The Amazing Avocado


Amazing AvocadoAvocados are great food to incorporate into your diet, especially if you want to lose weight and eat healthier.  They are delicious, nutritious and so easy to add into any meal or snack.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Avocados have a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients with few calories. One fifth an avocado (1 oz. serving) has 20 vitamins and minerals, less than 1 gram of sugar,  at only 50 calories.  Over 75% of the fat in avocado is unsaturated (the healthy kind) that will help fill you up.

Avocados make a great baby food due to it’s health benefits and the smooth, creamy texture.  The unsaturated fat used in the development of the Central Nervous System and brain is very important for babies.

HOW DO I INCORPORTATE AVOCADOS INTO MY DIET?

I love them on my sandwiches and wraps. I use avocado in place of mayo.  They are a healthy alternative to the empty calories and fat in lots of sandwich spreads.  I also like to slice them and eat them along side my scrambled eggs in the morning.  One of my favorite snacks is a homemade guacamole.  I smash the avocado into salsa.  There are so many versatile ways you can eat them and tons of great recipes.
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27WHEN IS MY AVOCADO RIPE?

When you buy avocados you can buy them at different stages.  The green ones will be firm and will be ready in approximately 3-4 days.  If you purchase an avocado with some spots it is a little further along and will be ready in 2-3 days.  The black ones that are a little less firm but not mushy, are ready to eat now.  I like to buy some at different stages so I have some for the next week or so.  If you want to speed up the ripening of an avocado leave it out on the counter.  You can also put in in a paper sack to speed up the ripening. Avocados that are ready to eat should be kept refrigerated.

PREPARATION

Cut the avocado down the middle.  Remove the seed and scoop out the middle or peel the skin away to slice up nicely for salads.  If you are only using part of the avocado keep the seed in the half that you are going to use later and wrap tightly in saran wrap to avoid oxidation.

Check out these healthy recipes that include avocados.

http://debgress.com/june-healthy-recipes-1/

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Visit www.DebGress.com/recipes/ for more healthy recipes!