Try This Easy, Delicious Whole Grain Dish!

Want to inspire your family to eat more whole grains like quinoa, wild rice, barley and wheat berries? Combining favorite ingredients like creamy California Avocados, crunchy nuts and colorful veggies with less familiar whole grains is a delicious way to entice more whole grain consumption. Also, by incorporating California Avocados into your meal, you will be able to increase its nutritional value. Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial nutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.

California Avocado farmers produce one of the most flavorful and nutrient-rich culinary delights that you can enjoy. Incorporating California Avocados into your meals adds a delicious and creamy texture, along with nutritional benefits. The fruit has been identified as contributing 11 beneficial carotenoids to one’s diet, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and alpha- and beta-carotene. Carotenoids are highly colored plant pigments that provide potent antioxidant and immune enhancing properties.

Lutein is an important carotenoid that may help your eyes stay healthy while also maintaining your skin. It provides nutritional support to your eyes and skin and has been linked to reducing the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older.

In California Avocados, the greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado closest to the peel. To get to the nutrient-rich fruit directly under the peel of a California Avocado, one should nick and peel the skin like a banana.

For a quick grain-based dish with California Avocados, try combining quinoa, a protein-rich whole grain, with a medley of creamy avocado, crunchy cucumbers, fresh cilantro, sweet corn and lime vinaigrette.

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