Guacamole with berries and pomegranate

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The classic guacamole tastes great on its own with just onions, lemon juice, peppers and spices. However, it gets boring to eat the same thing over and over again. Also, the guacamole is so versatile that it tastes good, or even better when paired with quite a few fruits or vegetables. Adding some crunch and punch will make the recipe interesting, so I threw in some pomegranate seeds, blackberries, and raspberries. Voila! I have a deliciously colorful, nutritious guacamole bursting with flavors. This recipe can serve as a dip, vegetarian or vegan taco filling, or even be eaten on its own as an appetizer! If you want a salsa recipe with avocado, click here or here for an easy peasy smoothie recipe with avocado.

Some health benefits of the avocado:

  • Avocado is high in healthy fats and fiber.
  • It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, copper, vitamin E and vitamin C.
  • The avocado consists of 73% water, 15% fat, 8.5% carbohydrates (mostly fibers) and 2% protein.
  • Avocado helps in keeping eyes healthy.
  • Avocado is an anti-aging powerhouse. It protects the skin from signs of aging and the harmful effects of UV rays.
  • Avocado helps in maintaining blood sugar levels, thus aiding weight management, protection from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
  • It has antioxidant properties and hence reduces the risk of cancer, liver damage, and Vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding.
  • Avocado enhances the absorption of nutrients by the body.
  • It helps to increase circulation, boost cognitive abilities, and build stronger bones.
  • Avocado contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Some interesting facts on the avocado:

  • Avocado is a fruit, which is botanically a large berry containing a single seed.
  • There are 160 calories in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of Avocados.
  • It is native to South Central Mexico.
  • There are over 500 varieties of avocados in the world.
  • The avocado is colloquially known as the alligator pear because of its shape and the leather-like appearance of its skin.
  • They have a very long lifespan with some trees in Mexico over 400 years old.
  • Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by to bear fruit.
  • The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs.

Sources: http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-avocados

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9744/11-fun-facts-about-avocados.html

Let’s move on to the recipe-

Ingredients

  • avocados – 3, peeled and pitted
  • serrano chili – 1, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • black (Himalayan) salt – 1 teaspoon
  • pomegranate seeds – 1/4 cup
  • blackberries and raspberries – 1/4 cup, halved lengthwise
  • red onion – 1, diced
  • red pepper – 1/4, sliced into 1-inch long strips (optional)
  • chopped parsley – 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  • Place the avocados in a bowl with the minced chili, salt, and lemon juice.
  • Mash using a potato masher until you get tiny chunks intertwined in an otherwise smooth mixture.
  • Mix in the pomegranate seeds, berries, onions, and pepper.
  • Garnish with parsley.

Tips

  • The Himalayan salt has been used for added flavor; can be replaced with regular salt if unavailable or you don’t like the taste (It has an eggy flavor that vegans might not like).

 

 

 

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