Valentine Avocados & Raw Sauce Recipe!

I just received an amazing, delicious delivery from The Avocado Diva!  Fresh from California ~ Bacon, Pinkerton, and Haas avocados, lemons, sweet limes, and pixie tangerines!  I’ve been trying to incorporate more ‘raw’ into my diet lately, trying to get back up to about 90% for the health benefits!  I know what I’m having for my raw dinner tonight!

If you want to order high quality avocados, the customer service is awesome and products are ALWAYS fresh!  Visit the Diva at: www.avocadodiva.com  They even have an avocado of the month club!

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The Avocado Diva was kind enough to share one of her very own recipes that I’m going to share with YOU!  I hope you like it!

Speaking of health benefits:  By using an avocado – you will add 12-16 grams of protein to your pasta in this recipe! Plus 20 vitamins and minerals – including potassium (3x the amount of bananas!), folate, vitamins K, B6, C & E.

Avocado “Alfredo”Sauce Over Linguini by Brenda Cusik, The Avocado Diva

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of linguini pasta – cooked as per the directions (*for total raw, use spaghetti squash)
2 oil-rich avocados
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 medium lemon
2 – 3 teaspoons of the Diva’s “Avocado Salt” 
fresh ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons avocado oil (or EVOO)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a food processor, put in the avocados (sliced, depitted and skinned).
2. Add garlic, juice from lemon, and zest from 1/2 the lemon, salt and pepper.
3. Pulse all items to chop and combine. Then let it go full force for about 30-45 seconds to make a creamy sauce.
4. As it continues to blend in the food processor – slowly add avocado oil to make a creamy, frothy emulsion.  Stop processing so it does not “break” (the oil comes back out).

Taste and season more if needed.  Pulse to add the seasoning.

Put pasta in a large (non metal) bowl and toss with the avocado “Alfredo” sauce. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6 people

**For a totally raw dish, use spaghetti squash instead of linguine!**

Day 8 – Banana vs. Avocado

I had never tried using avocado in my smoothies before.   I was concerned about flavor and texture.  It seems as though it would make a good “base” for a smoothie because of its smooth texture. I usually use banana when wanting a creamy, not too thin, smoothie.

Comparing the two for nutrients:  Bananas have a higher carb content, where avocado have a higher (good) fat content.  Bananas are known for their potassium content and avocados contain almost the same amount!  Avocados also have some anti-inflammatory components, whereas bananas do not and are mucus forming.  Protein quality in avocados is also higher in avocados.

I recently started getting mine shipped fresh from California!  From Avocado Diva!  Here is the link if you are interested, they also have an avocado of the month club!

Link: Avocado Diva Site

So here it is! Yesterdays RAW Smoothie-licious!

1/2 Raw avocado

1 Banana

2 Kiwi

And enough water to reach top of fruit

Blend, and viola! Breakfast for two!

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Back in the game! Day 6

I have no good excuse for my recent slacking.  My bad.  It doesn’t help any when I don’t get scolded by my readers for not posting my raw for the day.

I’ve done well today.  I had a smoothie this evening and decided I want to try my hardest to only have one cooked meal per day.  I must have said this 100 times!  I REALLY want to do this!  It gets easier the more raw you do.  I’ve done this before and was able to lose 50 pounds back in 2010!  Eating clean and raw is not only healthy and full of nutrients but it gives me so much more energy and clarity.

It’s sometimes difficult on the east coast to find fresh produce when it’s not in season locally.  I am fortunate enough to have a couple of connections and get my citrus shipped from Florida and recently found someone to send me fresh, amazing avocados from California!  (They even have an Avocado of the Month!) You should check out their site sometime!  Click here to visit: Avocado Diva’s link

I went shopping for fresh items I was out of that will make smoothie making that much easier! (Avocado – my fresh from Cali ones will be arriving next week sometime, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, strawberries)

Now I’d just like to find someone who ships more exotic fruit, red grapes, and soursop leaves!  If you know anyone, please leave info in my comment section for me!

So here is what I had today:

Pineapple, strawberries, and spinach!

I have to add my greens because it get too easy for me to pass on veggies if I don’t toss them in!

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I’ve got some yummy ideas coming up this week!