1.24.2016

Recipes Using Avocados that you Must Try


The healthy benefits of Avocados


I have a new love for avocados. An extended family member told me that she loved to slice an avocado, put it on a rice cake, sprinkle salt, pepper, and fresh lemon on top. This easy snack was nutritious and filling. I tried it. I loved it and now it's my go-to snack. I've been buying a lot more avocados because of this easy way to eat this food. As I write this right now, I'm having an avocado on top of a bagel with salt, pepper, lemon and feta cheese.

Avocados are considered a super-food. The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has all the nutritional facts laid out for you.

Last year, the CAC partnered with registered dietitian and chef Michelle Dudash, author of “Clean Eating for Busy Families,” to create full-flavored snacking recipes featuring premium California Avocados and other nutrient-rich superfoods.

“As a registered dietitian, I’m always looking for ways to make delicious snacks made with wholesome ingredients. Starting with nutritious California-grown Avocados is an easy first step. The added bonus of pairing California Avocados with other foods is that they can act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, and K”, stated Dudash.

With the Superbowl coming up, score a touchdown with these two avocado-based dips.

California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip
California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip

California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip
Recipe created by Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN for the California Avocado Commission

Ingredients
 2 scallions, cut into 4 pieces each
 2 ripe, fresh California Avocados*, seeded, peeled and quartered
 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 
 1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
 1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, moisture squeezed out well

Instructions 1. Place scallions in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. 2. Add the avocados, yogurt, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper, and puree until smooth. 3. Add spinach and pulse just until incorporated. 4. For optimal taste, refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Guacamole using new Vitality Essential Oils
Watch the easy recipe video here
I am a Young Living Member , and was excited to learn about the new Vitality Line. It just came out this month. When they posted this recipe, it sounded so good and easy.

A Vitality Twist on Traditional Guacamole

Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality
  • 1 drop Lime Vitality
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1–2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper
Directions
  1. Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop the flesh into a bowl, mashing roughly with a fork.
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir until mixed.
  3. Garnish with cilantro.
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes!



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