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Holy Guacamole! Avocados Galore

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While avocados have recently entered the Western foodie spotlight, these creamy, green fruits have been around in a big way for centuries upon centuries. Avocados originated in Mexico and existed long before the arrival of European settlers. And as early as the 16th century, the Aztecs were getting creative with the crop, and with this creativity, guacamole was born.
What is guacamole, you ask? The question to ‘what is guacamole’ is quite simple: guacamole is comprised of diced avocados, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro, and lime. Oftentimes, people will make spicy guacamole dips by adding jalapeno peppers, or chili powder. People also add onions and diced tomatoes for extra texture and flavor.
Today, guacamole is used everywhere. No matter where you look, recipes with guacamole are popping up left and right. So what is there to do with guacamole besides dip your chips in it, you ask? Firstly, guacamole works excellently as a condiment. For an extra, creamy complementary flavor, add guacamole dip to your burgers and sandwiches.
Another thing to do if you’re looking to get creative with guacamole is to incorporate it into a layered dip. Using salsa dips, guacamole, refried beans and cheese, you’ll have a delicious dip worthy of any Sunday night football gathering or birthday party.
And the best part about guacamole and other avocado-based foods is the health benefits you’ll reap. Avocados are chock full of healthy, monosaturated fats, and contain as much as 20 different vitamins and minerals. Plus, the high healthy fat content in avocados help to curb even the most ravenous of appetites. Consuming avocados benefit your body by slowing down your digestion, making you feel fuller for longer.
So the next time you see an avocado, don’t be afraid to chow down and get creative. What’s your favorite thing to do with avocados and guacamole? Let us know in the comments below!

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