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Amazing Avocado

Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods.

They are high in fiber and top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium.

This amazing fruit is high in oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that helps increase fat metabolism. They are also rich in powerful carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin as well.

Avocados also contain D-manno-heptulose sugar that has been shown to improve the skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation.

This is the perfect reason to use avocados as a facial mask rather than those over the counter facial masks that contain toxins and cost a bundle.  Avocados can also heal scars and burns.

Often people say that they cannot find ripe avocados in their area. Avocados do not have to be perfectly ripe when arriving at your local grocery. Pick your avocados ripe if you can but if you cannot go for the green ones and just place them in a bag under your cabinet. Leave them under the cabinet for three days and then refrigerate. Generally the avocados will be soft and read to use by day three or four.

Below is an amazing recipe you can use to stay healthy on this super fruit.

Avocado Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 strips bacon, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lime
1 jalapeno chopped, seeds and ribs removed
1 32oz box of chicken broth
5 avocados skin and pits removed
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Italian parsley
Fresh cilantro

In a blender, combine the jalapeno, avocados, lime juice, container of chicken broth and half of the garlic and season to taste. Puree until smooth. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pot over moderate heat. Add the onion, chopped bacon and the remaining garlic. Cook till bacon is browned and onions are caramelized. Add the avocado mixture to your pot. Bring to a simmer. Add some fresh Italian parsley and cilantro to pot and remove from heat.  Dip fresh tortillas in your soup for a wonderful side.
This recipe serves six.


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