Avocados are one of those foods that healthy people and no so healthy people love to eat. So it’s great for our Eating Healthy for Beginners series.
Here is some of the basic information we talk about in the video.
How to Know When an Avocado is Ripe
An avocado is ripe when it has turned black instead of green. Unripe avocados will be hard. A ripe avocado will give a little when gently pressed. If the skin is cracking or seems like there might be mushy spots then it is likely over-ripe.
Great Ways to Use Avocados
As a Mayonnaise: avocados are creamy and don’t have a very strong taste. If you’d like a substitute for mayo (which generally has horrible canola oil in it), try avocado. You can make it a bit looser by mixing it with olive oil but that’s usually not necessary.
Avocado Spread: Mash avocado and mix it with a tbsp or 2 of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add some lemon juice (try 1/4 of a lemon to start) and mix it all together. You’ve got a great spread!
Use the spread on toast or a cracker. Yum.
Guacamole: for easy guacamole, mash the avocado and add the juice of half a lemon or lime, 2 tbsp of salsa, salt and pepper. Additional spices you can add in are paprika, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper or chili.
Baby food: a great baby food is mashed avocado or moving up a step, mashed banana and avocado. A favourite of many babies and quick to make.
Health Benefits of Avocados
There has been a lot of research on avocados it shows great things! There’s a reason why avocados are considered a superfood. Avocado are high in healthy fats. They are high in vitamin k, folate, a good amount of fiber and vitamin C.
Potassium is something most people don’t get enough of and avocados actually have more potassium than bananas. Avocados and olive oil share the fact that they are high in monounsaturated oleic acid. This is a fatty acid believed to be good for your heart.
When you combine avocado with other veggies (like dipping them into an avocado spread), the avocado increases the amount on antioxidants you can absorb. Some of these antioxidants are very good for your eyes.
Avocados are also great for weight loss. This is because they are high in fiber, low in carbs and a real food.
There are lots of reasons to enjoy an avocado. Hopefully they are in season where you are so you can go out and give one a try!