When it comes to eating more real foods, I find so many women skip over what is arguably THE most important switch you can make (ok, maybe next to cutting out refined sugar like high fructose corn syrup)- and that's ensuring your diet is packed with healthy fats. Fats are the most energy dense nutrient, and for many of us, they supply a huge portion of the energy (calories) we consume daily. So why waste all that energy on fats that are harming? Refined seed oils like canola, safflower, corn, soy and peanut all contain a significant amount of omega-6 fatty acids, which, though essential, we have an overabundance of in our food supply; meaning we consume far more omega-6 than it's counterpart, omega-3, and when these levels are imbalanced, it causes serious inflammation in our body (and inflammation, as most of us know, is the root cause of all disease). The more inflammation we have= the more likely we are to develop chronic diseases, hold onto extra body fat and simply feel run down on a daily basis. So being mindful of the fats in the food we eat is one of THE best things you can do for your health. Which brings me to one of my most often prepped homemade item- avocado oil mayonnaise.
I love me some mayonnaise. I know many of you do, too. A creamy chicken salad, a thick ranch dressing, or spread on some sprouted grain toast for a hearty sandwich, mayo is a staple in many of our kitchens. Unfortunately, most mayonnaise is made with a base of soybean oil- canola, perhaps, (even the so-called olive oil mayos are usually in a base of these- check your labels!!), which makes it a less-than-stellar choice (not because of the fat content, mind you- because of the TYPE of fats). Thankfully, there are some awesome companies that have come out with healthier fat mayos, like Primal Kitchen and Sir Kensingtons. We purchase these often- but the downside is, they're pretty expensive and not always the easiest to find (unless you buy them via Thrive Market).
What we like to do so we can enjoy mayo on the regular? Make it homemade! It's easier than you might think. All you need is a decent food processor (and a decent food processor is about $20 on Amazon- it will serve you well!) and a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home. Try it with your next meal prep-- you can thank me later. ;) Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
1 whole egg 1 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 1 tsp mustard (optional) pinch sea salt ~1-2 cups avocado oil 1. In a food processor, combine egg, lemon juice or vinegar, mustard if using and pinch of sea salt. Process until well combined.
2. Letting machine run, start with 1 drop (yes, ONE DROP) at a time, add avocado oil into mixture. Once a few drops have been incorporated, continue adding at a very light stream.
3. If mixture is not combining, let processor run for 10-20 seconds before incorporating more.
4. Once mixture begins to thicken, you may increase the stream at which you add oil until mayonnaise reaches desired consistency. Season to taste.
Keeps in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Share with us-- what will you use your homemade avocado oil mayonnaise for??