Avocados mollify your taste buds, are excellent for your skin, and provide multiple essential nutrients to your body. The avocado is delicious. It is creamy, rich in taste, smooth in texture and is known to be multi-dimensional. The most well known recipe that utilizes avocados is guacamole. If you love Mexican Cuisine and live in the Southwest there is a good chance you consume guacamole often. There are a myriad of recipes that use this magical fruit. Yes, the avocado is a part of the fruit family.

The avocado grows on a tree, carries a seed, therefore it is technically and biologically a fruit. Because it typically shares the plate with other veggies, we assume it is a vegetable. This clearly indicates that the avocado is mighty and versatile. Avocados are used in fruit salads, hot and cold soups, and even as a sandwich spread. Aside from all the delectable recipes that include the avocado the health benefits are omnipresent.

You may already know avocados are high in calories. Per avocado it has more than 300 calories. However, do not let this number detour your course of healthy eating. The health benefits outweigh this little number.

This plentiful fruit contains, vitamin, A, C, E, K and B6. It also provides 54% of recommended daily fiber. Avocados have 975 mg of potassium. That is twice as much as a banana. The folic acid in avocados is mostly responsible for reducing the risk of heart disease. The vitamin E content has been linked to a healthy heart, something needed to burn fat successfully. The vitamin E in the avocado helps protect you against other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. One of the main health benefits of avocados; add avocado to you your meal and you may improve your absorption of nutrients up to 400%. Incredible! Along with the above mentioned, avocados are also excellent for your skin, hair, regulating blood sugar and promoting eye health.

My personal guacamole has pleased the palate of many houseguests. If you would like to reduce the calorie/fat content, substitute tortilla chips with sliced cucumber.
Bronwyn’s Guacamole
4-6 Haas Avocados (mashed to your desire)
3-4 large segments of a clove of garlic (minced finely)
Fage yogurt (substitute for sour cream)
½ white onion (grated) use a cheese grater
2-3 teaspoons of your favorite salsa (mild or hot)
1 wedge lemon/lime (try one or both)
Finely chopped cilantro
A dash of seasoned salt
Fresh ground pepper
Serrano chiles (optional)
*Taste as you make. Chill and serve. Serves 4-6.

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Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin Mash the avocado in a bowl, stir in
½ avocado honey. Apply to skin and leave for
¼ honey 10 minutes. Rinse face with a cool washcloth.

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