Ahhhhh….the avocado. It’s one of my most favorite foods not only because of it’s creamy texture, smooth taste and subtle, buttery flavor but also because of it’s amazing amount of nutrients. Did you know that avocados are actually a fruit, popularly referred to as an alligator pear because of its shape and rough skin?! Known as nature’s butter, avocados come in a wide range of colors and sizes. It is native to Mexico, South and Central America but also grown in sunny California and Florida.
I am completely obsessed and make sure to have some almost every day. But so is the rest of the world. On SuperBowl Sunday, Americans eat about over 50 million pounds of guacamole. Guess all this avocado love is mutual, huh?
But what makes avocados a superfood?
To give you a brief summary, here is a quick breakdown:
Avocados contain more protein than any other fruit and are a great meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans.
It contains monounsaturated fat, the “good fat” which improves cholesterol, controls blood pressure and decreases risk of heart disease.
Avocados are packed with slue of vitamins and minerals: lots of vitamin E (avocados are the best fruit source), A, B6, C , K – all of which protect human cells plus potassium (more than bananas), iron, calcium, and folate (the plant source of folic acid that is essential in preventing birth defects).
These guys are also beneficial in slowing down the aging process. Avocado is added to many cosmetics because it nourishes the skin and helps it glow. It also aids in treating psoriasis, a skin disease that causes skin redness and irritation.
Avocados boost immune systems and encourages a healthy nervous system.
They disable free radicals and prevent certain cancers, especially of the breast, prostate and mouth. It has also been shown that they lessen the side effects of chemotherapy.
Avocados are one of the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedies.
Plus, they increase the body’s absorption of others nutrients, especially those found in other fruits and veggies. So add to your salad!
Avocados were known as “testicle fruit” (I know, I know) to the ancient people of Central and South America and has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac.
AND they have one of the highest fiber content which is essential for optimal digestion. Keep those pipes moving 🙂
When to buy:
It is best to buy an avocado when it it firm and let it ripen for a few days before eating. Give it a gentle squeeze and if it’s a little soft, then it’s ready! To reduce browning of an already-sliced avocado, sprinkle lemon juice on the exposed flesh and then refrigerate in a plastic bag.
Please keep in mind that due to the fruit’s high-fat and calorie content (roughly 85% of the avocado’s calories come from fat, 30 grams total), most experts recommend consuming no more than half of a whole avocado per day.
How to eat:
The easiest way is to cut the avocado in half and scoop it right out of the skin. My fav!
Chop the avocado and add it to a salad, or use it as a topping or side garnish for soup.
Mash an avocado and spread it on bread or toast in place of butter or cream cheese.
Cut an avocado in half and fill the little hole (left after you remove the pit) with your favorite healthy topping such as rice or quinoa.
Make an avocado dressing or guacamole dip to add flavor to raw or steamed vegetables.
Have you tried avocado pudding? Check out this super quick and easy recipe:
Combine 2 ripe avocados, 1/4 cup cacao powder, 1/2 cup non-dairy milk like hemp, almond or coconut, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or othersweetener of your choice. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately or chill first. Smile and enjoy 🙂
How about a avocado smoothie?
Combine 8 ounces of pure, clean filtered water, handful of baby spinach, 1 ripe avocado, 1/2 banana, 1/2 lime and handful of ice. Blend until thoroughly mixed. Pour in a funky glass. Squeeze some lime on top. Sip and savor 🙂
Do you like avocados as much as I do?
What is your favorite way to eat this superfood fruit?
Please comment and share below!