Squeeze your Avocados!

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I know…I know…so much hype about avocados! Never really liked them much, never really ate them much. Guacamole eh! But then one day I was working at the deli and our produce guy cut one up, mashed it, gave it a squirt of lime and some salt and pepper, awesomeness! It was so fresh and so clean tasting! This is by far my favorite way to eat them.

They are actually a fruit that comes from Mexico and is related to cinnamon, camphor, and bay laurel. They have tons of good for you stuff in em, can lower bad cholesterol and help your body absorb the carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins E and K which they also have a lot of. They are high in healthy fats and fiber which can keep you feeling full longer so you aren’t as tempted to overeat.

You must squeeze your avocados to tell if they are ripe, color is not the best indicator, they should give just a little when they are ripe, not too mushy, not too firm. An avocado tree can produce 200 avocados a year.

Recently they have become very popular. And are used in everything from sandwiches and salads to smoothies. I think that right now even McDonalds has them on a burger! However I find some people are still scared of them. I am always looking for ways to incorporate healthy foods into the meals I prepare. Wasn’t so sure about this recipe but I thought I would give it a try. Chocomole Pudding…

16 Medjool dates pitted and chopped and soaked in hot water for 5 minutes then drain, 3 ripe avocados peeled & pitted, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1tblsp. Coconut oil, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, pinch of sea salt. Basically put all this into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill 3 hours and garnish with berries, if desired. It is so good that my friend that wouldn’t touch guacamole loved it! Just sayin!!!

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