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High in potassium and low in salt, avocados may help reduce blood pressure and the risk of stroke. Ounce for ounce, an avocado contains 30 percent more potassium than a banana, a dietary staple for many people with high blood pressure. Make a variation of the ever-popular guacamoleÿ dip by adding in split peas!
1 cup dried split peas 3 cups water Juice of 1 lime 2 ripe avocados cut in half, pit removed 1 clove garlic minced 1 tbsp diced jalapeno 3 tbsp diced red onion 3/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro salt and black pepper, to taste Tortilla chips, for serving
Rinse the split peas and place in a small pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Drain excess water if necessary. Transfer the split pea mixture to a food processor or blender. Add the lime juice and puree until creamy. Transfer the pea mixture to a bowl and let cool. Scoop out the avocado flesh and place in a large bowl. Smash the avocados with a fork and stir in the split peas mixture, garlic, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.