What is an avocado?
The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America. Avocados, dubbed the alligator fruit due to their colour and shape, are a nutritious fruit to include in your daily diet. Numerous studies prove that this fruit has powerful beneficial effects on our health.
What are the health benefits of avocados?
Avocados have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that deter you from eating them! They are full of mono-unsaturated fat, which plays a key role in maintaining a healthy heart. This versatile fruit is known for its high nutrient value and can be added to all sorts of dishes, savoury or sweet, due to its mild flavor and rich, creamy texture.
One avocado contains roughly 150 calories, two grams of protein, and up to 15 grams of monounsaturated, heart-healthy fats. They are packed with essentials vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B (aids metabolism), vitamin K (essential to building strong bones and preventing heart disease), and vitamin E (acts as an antioxidant in foods).
How to Prepare an Avocado
Avocados are best stored at room temperature and may take up to 4-5 days to fully ripen. Once the colour turns a deep purple or dark brown hue and yields to gentle pressure with your fingers the avocado is ripe and ready to be eaten or refridgerated.
You can easily include this superfood into your daily diet with these 15 delicious ways to eat avocados:
- Make a raw, Paleo-friendly pasta sauce, such as Creamy Avocado Pasta.
- Substitute for butter or margarine (1:1 ratio) in baked goods or make these delicious Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- Mash and substitute for mayo in sandwiches or burgers.
- Mix into a vinaigrette to add a creamier consistency.
- Make avocado frosting for cupcakes or cakes.
- Garnish with sea salt and sriracha and eat raw with a spoon.
- Make a Chocolate Avocado smoothie morning smoothie.
- Serve at breakfast with this Quinoa Sweet Potato Hash.
- Mash and spread on toast topped with sliced tomatoes and bacon.
- Turn a simple salad into a hearty, filling salad by adding sliced avocado.
- Mix into a rice or quinoa bowl or prepare Tex-Mex Quinoa Burritos.
- Add chunks of avocado to soups to add creaminess and texture.
- Make guacamole and serve with raw veggies and/or nacho chips.
- Prepare a healthy Chocolate Black Bean Avocado Pudding for the kids.
- Make your own baby food by combining avocado with other fruits and veggies.