Most of us hit up fad diets come Summer time. These are usually unhealthy and ineffective. We reached out to Monica Bearden, R.D. for a healthy, yet delicious Summer Recipe. Monica has a passion for food and health, and works to motivate her audiences to make healthier lifestyle changes.
Monica told us that “Summer cooking is about fresh ingredients and healthy recipes that are quick and easy. Monica Bearden’s new cookbook Don’t Break Your Heart features just that!”
Monica has extensive research experience in plant-based science and spent years working with consumers to reach their health goals. Monica is often on air on National Public Radio and local radio stations. She has written articles for the Journal of the American Diabetic Association, American Journal of Medicine and Sports, and Today’s Dietitian.
Monica is part owner of NutCom, a health and wellness consulting firm, where she partners with food organizations to communicate health and wellness messages and launch nutritious and healthier food options for consumers.
Monica’s Edamame Avocado Dip is perfect for impromptu gatherings, as it takes mere minutes to prepare. Pair the protein-packed dip with your favorite veggies or crackers, or use it as a spread on grilled chicken breasts.
- 1 ½ cups (375 ml) frozen edamame, shelled
- ¼ avocado, peeled and pit removed
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pimentoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) water
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) sea salt
- Puree all ingredients using either a food processor or a handheld blender.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container.