6 ripe avocados
juice from 2 fresh squeezed lime
1 jalapeno, chopped and seeded (depending on how spicy you like things you can leave all the seeds in. I take out half of the seeds to have a bit of a kick)
3-4 cloves of minced garlic
1 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped (controversial, I know. Leave it out if it's not your favourite)
1/2 small red onion
1/2 tsp sea salt
-start by peeling and pitting your avocados. Place them in a large bowl
-juice the limes into the avocados, add salt. With a potato masher, mash the avocados. Here you can decide how chunky you want your guac. If you like a really smooth guac, you could always add everything to a food processor and puree until you get the consistency that you like
-stir in the minced garlic, onions, cilantro and jalapeno
-make sure everything is combined well and then you are done! Have a taste, this dish is super easy going so you can add in more of whatever you feel it needs
best ever guacamole
Guacamole is everyone's favourite. I can honestly say I've never heard of any individual who does not enjoy this flavourful snack. The avocados give it its distinct creaminess and the added freshness from the chopped cilantro and lime juice take it to a whole other level. The best thing about this snack (after its delicious flavour) is that it is actually packed full of beneficial nutrients. You may have heard some of those crabby people say that you should stay away from guacamole because it's high in fat. All I have to say to that is so what? Fat is our friend! Especially the beneficial kind of fat that avocados are loaded with called monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are well researched and are known for their important role in benefitting heart-health. Avocados are also full of important phytosterols (fancy word for plant cholesterol) that help control inflammation in the body. The fat in avocados is necessary for absorption of the fat soluble vitamins- A, D, E and K. Without fat, these essentials vitamins would not be absorbed in our body. Avocados are also a great source of fibre and vitamins like B6, E, K and folic acid.
Did you know that the most nourishing part of the avocado lies right underneath the skin? When peeling your avocados, make sure you leave nothing behind! The best way to do this is to slice your avocado in half and use your fingers to gently peel away the skin (like you would peel an orange). A perfectly ripe avocado will peel easily and there won't be any flesh left on the peel. If the avocado is a few days over due, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and scrape up anything left behind.
Add avocados to your salads, enjoy them as a side dish topped with some fresh lemon juice and sea salt or smash them on toast- there are so many different ways for you to enjoy this nourishing food!