Friday, November 1, 2013

Guacamole!

Raw foodies usually make healthier choices than many people, but even a very healthy person catches a cold from time to time. 

In order to stay healthy we need a strong immune system, but we must also understand that only in contact with germs we can build up our immunity. 

There are many strategies, several important nutrients and some foods that we should consider when we want to strengthen our immune system. In the Northern hemisphere the first week of November is probably the best time to begin.


Avocado is one of the best foods for the immune system. It is rich in zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, A and E. It is also a great source of fatty acids and glutathione. The immune system works best if the lymphoid cells have a well balanced level of glutathione. The fatty acids will help curtail inflammation that is associated with colds and flu. 

To strengthen your immune system eat as many avocados as you possibly can!

Guacamole is one of the most popular ways to eat avocado. Guacamole is quick and easy and can be eaten any time as a dip or a side dish. 


My guacamole recipe will help you stay healthy not only during the cold winter months. All the ingredients work in synergy to strengthen your immune system. Feel free to modify this recipe and adjust the amounts to your personal liking.

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp freshly pressed lime juice (add more if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp crashed hot chili flakes
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch powdered cumin

Method:
  • Wash and cut avocados lengthwise. Remove the seeds. 
  • Dip the avocado halves in ice cold water to prevent them from turning brown.
  • Using a spoon scoop the flesh into a medium large bowl and mash it with fork or a potato masher.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix well. 
  • Arrange the ready guacamole in a bowl on bed of crispy lettuce and enjoy it in good company with raw trotillas or flax seed crackers.

I know people who would love to try raw food, but who do not wish to invest in expensive kitchen utensils. This is a low-tech recipe that does not require any gadgets at all. Sharp knife, a fork and a cutting board should be enough to prepare this healthy dish. Give it a try!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Also of interest: How to Prepare Your Immune System for the Winter

         
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