No big game party spread is complete without guacamole! One of the reasons guacamole is such a fabulous game day option, is just how versatile it is. It can be served as a condiment on your favorite burger or sandwich, as filler in stuffed mushrooms or deviled eggs, and of course as a dip for everything from your favorite chips to veggie spears. The key ingredient in guacamole is of course the avocado.
Though avocados are native to Central and South America, thanks mainly in part to guacamole, they have become a huge part of America’s big game tradition. Just a little over ten years ago only 8 million pounds of avocados were consumed in the United States during the biggest game of the year. However, in 2013 it was estimated that number had risen to more than 79 million pounds. What makes the avocado such a popular choice among many American’s isn’t just its versatility as an ingredient, but its numerous health benefits.
Rich and creamy avocados are a wonderful source of nutrients as well as healthy fat. Avocados are high in Vitamin K and fiber, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium. In fact, according to the New York University Langone Medical Center, avocados actually contain “even more potassium per gram than bananas…” They have also shown to help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar as well as blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, aid in digestion, and help to maintain a healthy weight.
With the enormous number of dishes that can be prepared using avocados, their almost unrivaled health benefits, and the big game fast approaching, it’s should come as no surprise that avocados are Wholesome Tummies Super Food for the month of January!
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