Sunday, January 22, 2012

Avocado Love

Hi friends!  Good morning :)  What do you have on the agenda for your Sunday?  Mine is going to include brunch with my grandma (so excited!), lots and lots of laundry (sigh), working on a few presentations and creating a grading rubric.  Even though I graduated from my graduate program last quarter, I was offered the chance to be a teaching assistant for an introductory nutrition course.  My former school is converting to semesters - so students are trying to rush to get this class into their schedules.  I thought taking this opportunity would be great for a couple of reasons - I'm interested in teaching, so it would be good experience in seeing if it's actually something I want to do.  Also, grading is something that I can do at home in my pajamas and seeing that my life is a little up in the air right now, well, why not?

So, here is a quick recap of yesterday :)  I went to the gym for a quick, easy, breezy 30 minutes on the elliptical machine.  It took me 30 minutes to de-ice my car...which seemed like a workout in itself.  Then, I came home, got ready and went out with a few friends for a birthday celebration.  The restaurant was ridiculously crowded - we had to wait 40 minutes for our reserved table.  Luckily, they were very accommodating - free margaritas or guacamole anyone?  I love when restaurants go out of their way to improve customer service, it's such an important component to any dining experience. 

I had to order the vegetarian tacos.  Portobello mushrooms, rice, salsa, black beans, guacamole....all on corn tortillas for the gluten-free me :)  One thing I love about this restaurant is how accommodating they are to the gluten-free lifestyle.  When I ordered my meal, I asked if I could sub the corn tortillas for the flour tortillas - without a beat the server replied of course and do you have a gluten allergy?  Love.  I love when they make it easy and I don't have to feel like a difficult customer asking questions about the food.  Back to the tacos, I could eat them literally everyday and luckily I have half of my order saved, which I will be eating tonight during Once Upon a Time.  

Yesterday, I revealed that I would be sharing a recipe that incorporated 3 of my favorite foods.  Avocados, almond butter and chocolate.  I love avocados - I love them in guacamole, sliced over sandwiches, as part of a salad and in recipes with cocoa.  You see, avocados are full of monounsaturated fats (about 3 grams per serving) and polyunsaturated fats (about 0.5g per serving).  Keep in mind the serving size is 1/5th of a medium avocado....oh and did you know avocados are a fruit?  If you're skeptical about using avocado for this type of recipe, I totally understand.  Make sure your avocados aren't too ripe or it will take on more of an avocado taste.  Try this recipe and you'll be a convert!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse


1/4-1/3 avocado
1 tsp almond butter
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 packet stevia

1. Remove avocado from skin but cutting in half with a knife and scooping out the inside with a large spoon.
2. Place avocado in a ramekin and mash - add almond butter, cocoa and stevia - continue mashing until uniform in color.
3. Enjoy!  You could also use a food processor for a smoother consistency.

Mash, mash, mash!

Best. dessert. ever.

What do you have planned for Sunday?