How I Get My Omega 3

My three-year-old niece claims to make the best guacamole. I did not believe it. I believe she makes the best mud pies. I believe she makes the best mess. But guacamole? I had to see it for myself. I watched as she squeezed limes with her tiny hands, and shook garlic salt into the bowl. (My sister did the cutting – safety first!) She made it with such care and joy. This is how all food should be prepared.

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Then it was time for the taste test. I have to confess, I’m not a big fan of avocado. Yes, not even in guacamole. But I’m working on it. I am a long-time picky eater.  I know this can cause me to miss out on important nutrients. I’m very focused on Omega 3 fatty acids right now. They are healthy unsaturated fats that are super good for you. Omega 3 fatty acids are linked to reduced inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a marker of certain diseases like heart disease. (1), (2).  Food sources include fatty fish (don’t eat at all), nuts (only eat a little), olive oil, and avocado.  So far, I’ve only found two types of guacamole that I actually like. My friend makes one and a local restaurant makes the other. The chances of me liking a three-year-old’s guacamole is slim.

So, back to the taste test. I dug my chip deep into the guacamole and…it really was the best! I was shocked. I loved it. I went home and tried to copy it. Here’s the real surprise: it’s only three ingredients. Maybe the simple ingredients are what makes it so good? Maybe it’s the joy she poured into it? Either way, it now my go-to for a quick and easy source of Omega 3.

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Guacamole:

Avocado – as many as you like

Lime juice – to taste

Garlic salt – to taste

Cut avocado in half. Remove seed. Remove fruit from peel. Add lime juice and garlic salt to taste. Mash together.

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