Looking for a simple summer snack that will keep you swimsuit ready? Today, I’m sharing the easiest 2-minute guacamole recipe perfectly paired with veggies like celery, carrots or zucchini slices.
Did you know that you actually need to eat fat to burn fat? Well, certain fats that is – unsaturated fats. That’s the fat in fish, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, butter, seeds and avocados. They help remove LDL cholesterol from your arteries and promote a healthy heart. And these real foods are soo much healthier than the low-fat processed foods loaded with sugar and salt to add flavor from the removed fats. These healthy fats actually help break down the stored fats in your body and contain the building blocks to building muscle, all working together to help you slim down.
Avocados pack in healthy monounsaturated fats that contain oleic acid and give you protein and fiber. They actually help reduce cravings and keep you feeling full so you don’t over-eat.
Shopping Tip: How do you pick a perfectly ripe avocado? Peeling away the stem and if you find green underneath, take that one! If you find brown, then it’s overripe. If the stem won’t come off at all, it’s not yet ripe, but you can take it home to be ready in a few days!
- 1 avocado
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (omit if AIP)
- juice from 1/4 lime
Mash the avocado with all other ingredients in a bowl with a fork and it’s ready to serve! If you don’t plan on eating it all right away, save the avocado seed and put in the bowl with the guac to keep it from going brown for a day or two.
I recently made dinner for a friend who is following the Auto-Immune Paleo diet. The AIP diet basically removes anything inflammatory so that your immune system has a chance to heal. It’s very restrictive (depending on what you’re currently eating, of course), but great for people with auto-immune diseases or for anyone suffering from unexplained health issues and not seeing results from anything else. Since it avoids foods that are most often problematic, it can also help people understand what kind of food allergies they may have without taking the expensive tests. Another thing about the AIP diet is that everything must be organic to avoid reactions to pesticides, additives, hormones, etc in non-organic foods – see why organic is always the better choice here.
One of my favorite anti-inflammatory, healing foods is bone broth. It is super easy to make and I always have some on hand to drink or make soups with. So, when I was challenged to make a meal that was AIP-friendly, I knew I wanted to start there. Today, I’m sharing the delicious Cilantro Lime Chicken Soup I concocted by taking the tomatoes and peppers (nightshade veggies are a surprisingly common allergen) out of my Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. Even if you’re not following an AIP diet, I promise you’ll love this one!
Prep time: about 5 minutes, Cooking time: 35 minutes
- Put all the veggies (first 5 ingredients above) into a food processor and blend until puréed.
- Add olive oil and puréed veggies to soup pot and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Add broth and salt to the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add chicken, lime juice and cilantro to the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Serve with fresh avocado slices on top for added texture.
Hope you enjoy!