This avocado-based raw guacamole recipe is one of the best I have come across! The perfect balance of herbs and spices make it a great savoury recipe to enjoy at lunch or dinner. You can make vegetable "chips" by simply slicing some cucumber or zucchini rounds to dip into the guacamole. If you can find sunchokes (jerusalem artichokes), I find that they resemble chips the best (especially when sliced very thinly).
There are numerous benefits when you choose to include avocado as part of your diet. These include:
Immune Booster - contain the master antioxidant, "glutathione," which boosts your body's immune system and keeps your nervous system healthy
Eye Protection - avocado's are rich in lutein, a nutrient necessary to keep your eyes healthy and prevent age-related macular degeneration
Cardiovascular Health - contain oleic acid which improves cardiovascular health. Vitamin B6 and folic acid control homocysteine levels which are linked to increased risk of heart disease
Digestive Aid - contain more natural fibre than any other fruit! This high fibre content aids in digestion and blood sugar regulation
Nutrient Absorption Aid - eating avocados with other vegetables (such as salads) helps your body absorb 3-5 times MORE carotenoid antioxidants in those foods, than if they were eaten alone
- 2 ripe avocados, mashed in one big bowl
- 1/4 red onion, chopped finely
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped finely (this is optional - if you don't like spicy, leave out)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- finely ground black pepper
Mash the avocado, and add in the rest of the ingredients. If you want, you can also add a little bit of cracked himalayan salt. I personally do not add salt to my diet (I get salt from cell salts found in fruit and vegetables), but that doesn't mean you cannot add it if you prefer a little salt! This recipe tastes just fine without added salt. Best when served immediately. Enjoy!