The fat content of avocado is incredibly healthy for a baby’s growing brain and body – so much so – it should be one of baby’s first foods. It’s also a perfect finger food as it is soft and not a choking hazard. However, avocados can be spiced up and enjoyed by everyone!
This guacamole recipe is one of my family’s favorite for alongside any meal and/or as a dip.
Avocados are classified as a fruit and they are loaded with good fatty acids — primarily monounsaturated fats (the same as olive oil). There is a good omega 3 to 6 ratio. Additionally, they contain lots vitamins, A, K and choline. There is also a considerable amount of folate and vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. In fact, avocados have twice as much potassium as banana.
Studies Show Benefits
In this study published in the Journal of Nutrition, the researchers found that the carotenoids found in vegetables were much better absorbed in the presence of avocados. They felt that it was due to the fat content of the avocado that enabled better nutrient absorption.
Putting avocado in your salad will help absorb all of the nutrients in the raw vegetables.
Similarly, eating fat with vegetables also enhances nutrient and mineral absorption as recommended by the Weston Price Foundation. Using a high quality extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil as part of the salad dressing is the best way to do this. For cooked vegetables, use butter and your kids will love them!
Avoid store bought salad dressings as they are full of rancid, GM oils such as soy and canola oil, as well as additives and other junk.
Read a recipe for a delicious Walnut-Balsamic Salad Dressing!
No Need For Organic
There are certain fruits and vegetables that are not heavily sprayed with pesticides and/or just don’t seem to retain them. Avocados are not heavily sprayed and they also do not appear to retain pesticides. That means that is is fine to buy regular avocados that are not organic. Why spend the extra money when you do not need to and organic avocados are difficult to come by.
Check out my video/recipe for avocado oil Minute Mayonnaise. If you have had trouble making mayonnaise, you need to watch this video! I share with you my fool-proof method for making mayonnaise perfectly each time!
Read more about the Health Benefits of Avocado Oil.
Read about the Top Eight Avocado Recipes! You’ll get some good ideas for using avocados!
Cool Guacamole (SCD,GAPS, Paleo)
- 4 ripe avocado
- Juice of ½ lemon or lime
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (where to buy)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (where to buy organic and bulk spices)
- 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne or chili powder (optional)
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 medium tomato finely chopped (optional)
- Large bowl, plate
- Fork or mini processor (where to buy a mini food processor)
- Slice the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the meat
- With the fork mash the avocado until it is smooth (or use the mini processor)
- Mix in the lemon or lime juice
- Add the chopped onion, garlic
- Add the spices and salt and gently mix together
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving
- If you leave the pit in with the mixture, it will stay fresher, however remove the pit before serving
Tip: If the avocados are very large add more spice in the same proportions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 – 6
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These recipes are suitable for Paleo, SCD, GAPS and all grain free eaters.