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My Favorite Salad (and a love affair with Avocado)

Hi, my name is Cheryl and I’m an addict.  No, this post isn’t about chocolate as you might assume….it’s avocado! In a quest to find filling foods as meat replacements (I’m not giving up meat, but looking to cut back on my consumption of it), I learned that the avocado is a complete source of protein, containing all 18 essential amino acids! Who knew?!  It is incredibly nutrient dense, which is what I’m going after in my diet; foods that have the max amount of nutrients per calorie.  Check out the amazing nutrient profile of this creamy, delicious fruit (yes, fruit).

The possibilities are endless for using avocado.  It’s not just for guacamole.  It can be used in desserts too! I’m going to try making a chocolate mousse using it once my husband gets back from his business trip.  Mmm, I can’t wait.  In the meantime, my favorite way of getting in my daily avocado is straight-up in a salad.  Almost every day I have this for lunch– usually with cucumber too, but I forgot to add them before I took the picture– So delicious and simple.

1.  Large serving of organic chopped romaine.

2.  Sliced red pepper strips

3.  Half of a Haas avocado

4.  Half a large cucumber

5.  Dressing: 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp, dijon mustard, dash of salt and fresh ground pepper.  

*A note on salad dressings:  Most store bought salad dressings contain chemicals and are loaded with sugar.  When it’s so easy to make your own, why spend the money on something sub-standard and not so healthy for you? My rule is if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to put it in my body.  Check out this great article on some of the harmful ingredients in your salad dressing.

What are your favorite salad ingredients? How often do you eat avocado? Do you ever use it in place of meat for meals?

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