Eat More Fruits and Veggies: Link Up!



It took me 35 years to learn to like avocados.  It wasn’t until a friend of mine brought a dip similar to the one below to our Sunday night Bible study that I actually decided that I liked avocados.


Now…I can’t get enough! I order them from Azure Standard all the time!

Avocados are SO good for you. They contain a good healthy fat…vitamin K…vitamin C…potassium…folate…Vitamin B6…fiber…good stuff! 

I’m eating my avocado with tortilla chips…so maybe that’s not the healthiest (because no, a corn chip does not count as a vegetable), but at least I’m getting this good fruit into my system somehow. (BTW, I didn’t know if an avocado was a fruit or a veggie. A quick swagbuck search told me that it was a fruit that tastes like a vegetable. Alrighty then. Oh, and I even earned a swagbuck!)

For the record…this recipe will not only help you along in the Eat More Fruits and Veggies Challenge…it’s also a High Five Recipe. Yippee!

Spicy Avocado DipYum

2 avocados
3/4 cup salsa (more if you want)
juice of one lime or one lemon
½ cup sour cream or kreme fresh

Scoop out the insides of the avocados into a bowl. Add salsa, lime or lemon juice, and sour cream. Stir well until completely mixed. Serve with tortilla chips (we really like the Kettle Brand).

Spicy Avocado Dip

I happen to like this recipe more with lemon juice instead of lime…Matt likes it better with lime. You take your pick. Shucks…add both. Yum!

So…what ideas do you have to inspire us all to eat more fruits and veggies? Share a recipe or a great idea on your blog, then come link up with us here. If you don’t have a blog, please leave a comment sharing a great fruit or veggie idea!

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  1. says

    I love to eat avocado dip with sliced-into- rings bellpeppers of all colors (but i prefer red!) and I also slice avocado, cheese and red bell pepper and eat atop a cracked back pepper triscuit! yummo!!


  2. says

    I love avocados too!! I like them in guacamole or just plain….yummy. They are perfect in a wrap with some grilled chicken, lettuce and tomato.


  3. says

    I LOVE avocados!! Yes siree.

    I made up this salad

    avocados (2 diced with a squeeze of lemon over them)

    cucumbers (peeled? skin removed and seed removed cut into half moons)

    tomatoes (2 diced)

    2 tablespoons of italian dressing.

    gently fold all the ingredients together

    I always add salt and pepper too.


  4. Claudette says

    Raised in the caribbean we do eat a lot of avocado, even in place of butter, but I have been adding an avocado to my Juicer for added smoothness to the other vegetables. Believe it or not, it can substitute yogurt! Much love and great Juices!


  5. says

    :) I thought I hated avocados/guac until I tried Cheesecake Factory’s guacamole! Incredible. The thing I like about it is that it still had nice chunks of avocado in it. I’m not a big fan of mushy foods, so when I make my guac at home (almost exactly like yours!) I keep some of the avocado in chunks and throw in some chopped cilantro too!


  6. Holly says

    I can whip up one amazing salad!

    Throw in some yellow corn
    Chopped bell pepper
    Chopped red onion
    chopped green onion
    Cubed avocado
    cubed cucumber
    toasted pine nuts
    your choice of cheese (feta is to die for)
    toss all in olive oil
    pinch of salt
    dash of pepper

    Throw this mix over a big bowl of mixed greens.

    Yum. I’ve had it for lunch every day for a month now.


  7. says

    I left a link
    for the link-up
    I think.

    Here is an avocado recipe/idea you will have to try! Really, it is awesome. My hubby, who would run screaming from the room if an avocado touched his plate, at this dessert. Of course he didn’t know what ingredients where whipped together. ;-)

    – 2 small ripe avocados (or 1 large)
    – 1/3 cup agave (or honey or brown rice syrup or pure maple syrup)
    – 1/3 cup raw cacao (or carob powder)
    – 1/4 cup water (more or less)

    Place 1st 3 ingredients in food processor or K-tec (or VitaMix) blender. Process. Add water to achieve desired creamy consistency. Refrigerate if you prefer it cold.

    Grab a spoon and yum it up!

    Blessings all.


  8. says

    hubby ATE this dessert…I don’t know how you “at” something! Anyway, he ATE it and he LOVED it, even if his wife employed a bit of food deceit. Love ya, hon.

    You know, go ahead and add a splash-dash (1-2 TBSP) of pure vanilla extract to the above recipe. Or if you like orange & chocolate together, add some food-grade orange essential oil.


  9. says

    I love guac., but tonight for ease’ sake, we just cut up a nice avocado into 1/2 in chunks, and put some into a bowl of fresh salsa…just mixed them right in. It was absolutely delicious! So if you don’t have time to make guac., just chunk them and toss them into the salsa, and enjoy!


  10. CherylH says

    Mmmmm. This recipe sounds a lot like something my daughter does at our fav Mex restaurant. She mixes a serving of guacamole with a serving of Pico de Gallo(sp?), then mixes in a coupla Tbs or so of their cheese dip (made from a Mexican cheese). I’ve tasted it and it’s GREAT! Sadly, after a few bites, she then stirs that up with her rice, beans, and greens and eats it all together with a BIG smile! She loses me there. :-)


  11. Amy says

    I love to make avocado chocolate pudding! Yum! It’s from Deceptively delicious cookbook. Tastes more like rich chocolate icing.

    This sounds good too though. May have to try it soon.


  12. Phelicia says

    I just stumbled on your website and find it absolutely inspiring! I am trying to add more veggies to our diets and got a great recipe from a friend for Spinach and Fruit Smoothies that my kids love! Here it is:

    Take one cup of water and fill your blender to the top with Spinach. Puree it down. Add fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, or any other berries you can think of. If you use fresh berries, I would add a little ice as well. Then I would also add a little sweetner to taste and either a bananna or some yogurt to mask the spinach after taste. My baby sucks this stuff down like it is candy, and so does my 10 year old! Hope you enjoy!


  13. Maria says

    I spread mashed avacado on toasted bread in place of butter or mayo for bacon-lettuce-tomato (and jalapeno) sandwiches.

    I also like sliced avacado on burgers and in salads.


  14. Lisa says

    I made this dip today but mine totally did NOT look like yours in the picture. It wasn’t even green!! Once I added the salsa and sour cream, it is now a light salsa color. And it is much runnier than yours. I measured everything exact too.

    So, how did you get yours to look so green and thick???


    Laura Reply:

    I guess it could be a difference in avocado sizes and salsa thickness. Hopefully it still tasted good!


  15. sol marianne says

    i made avocado as dessert. 2avocados (scoop with spoon) ,3scups milk and 1cup of sugar(u can use any sweetener but i use muscovado sugar!yummy :)


  16. Kim says

    Can’t wait to try it! I’m on an avacado kick! I had a tomato and avacado sandwich today! Yum!


    Kim Reply:

    Whoops :)


  17. Michelle says

    I made this and followed the recipe exactly and it is not green at all, lol! Hopefully it still tastes good!


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