Bacon, Avocado & Cilantro Salad

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As an athlete, you hear a lot about the big macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. For protein, you hear “Eat a lot of it, and keep it lean.” For carbs, the battle wages on about how much is too much, lo-carb, no-carb, good carb, bad carb. But fats? We don’t hear a lot about those, do we? Sure, the adage is always nuts and oils, right? Coconut oil, olive oil, almonds, peanut butter…

I think making sure you get the right fats, and especially the right amounts of fats is overlooked, especially for the strength lifter. I don’t think it’s enough to eat steak and cook with oil. Lately, I’ve decided I’ve also been neglecting good fats, and despite a daily regimen of coconut oil, olive oil, and 16 fish oil pills a day, I’ve been trying to eat an avocado.

This recipe is a sure-fire way to get some good fat in your diet. And bacon. Every diet always needs more bacon, right? At first bite, I thought to myself, “Is this good?” ¬†As I kept eating, and eating some more, I decided it definitely was. It’s different than anything I’ve ever had before, that’s for sure. It’s perfect alongside pork, chicken, steak, or even salmon for an extra-fatty meal.

What’s your favorite way to get more fat in your diet?

Bacon, Avocado & Cilantro Salad

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Website Avocado with Warm Bacon & Cilantro Dressing
This fantastic side dish combines avocados, bacon, cilantro and lime juice for a unique but delicious and healthy dish. Perfect for lunches or dinners, and can accompany any meat.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados (ripe, but not mushy)
  • 4 pieces bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)

Directions

Step 1
In a medium-sized skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove and set aside to cool.
Step 2
Turn heat to medium-low, and add the garlic, juice of the lime, and sugar. Stir to dissolve and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3
Crumble your bacon and add it to the pan, then add salt and pepper to season.
Step 4
Add cilantro and stir. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little water (no more than 1/4 cup) to thin it out.
Step 5
Turn off heat and set aside.
Step 6
Slice avocados into wedges (1/2" thick or smaller), arrange on a plate, and spoon the warm bacon mixture over them. Serve immediately, or avocados will begin to brown.

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