Heart-Healthy Creamy Avocado Salsa Recipe, photo by Hispanic Kitchen

Heart-Healthy Creamy Avocado Salsa Recipe

While many factors affect heart disease, eating avocados as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk.

My creamy salsa avocado recipe uses fresh avocados and adds jalapeños too for a nice kick. I especially love eating it with my eggs in the morning, but you can put it on salads and more. Last night, my husband ate it with one of our favorite weeknight meals – sheet pan flank steak with roasted potatoes – and he loved it!

While many factors affect heart disease, eating avocados as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk.

5 Things You Need To Know About Fresh Avocados

As a proud Latina and someone who grew up eating (even picking!) fresh avocados, I think I have more than the average level of expertise when it comes to avocados. Sure, we all know they are delicious (and once you try my recipe for creamy avocado salsa, you’ll have another reason to buy more) but let’s talk more about why avocados are so healthy for us. Some of these benefits you might have heard about, others could be news to you. Next time you reach for a fresh avocado, put on an extra big smile on your face because:

  • Fresh avocados provide naturally good fats. This is really important to me, because I always want to make sure that my family is eating healthy and while we all need fats to help us absorb nutrients, good fats is a better choice than bad fats. Did you know that avocados are virtually the only fruit with good fats? Just one of many reasons to eat them as often as possible.
  • Avocados are a heart-healthy nutrient-rich fruit. While many factors affect heart disease, eating avocados as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk. I love to cut up fresh avocados and add them to salads with other healthy fruits and vegetables to maximize this benefit. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Avocados are a good source of fiber. This is important, because diets rich in healthy foods containing fiber, such as avocados, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. My grandmother suffered and ended up passing away from diabetes. Anything that I can do to prevent that from happening to me or anyone in my family is good in my book, and that is why I always have fresh avocados on hand.
  • Avocados can act as a “nutrient booster.” This means that they can help the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods that are eaten with the fruit. You can add avocados to so many great recipes, and it just makes it that much better!
  • Avocados are sugar-free. It’s good to remember that avocados have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit. They go great in smoothies and other desserts because they add a creamy component without overloading your drink with sugar. One smoothie that I like includes avocado, mango, blueberry, kale, lemon juice, and flax seed. You have to try it!

For more information about avocados and some delicious recipes, check out LoveOneToday.com.

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Aguacates Frescos – SaboreaUnoHoy and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Recipe courtesy of My Latina Table.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 onion
  • 1-2 jalapeños depending on the desired level of heat
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water (you can add more if you want a thinner consistency)

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Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Chef Notes

Whenever I make this creamy avocado salsa, I store it in a large plastic bottle made especially for dressings and sauces. This makes it really easy to serve and store and is very convenient.

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