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Tony Horton on Avocados: The Poor Man’s Butter

by David Samra

From the Beachbody newsletter. A quick tip from P90X creator and guru Tony Horton and an amazingly tasty Guacamole recipe.

Tony Horton on Avocados: The Poor Man’s Butter

By Tony Horton

Every time I mention that I eat four to six avocados a week, I hear all this gobbledygook about how fattening they are. I want to clear up this avocado debate right now. The fat in avocados is monounsaturated. This good fat is part of a healthy diet. It actually helps lower cholesterol. Avocados are rich in vitamins C and E, folic acid, and potassium. They also help your body absorb beta-carotene from other foods. Half an avocado is only 150 calories, and makes a perfect topping on a salad or some of your favorite whole-grain toast. Plus the pit is a giant seed that grows into a gorgeous plant.

Recipe: Guacamole

Here’s a great recipe that spotlights what Tony Horton calls “the poor man’s butter”: the avocados. Guacamole is a great, versatile condiment. It can be a healthy dip for veggies or baked chips, or a delicious sandwich spread to replace fattening mayo with avocados’ heart-healthy benefits. If you’re storing some for later, make sure you don’t skip the lime juice. The acid from the citrus will keep your guac from turning brown.

  • 4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet white onion, minced
  • 2 chilies, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Hot pepper sauce (to taste)
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • White pepper (to taste)

Cut avocado in large chunks and mash coarsely in large bowl with fork. Add remaining ingredients and blend gently—leaving some small chunks is fine. Taste and adjust seasoning with more pepper sauce, salt, and pepper if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information (per serving):

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