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How to Make Sweet Pea Guacamole
PREP TIME: 6 MINUTES
If using frozen peas, thaw before use.
How Can Sweet Pea Guacamole Make You Feel Great?
Pass the Guac, Please!
Did you know that guacamole hails from ancient Aztec culture? The Aztecs traditionally made guacamole by mashing fresh avocado with sea salt, onions, and tomatoes in a molcajete (mortar and pestle). This satisfying, oily dish was relatively low in fat. Avocado was a staple in Latin America, in part because it is a great source of heart-healthy fats and a rich source of vitamins. Despite being a health food, avocados may be too heavy for someone who has difficulty digesting fats, has had their gallbladder removed, or who has a naturally sturdy kapha constitution. While this variation on guacamole still has avocado, it has about half the fat per serving than traditional guacamole, making it a great replacement for those trying to avoid high-fat foods.
The Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Peas
Sweet peas sometimes get a bad reputation for being the sweetest, most non-nutritious member of the legume family. But this couldn't be further from the truth! Sweet peas are among the most easily digestible legumes, making them an ideal source of fiber and protein. This means they can help you stay regular and feel satisfied after meals. They are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which gives them natural cooling properties that soothe your digestion while also offering protection from oxidation damage and certain cancers. In fact, there is some research showing that sweet peas are a good source of omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), both of which are both widely popularized for their health benefits.
In addition, sweet peas are normally very kid-friendly, which can be a blessing if you have a household of picky eaters. So, next time you are short on time for dinner, a bag of frozen sweet peas may just be the quick, easy, healthy side dish you've been seeking!
Whole Foods from the Farm
With modern conveniences and grocery story finds, it is easy to fall into a pattern of reaching for quick, pre-made, or processed foods (even from health food stores) over making things from scratch. However, we don't always know everything that goes into store-bought foods, unhealthy ingredients often hide in these foods without us noticing. A good rule for the health-minded individual that we often use at Joyful Belly is "Does it grow on a farm?" Using this litmus test can help you make quick, on-the-spot decisions about the healthiest food choice at any given time. Having a handful of whole foods recipes that you can make with limited time really makes eating nutritious, homemade meals possible. Sweet Pea & Avocado Guacamole uses only whole food ingredients and takes about five minutes to make if the sweet peas are thawed. If they aren't, you can heat them up quickly on the stove or pour hot water over them to expedite the process. We cannot always eat whole foods and we should not expect perfection from ourselves, but the more whole foods you can eat, the better!
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Sweet Pea Guacamole Good for Me?
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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