I must say, I´ve never been a huge fan of Avocado. It just tastes so well, tasteless to me, oh and slimy. (Says the five year old in me)
Having said that, I have recently become a convert to Avocado in the form of guacamole, aswell as a good Avocado sauce for Pasta.
Tonight Daddy is away on business so little man and I decided to have a movie night. Oliver gets to pick what we eat on Movie nights, so he chose Fajitas, mainly because he loves the wraps!
I don´t ususally eat carbs at night, and although I do give carbs to Oliver, I try to make sure they are as healthy as possible, i.e changing white rice for brown rice and changing flour tortillas for corn tortilla wraps.
Corn Tortillas are lower in fat and calories aswell as being Gluten and Wheat Free. Flour wraps also can contain up to 20% of your daily Sodium intake.
I used to buy a store-bought seasoning for my chicken fajitas years ago, but then I had Oliver and read the back of the packet! Half the ingredients were totally unnecessary, including ridiculous amounts of sugar.
I now always use my own seasoning for chicken fajitas – 1 teaspoon of smoked Paprika, a pinch of ground cumin, the juice of half a lime and seasoned with a bit of pepper.
This isn´t a big veggie option for the kids, as Oliver certainly won´t touch the peppers or the onions, but I can trick him into putting some guacamole on his fajita.
Avocado is seriously amazing for your health. Just 100 grams contains:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
- Folate: 20% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
- Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
- It also contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
Avocado is good for lowering Cholesterol, helps to absorb nutrients from other plant foods, is loaded with antioxidants and may help prevent cancer, arthritis and even help weight loss.
Another important use for Avocado is for fertility purposes. In one study, Monounsaturated fats found in Avocados (as well as in Brasil nuts) meant that those in the control group who included them in their diet, were 3-4 times more likely to have children after IVF than those who didn´t include it in their diet.
In conclusion, there is no reason you should not include this superfood in your family´s diet!
The recipe I used for my guacamole was one very kindly given to me by my friend Ximena from Tartas Y Mas.
2 Very Ripe Avocados (will be softer to the touch and the stem will also be slightly browner rather than yellow.)
1 small onion / 1/2 medium onion very finely chopped ( and i mean teeny weeny)
Juice of 1 lime or lemon (I prefer lime but if you can´t get hold of one, lemon will do.)
Large pinch of spicy paprika (Pimenton picante)
1/2 mature tomato (optional to taste) very finely chopped
Leave your onion to soak in the lime/lemon juice for at least half an hour
Then, add the Avocado and paprika to the onion and mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon
If you want you can also add the tomato to spice it up a bit.
And that is it! So simple and so tasty. Try reading the back of a store-bought guacamole some time and you will see just how many ingredients are in them, from cream to stabilizers to sugar. You´ll see when you make your own guacamole that they are all totally unnecessary!
What are you waiting for?
Happy cooking guys