I love avocados. I put 1/2 of one in my green smoothie every morning and make guacamole with it all the time.
But when the experts call avocados a “superfood”, they aren’t kidding.
There’s a long list of reasons why this fruit is good for you, and it’s delicious too!
Avocados are one of our most versatile foods.
They can be:
- eaten on their own or mixed into salads
- used as toppings for chicken, fish, eggs and more
- used to make sauces and dressings
- used as a substitute for bad fats in baked goods
Avocados are available year round and are a good addition to your daily diet, but you need to be careful.
They can be a great weight loss tool but you want to enjoy them in moderation. Don’t eat too much of this very good thing or you can end up working against your weight loss goals.
But, Aren’t Avocados Too High in Fat?
Yes, avocados are high in fat, but the fat that they contain is the “good kind.”
They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce cholesterol and cut the risk of heart disease. Each cup of avocado contains about 3 grams of protein and very little sugar. It also is high in vitamins K, vitamin B5, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
Besides being good for your heart, avocados are healthy in many other ways.
- They reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar.
- They control blood pressure, improve vision and strengthen the immune system.
- Their high fiber keeps your digestive system on track and keep you feeling full longer.
- Plus, the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin E that they contain are excellent for your skin.
How Can I Tell If My Avocado is Ripe?
Have you ever cut into an avocado and found it too hard or overly ripe? So disappointing! You can tell when an avocado is ready to eat when it is a little bit soft, but doesn’t have any sunken spots or cracks.
Some people peel back the stem to see if an avocado has gone bad. If you pull off the stem and see green, it is ripe.
If you can’t pull it off, it isn’t ready.
Pull it off and see brown, then put it back – it is going to have rotten spots.
How Can I Keep them Fresh Longer?
You can keep your avocados on the counter if you’re going to use them soon. If not, then store them in the refrigerator. The cold air will stop the ripening process.
A Word of Avocado Caution
Avocados can be a great help for your diet. Using it as a healthy fat can keep you feeling full longer and stave off hunger.
I’m not one to count calories, but it’s important to note that avocados are calorically dense foods. Use it to replace other fats, and keep your intake to about half to three quarters of one per day.
What’s the Healthiest Part to Eat?
The healthiest part of an avocado is the area that’s just under the skin. Make sure that you get to that part of the flesh by peeling the skin off rather than scooping it out.
You can use avocado as a substitute for butter when baking, add it to a smoothie, or use it in place of fats in salad dressings or pasta sauces.
Keep your eyes open for a healthy salad recipe on Thursday that makes the most of avocado’s delicious flavor and creaminess!
Yours in Health,