By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director
Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at www.brmh.net/recipes.
Turn Out for These Avocado Events:
Watch WEAU-TV-13 Thurs April 18, 4 p.m. Newscast. “Avocados” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN,CD
BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Avocado Event –April 24, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Avocado Tips & Nutrition
-An avocado has more potassium than a banana. A 1-ounce serving contains 150 mg or 4% of the daily recommended value of potassium.
- Avocados make a great butter substitute in baked goods when used in the right quantities.
- An avocado has more potassium than a banana. A one ounce serving contains 150 mg or 4% of the daily recommended value of potassium.
Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
RECIPE: Avocado Peanut Chocolate Truffles
Healthful fats (avocado) versus heavy cream
PREP TIME: 15 MINS
COOK TIME: 0 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 15 MINS
Makes 18 Truffles
1 ripe avocado
5 oz. dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter (or shredded coconut)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
¼ t. vanilla extract
⅛ t. salt
2½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)
METHOD: Cut avocado, remove pit and mash the flesh with a fork until completely smooth and lump free.
Add to melted chocolate (Melt slowly either the microwave or on the stove; careful not to burn). Stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and half of the cocoa powder. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. Scoop into rounds or form balls with your hands. Roll in the remaining 1 ¼ Tbsp of cocoa powder. DEVOUR! Variations: Substitute 2 Tbsp. fine minced almonds or other nuts for the peanut butter. The word “truffle” originates from the Latin word meaning lump. They resemble gourmet wild mushrooms (truffles).
MORE RECIPES: www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes
Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community.
More at: www.JacksonInAction.org