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Avocado Love!

Shhhh! Don’t tell but I’m having a love affair with avocados! It feels perfectly natural that I love a fruit that loves me back! Actually, It’s not a big secret in our home that I love avocados. I buy them by the bagful and keep them front and center on our kitchen island ready for my heart’s devotion.

Maybe others don’t see the depth of avocados. They may think avocados are only good in guacamole! No No I love them morning, noon and night. Try them on toast, in salad, in pasta, smoothies, soups and so much more! The avocado has a silky smooth texture that I adore adding to all sorts of recipes. It’s full of surprises and delights that make my heart sing…literally.

Let me count the ways my avocado loves me back!

  1. Nutrient Dense:  One third of an avocado is 160 calories with over 20 different vital vitamins and minerals.
  2. Potassium Powerhouse:  Avocados are even more potassium-rich than bananas. Consuming enough potassium helps lower blood pressure, lowering the risk for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
  3. Loaded with Fiber: A serving of avocado has 7 grams of fiber, which is over 25% of the Recommended Daily Allowance. Fiber helps maintain a healthy gut environment, benefitting digestion. Plus, fiber makes you feel fuller longer, assisting in weight control.
  4. High in Healthy Fats: There are good fats and there are bad fats, but my lovely avocado is all about the ”good” fats that help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.  Like olive oil, most of the fat in avocados is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. Avocados have even been certified by the American Heart Association as heart-healthy.

Tips for Avocado Lovers:

  • Choose a variety of ripeness when buying avocados . Avoid those with soft spots or flat areas indicating it’s already too ripe. Look for firm well-formed fruits.
  • Check under the stem. If it is brown it is already overripe. Pick those with a yellow-green color under the stem.
  • Ripen on counter for 4-5 days. Use slight pressure to test if ready to eat.
  • Ripen quicker by placing in paper bag with a banana or apple.
  • Avocados can be stored in the refrigerator for slower ripening.
  • Already ripe avocados should go in the fridge and can be added to recipes such as smoothies and salad dressings.
  • Cutting an avocado is easy.  Watch this video for tips.
  • If you cut an avocado and it isn’t ready, sprinkle with lemon juice, put the halves back together, wrap in plastic wrap and store until it is ready.
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