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Planning a Super Bowl party this Sunday? Don’t forget the guacamole. The rise in popularity of all things made with avocado has been meteoric, to wit: avocado toast. When, prior to most recently had you heard of avocado toast? Now it’s a menu item on eateries all over the country.

avocado, guacamole I’ve been an avocado aficionada since I was in grade school and, in my opinion, a salad without avocado is just plain boring. Avocados are getting their due – and for good reason …

They are nutritious, with a 3.5 ounce single serving containing 17% of the RDA of vitamin C; 14% of the RDAs of potassium and vitamin B5; 26% of the RDA of vitamin K; 20% of the RDA of folate and 10% of the RDA of vitamin E. A serving of avocado also contains small amounts of copper; iron; phosphorous; and vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3 plus 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of healthy fats and 7 grams of fiber.

Some studies have shown that eating this delicious fruit (yup, avocados are a fruit,) can lower  LDL cholesterol by up to 22% and reduce blood triglyceride levels by up to 20%.

Avocado toast aside, guacamole is the number 1 use for the avocado and, this year, an avocado company will present a 30 second Super Bowl commercial, putting their money where your mouth is.

So, with approximately 100 million pounds of guacamole estimated to be consumed during this year’s Big Game, here’s a great recipe from national food chain, Blimpie’s, that is sure to please your crowd this coming Sunday.

Blimpie's Guacamole

Blimpie’s Game Day Guac Recipe

2 ripe avocados

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ripe tomato, chopped

1 lime, juiced

salt and pepper to taste

Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors. Enjoy!

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