With today being Cinco de Mayo, what better recipe to share than a great tasting and nutritious guacamole dip! These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties and numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.
Picking the Perfect Avocado
If you’re new to the wonders of the amazing avocado, one thing you need to know is how to pick a ripe one. There is nothing more disappointing than getting ready to make your guacamole only to find out your avocado isn’t ripe enough, or worse, it’s overripe and brown.
To make sure you’re taking home an avocado that’s perfectly green and creamy on the inside and free from ugly brown spots, the key is checking under the stem. This part of the avocado holds a sneak peak for what’s going on under the skin. The skin of your avocado will also appear darker in color instead of a bright green, and you can test your avocado by giving it a little squeeze. If you feel air pocket, then the avocado is too old. It it is rock-hard, it needs a few days to ripen. It should yield a little when you press your finger into it. Practice makes perfect. If it’s your first time selecting avocados, try choosing a couple of avocados that yield to gentle pressure to see how they differ in taste. But if you buy your avocado and it is hard, put it in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process.
Choosing Better Guacamole Dippers…
While you’re making a healthy choice with your dip, don’t go blowing it by inhaling a bag of tortilla chips. This dip tastes great with fresh vegetables like carrots or cucumbers. Miss the crunch of a chip? Try making your own. Sweet potato chips are a great alternative, like these from the Minimalist Baker.
While it’s not included in this recipe you may also want to add fresh herbs like cilantro or green onion to amp up the flavor. Not only will it make your guacamole taste great, they all pack a punch in the nutrient department. Want to know more about these amazing little superfoods? Check out my video Superfoods: Green Staples For Your Kitchen.
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