Tomato Stuffed Avocados
2 Tomatoes chopped
3/4 thinly sliced Red Onion or Green Onion
1 Tablespoon fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 medium ripe Avocados, halved and pitted
2 teaspoons lime juice
In a large bowl, gently toss tomatoes, onion, basil, salt and pepper. Spoon into avocado halves; drizzle with lime juice. Serve immediately.
Enjoy ~ Here's to Your Health!
The Beauty of the Combination:
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a pigment-rich antioxidant known as a carotenoid, which reduces cancer risk and cardiovascular disease. Fats make carotenoids more bioavailable, a fact that makes a strong case for adding tomatoes to your guacamole. The Avocado has healthy fat. This is synergy.
"This also has a Mediterranean cultural tie-in," says registered dietitian Susan Bowerman of California Polytechnic State University. "The lycopene in tomato products such as pasta sauce is better absorbed when some fat (e.g., olive oil) is present than if the sauce were made fat free." This may also explain why we love olive oil drizzled over fresh tomatoes.
And when it comes to salads, don't choose low-fat dressings. A recent Ohio State University study showed that salads eaten with full-fat dressings help with the absorption of another carotenoid called lutein, which is found in green leafy vegetables and has been shown to benefit vision. If you don't like heavy salad dressing, sprinkle soaked nuts and seeds on your salad for optimal health.