Snacking is a big thing for me. Many would argue with me and say that it isn’t necessary…some would even tell me that it isn’t healthy. However, for me, it is mandatory. I just can’t seem to eat enough food all at one sitting to be able to hang for 4-6 hours without munching on something. For anyone that is following the AIP for Paleo, you know how hard it is to find “snack” type foods. Our options are pretty limited anyway, but if we are going super strict AIP, fruit and other things like that aren’t even much of an option. So, this was one of my solutions. 😉
Not only are these yummy, they are incredibly nutritious! Avocados pack TONS of health benefits! They are high in oleic acid which many studies have shown helps to prevent breast cancer. They also appear to contain compounds that are able to seek out pre-cancerous cells in the oral cavity and mitigate them without doing any harm to the healthy cells. They are high in fiber, folate, B6, B5, potassium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin’s E, C, & K, as well as glutathione! This makes them powershouse’s for lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels, protecting eyesight and heart function, reducing the risk of stroke, and fighting inflammation…and that is just the “short” list! 😉 No matter how you slice it (pun intended 😛 ), avocados are really good for you!
And what about cilantro?! Cilantro is another powerhouse of protection! It is loaded with anti-oxidants and minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains folic-acid, B2, B3, vitamin-A, beta carotene, and vitamin C. It has been found to be anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, killing things like pesky as salmonella. Many use it for it’s chelating effects with heavy metals. That is one of my main reasons for using cilantro. This stuff will get into my system and bind to things like mercury, lead, and aluminum and rid me of their burdens. On top of all of this, it also is an anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulator, cholesterol moderator, and a blessing to our digestive systems. Not to mention what it can do for your endocrine system!
So, wow! These are not just a yummy snack…these are a part of my healing regimen!
You will need…
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
- 2-3 pinches of garlic powder
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- sea salt and black pepper to taste (if strict AIP, leave out the pepper)
- endive leaves for serving
First we are going to cut open our avocado, remove the seed, and scoop it into a glass mixing bowl. Add the lime juice and use your fork to mash it up nicely, so you can get a pretty creamy consistency.
After you have the creamy consistency that you are looking for, add the cilantro, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix it until thoroughly combined. I will usually add my spices first and do some random taste tests so that I know they are getting mixed in well. 😉
Once it is all combined, you can fill your endive leaves, or even use them like chips and just dip them right in! This would also make a great dip for celery or cucumber slices, or other veggies that you may like to snack on. 🙂
Do you have any “go to” recipes for snacks on the AIP? What about just every day paleo snacks that lend a massive health boost to your diet?
Resources: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-avocados.html, http://www.healthonlinezine.info/health-benefits-of-avocados.html, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=70, http://studiobotanica.com/cilantro-benefits/, http://rawlivingfoods.tumblr.com/post/35875083556/the-health-benefits-of-cilantro, http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cilantro.html