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Dietitian’s Dish – February 18, 2019

Take Heart with Avocados
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes replacing some saturated (unhealthy) fats with unsaturated (healthy) fats to help lower both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.Avocados contain both mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, which are associated with improved blood lipids.

Simple Additions or Swaps

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Breakfast: Lunch: Snack: Dinner:
Top toast with mashed avocado or add slices to a sandwich Swap avocado for mayo or other creamy condiments Add diced avocado to fruit or vegetable salsa and serve with whole grain chips Add atop an entrée or salad for nutrient boost

Omega-3 fats in salmon have known heart health benefits, but the avocado in this recipe adds even more heart protection!

Oven Roasted Salmon with Avocado Citrus Salsa

Oven Roasted Salmon with Avocado Citrus Salsa

1ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
3Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1ripe navel orange, peeled and diced
1/2cup seedless cucumber, diced
1/4cup scallions, finely diced
1jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely diced
2Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2tsp. salt, divided
4skinless salmon fillets (approximately 3 oz. each)

1.In a medium bowl combine avocado, lime juice, orange, cucumber, scallions, jalapeño, cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and set aside.

2.Heat broiler. Season salmon with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and set aside.

3.Arrange fillets on a lightly greased foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

4.Broil salmon 4 inches from heat source until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

5.To serve, place fillets on a platter and top with salsa.