The beautiful, rich, tropical, fruit……yes, it indeed IS a fruit 🙂 !
Mostly served with vegetables, it comes with a smooth, buttery, texture and rich distinctive flavor. Best eaten raw, Avocados can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Add them to a salad, use them as a creamy replacement for mayo or prepare them as a dip that will sure to delight both you & your friends!
Packed with Vitamin K, Fiber, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin C, & Beta-Carotene, they provide a fantastic reason why it should be included in your healthy eating. Proper storage and preparation are keys to enjoying the best flavor and nutritional benefits that Avocados has to offer! Usually, the Avocados found in your local market are often still hard and will need to be ripened after you take them home. Hard Avocados aren’t a sign that the fruit is bad, in fact, unless you are going to be serving them immediately after purchasing, it’s better to buy one that’s still hard, so you can control the ripening process and have one ready when you want to eat it.
While the majority of Avocados’ calories do come from fat, almost two-thirds of the fats they contain are the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocados are a great tasting and nutritious food and, when eaten in moderation, can be an important part of your healthy diet.
I personally, can’t get enough of them! Some folks like to eat them raw, like myself, others prefer to cook them. I’m not too crazy about them after they’re cooked though, they tend to gain a bitter taste after the heating process.
Since I’m all about “Quick n’ Easy” I have one of my favorite Avocado Dip recipes that I’d like to share:
1 medium ripe Avocado
1 tbs. of lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend for 1 minute. Another alternative is you can mash the Avocado with a fork or potato masher and then add ingredients. Serving size: 1-2.
An Avocado a Day Keeps the Hunger Away…..Enjoy!!! 😀