Avocado

As you probably could guess from my past few posts I have recently become addicted to Avocados. I just cannot get enough of that smooth, silky texture. So today I thought I would provide you with some nutrient stats that prove just how awesome the avocado is.

ganze und halbe avocado isoliert auf weiss

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Avocados contain:

– Monounsaturated Fats which are heart healthy fats that help to lower cholesterol

– Vitamin K which is a vitamin important for blood clotting

– Folate which promotes cell and tissue growth

– Potassium which is essential for many cell functions

-Vitamin E which is an antioxidant

– Lutein which is also an antioxidant

-Magnesium which is also essential for many cell functions

-Vitamin C which is, again, also an antioxidant

-Vitamin B6 which helps the immune system to keep us healthy

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Avocados really are an all-star food, however since they do contain fat they should be eaten in moderation.  However, when you do eat avocados there are sooo many recipes they can be added to: sandwiches, burgers, eggs, pizza, salad, smoothies, brownies, pasta, tuna, burritos, etc. If you have never tried an avocado, I highly recommend going to the store and buying one! To buy a good avocado it should be firm, and then you need to let it ripen at home on the counter for a day or two. Placing it in a brown paper bag can speed up the ripening process. When it’s ripe it should be a little soft, but not “squishy”. If you want to use the avocado on the same day that you buy them, make sure you buy one that is already soft. Sometimes the grocery store will place a sticker that says ripe on the ones that are ready to eat. But I encourage you to go out and buy one, and join the avocado bandwagon 🙂

What’s your favorite way to eat an avocado?

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