Avocado

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Avocado

The avocado is known as the alligator pear, because of its shape and green, scaly skin. Apart from tasting great, avocados come with many health benefits.

Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat and only 2 grams saturated fat. One avocado contains more than one-third of the daily value of vitamin C and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.

Avoid browning in avocados

To reduce oxidation (browning) of an already-sliced avocado, sprinkle lemon juice on the exposed flesh and then refrigerate in a plastic bag.

Ripen your avocados faster

To speed up the avocado ripening process, place unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days until they are ripe.

Ready to add more avocado to your diet?

Here are some easy ways to add avocado to foods you are already eating:

  • Use avocado as a spread on sandwiches
  • Make guacamole
  • Add to a smoothie
  • Slice and add to a salad
  • Dice and scramble with eggs
  • Use as a “fat” substitute in baking

Recipe

Simple guacamole

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/2 purple onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lime
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
 
Directions:
In large bowl, mash avocado. Add tomato, onion, olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Stir together.

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