A Simple Summer & the Fruit that Packs a Nutritional Punch + Video

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A summer of simplicity is what I wanted. No schedules, no camps, limited hard set appointments… Just catching up with friends and of course my family were high on the priority list. This summer is my summer of intention. It’s the summer of simplicity. Fall schedules go into effect right after Labor Day and then we get right back into the hustle and bustle of life. If we’re not careful, joy and spontaneity is easily robbed by schedules and futurism.

What kind of summer is that?

Part of living this summer in simplicity is a focus on simple real foods. The kind of foods that fill you up but don’t fill you out. The kind of foods that nourish and don’t deplete. The kinds of food that can easily be enjoyed on their own or embraced as part of a more thought out well prepared dish. One of those foods is avocados.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved avocados.
Consistency: The avocado’s smooth creamy consistency and mild taste make it one one of the first fruits that a child can enjoy.

Yes, avocado is a fruit. Are you surprised?

Not only do avocados taste good but, the nutrition profile is the kind that great superfoods are made of.
Nutrient Density: Avocados contribute nearly 20 nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and phytonutrients, that are important to infant and toddler nutrition.

A 50 gram serving or 1/3 of a medium avocado, is packed with good fats, vitamin E, potassium and 2% of the daily value of iron.

Why do you think I love them so much?

I recently invited some friends over so we could have an avocado tasting and here’s what happened…From one to forty, the avocados were a hit!

The gathering was a great time to check out some new avocado recipe cards that I wanted to try. There were so many recipes to choose from. I narrowed it down to these crowd-pleasers. These recipes would also work well for Labor Day weekend.

Vegan Avocado Ceviche

Kid Approved Chicken and Bacon Avocado Wraps

Avocado and Mango Kick Starter Smoothie

Chipotle Avocado Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

You can snag the recipes from the Love One Today website.

All the recipes were delicious but, the kids’ favorite was the avocado stuffed cherry tomatoes. They popped those things in their mouths so fast.

My friend’s husband even shared how it wasn’t until recently, that he started to appreciate and incorporate avocados into his diet after listening to a health study on a news broadcast. The kids loved listening to him talk about how even adults need to try new foods too. It really was a 360 moment.

After our tummies were filled, we headed outside to the garden where I tried to convince a certain little explorer that my tomatoes needed to linger a little longer.

Meanwhile, the older kids frolicked in their swimsuits under the warm summer sun.

After all, these kids won’t be little forever.

It won’t be long before I’m writing about a stretched scheduled summer. Stay tuned…

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