When one thinks about their favorite Merrimack restaurants, several items come to mind making that particular stand above the rest. Whether it’s a signature cocktail, weeknight special, inviting atmosphere, or a homemade pile of goodness – there is a reason it’s your favorite.
Similarly, when it concerns the best Mexican food around, there are staple dishes that pop into people’s minds. For example, tacos, burritos, fresh salsa and guacamole, just to name a few. Do you disagree? And, while most people associate authentic Mexican cuisine with dishes that probably aren’t the best on the health chart, we’re here to set the record straight – especially when it comes to the mushy green stuff we call guac.
First, let’s talk avocado.
As you know, the primary ingredient of guacamole is avocado. It is within this delicious piece of fruit that you’ll find a myriad of health benefits when consumed in moderation. High in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, a single avocado also contains a whopping 15 grams of healthy fat and 2 grams of protein.
- MONOUNSATURATED FAT
For most people, anything with the word ‘fat’ presents a negative connotation. However, when it comes to monounsaturated fats (like those in avocados), you need to think good. These plant-based fats are an essential part of any diet, helping boost brain function while lowering the risk of heart disease.
How much or how little you know about antioxidants is to be told. However, most know that this fun little word is a desirable element in your diet. So, let’s just say that antioxidants are your body’s new best friend. These substances have been shown to prevent or slow cell damage caused by free radicals. While this term seems exciting and fun, free radicals are quite the opposite. For more info on this, check out this article by Live Science.
We could go for days about the avocado, but we’ll spare your time. Instead, remember they’re awesome for you! Here are a few more key benefits:
- Vitamins C, E, K, and B-6
- Potassium, Niacin, Folate, Riboflavin, Magnesium
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Now, let’s talk guacamole.
Now that you have a better understanding of the nutrient-packed avocado, let’s circle back around to guac. Made fresh, you have full control over the added ingredients, keeping this delicious side dish as healthy as can be. While there are several variations, here is an easy to make, at-home recipe.
- 2 mashed avocados
- 2 diced plum tomatoes
- ½ cup of finely chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons of high-quality extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly chopped cilantro to taste
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice
Once your ingredients are mixed, refrigerate and allow your guacamole to sit for at least one hour for the best flavor.
Next time you’re searching through Merrimack restaurants, make life easy and stop into el Tapatio! From the best margarita in town to the freshest guacamole, we have the menu your taste buds are craving!
Visit us today at 70 Milford Road in Merrimack, NH!