I love avocados! They are just so delicious, but they are also a nutrition powerhouse.
Avocados are a stone fruit, low in sugar and high in fiber. They are high in potassium, low in sodium and high in folate (which helps reduce the risk of heart disease in women.) This is a biggie, folks because heart disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women in this country. That's right, cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, has been the number one killer of females since 2006.
Avocados are low in saturated fat but packed with essential fatty acids, specifically oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat that can help lower cholesterol and protect against breast cancer. The low-fat fad in this country scared people out of eating the fats that are absolutely essential to our bodies. Healthy fats are important for every single system in our bodies including moist, young looking skin. Avocados are so luscious and rich, you'll get all these amazing nutrition benefits as well as fullness and satisfaction!
When I buy avocados, I look specifically Hass from California or Mexico. I always buy one that is close to ripe (shiny, black pebbled skin that yields slightly to pressure but isn't super soft or mushy) so I can eat it within a day or two and several hard ones that still may have some green color to them that will ripen on the counter over the next few days. When they get too soft, I pop them in the fridge so they won't rot. They may darken a bit on the inside but it won't affect the wonderful flavor.
I love them diced in salads but my favorite application is a sandwich or wrap spread like for today's lovely lunch.
Half an avocado spread on a whole grain wrap...
Topped with a big handful of organic mixed greens...
And some boneless, skinless, no salt added salmon sprinkled with some lemon pepper...
All wrapped up and served with fresh fruit. Wish I bought a dozen of these kiwis, they were spectacular!
Click here for a whole list of links to avocado recipes.
What is your favorite avocado application?