Guest Post by Krista A. Parr
Avocados are a beautifully symbolic fertility food: an avocado takes 9 months to grow from blossom to ripe fruit, and even looks like a woman’s womb! But beyond this symbolic imagery, avocados are packed with nutritional properties that nourish female fertility. High in monounsaturated fat, avocados can boost fertility by lowering inflammation in the body. As a low-carb, low-sugar, and very high fiber food, avocado is a great choice for blood sugar regulation in women with PCOS. Also high in necessary fertility vitamins C, E, B6, and folate, try to include at least 1 avocado per week in your pre-conception and fertility diet.
What makes this guacamole so special is the inclusion of the lime zest. Melding with the cilantro, green onion, and garlic, it makes for a very complex flavour. You could use lemon zest & juice in place of lime, but it won’t be quite the same. Whatever citrus juice you choose to use, this guacamole will last in the fridge at least 4 days without going black, as the citrus juice keeps it fresh.
3 ripe avocados, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 medium-large jalapeno pepper, inner white pith removed, then chopped (keep seeds if you like a spicier guacamole, or discards seeds for a non-spicy version)
1 clove of garlic, minced
3 green onions, diced
½ cup (packed) fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
3 small (or 2 large) limes, zest the skin and then juice
1 teaspoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
1.5 teaspoons sea salt
1.5 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
Combine everything in a large bowl, mix well, and then allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve as a party dip, on top of a green salad, or along with your favourite Mexican-inspired home cooking.
Krista A. Parr is a Vancouver Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Root to Fruit Nutrition, specializing in fertility and women’s health. www.RootToFruitNutrition.ca