happy solstice

In honor of the first day of summer, I give you the perfect summer lunch: an avocado with a little lime juice, cilantro, sea salt, and pepper. Grab a spoon and you’re set. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Containing lutein (for healthy eyes), good-for-you fats, dietary fiber, protein, and a nice little collection of vitamins and minerals, it doesn’t have to taste as good as it does.

I got a little spoiled in Los Angeles, where people give you bags of avocados from their backyard trees. Here I actually have to pay $2 or $3 each. Ouch. But I do it because they’re that good. I can’t eat them smashed up, like in guacamole, but aside from just spooning it into my maw, I dice it up for tacos and cut it in strips for sushi. The firm yet creamy texture and lightly sweet flavor seems to act like a bridge for whatever you put with it. It pulls everything together, making it whole.

So today I celebrate summer and I celebrate the avocado.

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