To put it simply, I. Love. Avocado. Not only have I discovered a new menu item I find delicious, but it is healthy too!
An avocado contains about 10 grams of fiber and 18 essential amino acids. Although high in fat, avocados contain the good-for-you monounsaturated fats, which your body needs to fight off bad cholesterol levels and maintain the good ones.
To get the most nutritional value from avocados avoid ones that are over-ripe. Over-ripe avocados will have dents and feel too soft when you hold them. A ripe avocado shouldn't have any dents and will feel slightly soft when you squeeze it. You can buy unripe avocados, which feel very hard when squeezed, and then allow them to ripen at home. The part of the avocado closest to the skin is the most dense in nutrients, so be sure to scrape the skin clean with a spoon before discarding it!
Here are a few ways I enjoy eating my avocado...Try them out and let me know what you think!
- Fresh tomato, Weight Watchers string cheese, and avocado on Reduced Fat Triscuits - delicious snack or small lunch!
- Avocado on a slice of whole wheat toast with a drizzle of olive oil. (I often add fresh tomato and feta cheese too)
- Diced cucumbers, tomatoes, mozzarella, and avocado tossed with balsamic vinaigrette - makes a yummy salad.
I plan on experimenting with several avocado recipes in the next few weeks!
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare avocado?