perfect of foods. Don’t be the person responsible for destroying such a good dish. Read on for what not to do when you make your next batch of guacamole (which we hope is within the next couple of hours).

    • 1 Don’t Get Stuck With Bad Avocados
      Flickr: You As A Machine
      Look, you can’t make good guacamole without good avocados. It’s just not possible. Only make guacamole if you have perfectly ripe fruit, don’t bother with anything else. Learn how to pick the best ones, it will serve you well in life.
    • 2 Don’t Use The Wrong Avocados
      Flickr: Will Merydith
      The best avocados to for guacamole are the little Hass varieties. You might be tempted to buy the big avocados that come from Florida because it means more guacamole, but those avocados contain more water which doesn’t make for a great guacamole.
    • 3 Don’t Forget The Acid
      Flickr: dierken
      Whether you prefer lemon or lime, make sure to add some to your guac. Adding both is a good idea too.
    • 4 Don’t Omit The Spice
      Flickr: °Florian
      Even if you’re not into spicy foods, adding a little bit of fresh chili to your guacamole adds the right kind of flavor. Of course, if you don’t mind spicy foods, feel free to liberally add in jalapenos, habanero or serrano peppers.
    • 5 Don’t Skimp On The Fresh Herbs
      Flickr: Saucy Salad
      Cilantro haters need to back away from the guac, because it just isn’t guacamole without freshly chopped cilantro. Of course, adding in other fresh herbs like chives and scallions impart a nice flavor too.
    • 6 Don’t Shy On The Seasoning
      Flickr: stlbites.com
      Most of us have learned to use salt sparingly when cooking, but when it comes to guacamole don’t even think about it. This fatty fruit demands a good amount of seasoning. Gradually add more salt than you normally would, tasting as you go and you’ll see what a big difference a little extra salt does for making a great guacamole.
  • 7 Don’t Over Mix
    Flickr: C05T1N
    While yes, there are some people who think they prefer easily spreadable guacamole, they are wrong (according to Rick Bayless). The best guacamole always has a little texture to it. It just adds to the flavor. Mix your guacamole only till the flavors are combined, leaving plenty of chunks, and you’ll see what a difference it makes.
  • 8 Don’t Let It Turn Brown
    Flickr: BocaDorada
    Because that’s just gross. Once you make guacamole, it’s just a matter of time before exposure to the air causes it to oxidize and turn that unappetizing brown. Sure, you can just scrape that layer off. But you can also stop the oxidation. If you’re not serving your guacamole right away you should know that there are a lot of tricks to keep guacamole from turning (like leaving the pit in), some more effective than others. We like the water trick best. Top your well-packed guacamole with about 1/2 inch of lukewarm water while it’s stored in the fridge. This stops the air from oxidizing the guacamole. When ready to serve, just pour off the water and mix in the extra moisture.
And finally no post on Guac is complete without our friends at Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill – GUAC IT OUT!

Guacamole is so in these days. Seriously, you can go pretty much anywhere and find at least one dish with guac in it. The best thing about it is its versatility, and with football season just around the corner, here are a few new ways to include guacamole in your next tailgate.

7-Layer Dip

This dip is a fan favorite at every tailgate, and with seven different layers, you can enjoy bean dip, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and more in just one bite!

 

Deviled Eggs Stuffed with Guacamole

This app adds a new twist to an old favorite. Deviled eggs stuffed with guacamole will be your favorite addition to any avocado inspired menu.

 

Hotdogs with Sriracha Guacamole 

If you like a kick of spice, this is the perfect dish for you. This spicy sriracha guacamole dog is a great combination of classic foods with a new flavor.

 

Guacamole Hummus 

This. Hummus. Is. Yummus. It really is. It isn’t your traditional hummus, either. This guacamole hummus is a mix of new with old, introducing a new flavor to your favorite dip.

 

Guacamole Nachos

This is a more traditional use of guacamole, but you know you love it. Nachos and guacamole go together like…well, nachos and guacamole. Plus, nachos make the perfect appetizer for any event.

And the best part about all of these guacamole dishes? Not only can you make them for your tailgate, but they’re also easy to make after your tailgate, using the leftover guacamole!

Football season is just around the corner! Don’t forget to put in your catering order so that you can enjoy all of your favorite Salsarita’s favorites (like guacamole, duh!) when it’s game time.

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