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Creamy Avocado and Pesto Pasta Dish Recipe

This creamy avocado and pesto pasta dish is all we need this summer!!! This pesto sauce is delicious and I guarantee you'll never make it a different way again! Double recipe for a full pound of pasta.

Creamy Avocado and Pesto Pasta Dish Recipe

For the sauce, throw together a bunch of basil, a little parsley, 1 small ripe avocado, 1 clove garlic, EV olive oil, nutritional yeast (optional), salt, pepper + blend until smooth.

Avocado Nutrition

The avocado, a tree with probable origin in South Central Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado, is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed.

Avocados are considered a “super food” and are rich in various nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are also a good source of (healthy) monounsaturated fatty acids. According to CAC (California Avocado Commission), a medium-sized California Hass avocado contains almost 22.5 grams fat.

Two-thirds of this fat is of the monounsaturated variety, and they are also very low in fructose. Perhaps most importantly, avocados have a unique collection of organic compounds like phytosterols, carotenoids, and flavonoids.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database [5], avocados contain minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. They also have high levels of vitamin A, K, C, E, B6,  thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin (vitamins B1, B2, B3, respectively).

Avocados provide potassium and help balance the potassium to sodium ratio, which is vital for overall health. They are also a good source of energy, as 100 g of avocado provides 160 calories.

Furthermore, they are a great source of dietary fiber, and a single serving can provide more than 40 percent of the daily requirement!

Note: Their high-fat content does make them energy-dense or ‘calorific’ – this means that you need to be aware of how much you consume as it may contribute to weight gain, as is true for any fatty product you may often enjoy.
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