It’s hot outside.  What not a better way to cool off and refresh ourselves with the help of fresh fruits and vegetables?

Throughout the month of August, I will showcase a fruit or vegetable that starts with the letter “A”.  I’ll give you the nuts and bolts about the food’s nutrition and provide a tasty recipe.  Its a fun little exercise to do with the kids, to see how many foods they can think of that start with the letter “A” and then “B” and so on.  And, with a little hope, maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new food along the way!!

Let’s start with the Avocado.

Look at this tasty recipe from the California Avocado Commission

What’s not a better way to compliment the avocado than with some mango and lime?

Kids Kitchen Konnection:  Serve this as an appetizer while dinner is still cooking and the kids are begging for food.  Healthy fruits like these can make a great to start to a healthy dinner!

Avocados are loaded with good nutrition!

Providing nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.

Reference: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18 (2005) and FDA Food Labeling Guidelines for Voluntary Nutrition Labeling of Raw Fruits, Vegetable and Fish (Vol. 71, No. 159); Appendix C to Part