Friday, January 7, 2011

80--- Angie's Avocado Salsa

Here is another friend recipe (what would I do without you?)!

This is Angie's Avocado Salsa. Angie is a great friend and a fabulous personal trainer. She also has a wonderful husband, two gorgeous kids (mini-me versions of herself) and an awesome upbeat outlook on EVERYTHING.

Angie frequents a quaint little lunch spot in Bozeman. One day she was having lunch and she dissected their avocado salsa, bite by bite. Those of you who know Angie know where this recipe got it's origins--- but I think her version is better.

Avocados (aka: butter pears) are the world's fattest fruit- literally (1 medium avocado contains 30 g fat). I often get the debated question from clients: "To eat, or not to eat?". Even though eating avocado CAN add significant calories to your daily intake, the benefit of a little bit of avocado (say, 1/2 of an avocado 3 times per week) is worth it! Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats (the heart protective ones).

I recommend serving this with flatbread triangles instead of tortilla chips-- you get more avocado flavor that way!

Angie's Avocado Salsa
Makes ~2 cups

1 large avocado (slightly firm), diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
3 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (more if you LOVE it)
1 tsp Agave syrup (or honey)
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Info per 1/4 cup: 55 calories, 4 g fat (2 g monounsaturated), 1 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber

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