How do I get more avocado in my life? 

Ok, I know that avocados are not going to be the first thing you think of when you think of snacking! Or even cooking, but man-oh-man the first time I tried these bite size snacks I fell in love!  These are one of my favorite FAT BOMBS!  

A little FYI… Up until about a year ago the only way that I would eat an avocado was if you dared me, or it was smashed up and made into guacamole! I am not quite sure what happened, but one day I was eating a salad at a dinner party and the salad had slivers of avocado in it. The salad was dressed with the most delicious olive oil I’ve ever tasted and salt -- that was it. Dubious, I ate it in spite of my thinking, and to my surprise, I was in heaven and had to go back for seconds!

Avocados are an incredible source of nutrients, more reasons to eat them! Did you know that you actually gain more nutrients from the little fruit from peeling it -- the greatest phytonutrient concentrations are on the edge, so be wise when scooping! According to the California Avocado Commission the best way to get all of the nutrients is the "nick and peel" method. When you do this, you actually end up peeling the avocado with your hands, just like peeling a banana. First, you will cut the avocado lengthwise, producing two long avocado halves that are still connected in the middle by the seed. Then you will grab both sides and give a gentle twist in opposing directions until they separate. Then you can remove the seed and cut each of the halves lengthwise producing long quarters of the avocado. Use your thumb and index finger to grab at the edge of the skin on each quarter and peel it off, just like you would a banana, easy! When you do it this way you end up with a peeled avocado that contains most of that dark green outermost flesh, with the best phytonutrients from the pulp portion of the avocado! BOOM!

  • 1-cup of avocado is about 22 grams of fat, and those 22 grams account for 82% of avocado's total calories. This is good news for us! We need calories and good calories at that.

  • Most researchers are agreed that the high levels of monounsaturated fat in avocado—especially oleic acid—play a role in heart-related benefits. Nearly 15 out of the 22 grams of fat found in one cup of avocado come from monounsaturated fat. This high level of monounsaturated fat puts avocado in a similar category with olives, which provide about 14 grams of monounsaturated fat. Avocado also provides us with phytosterols including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. This special group of fats has been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits to our body systems, including our cardiovascular system.

Now onto the recipe… which is so easy and you will thank me later.

 

Bacon-Wrapped Avocado

INGREDIENTS:

6 strips of bacon
1 organic avocado
Chili powder


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
3. Cut the avocado into slices.
4. Wrap each avocado slice with bacon, (1 slice of bacon per avocado slices.)
5. Sprinkle some chili powder over the bacon-wrapped slices.
6. Line slices up on the baking sheet.
7. Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

  Image Source: Paleoleap

Image Source: Paleoleap

Take out and devour. YUM!


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