Alright, today we are going to talk about AVOCADOS! I know you know what an avocado is, or maybe you don't and if not refer to the pictures above. Between instagram and pinterest and tumlbr; avocados are like a HUGE deal to people. I don't think many pictures go by where I don't see someone eating something that has avocados in it.  I will be honest with you, I am not a huge fan of guacamole (had a bad experience) but if someone was to make it, I would give it go again as long as they promised me it tasted amazing this time round. Since my bad experience, I have been missing out on something that serves as one of the "healthiest" foods.  I have decided to share with all of you what I have been missing out on and give you the scoop on what all there is to know about avocados and why people are going crazy for them. I will mention, that I at some point will be making my own guacamole or will eat an avocado for the first time in many, many, many years.  I have not given up on them, yet. 

 

The Avocado legend

 
  • An avocado is a tree native to South Central Mexico
  • It is a fruit
  • There are a variety of avocados that exist, depending on your location
  • Contain more potassium than bananas
  • Loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids
  • have tons of fiber
  • Eating avocados have been said to lower cholesterol 
  • contains lutein (good for your eyes)
  • good source of vitamin B (help you fight off disease and infection)
  • low in sugar
  • Are high in fat (good fats) as long as you eat them in moderation
  • Avocados have a lot of calories (serving size is usually 1/5 of a medium avocado)
  • store avocados at room temperature (take 4-5 days to ripen)
  • when the outside skin is black or dark purple & yield to gentle pressure; they are ready to eat or refrigerate

Ways to eat avocados

  • cut it in half and eat half of the avocado with seasonings
  • as a spread
  • guacamole/avocado dip
  • avocado salad
  • avocado sandwiches and burgers

Everyone probably knows this, but make sure to always wash your avocados when they are being used, even if you plan on peeling off the skin.  There is a certain way to cut/peel/take out the seed,

 

Also if it is your first time buying avocados, you need to know what to look for, so that you pick out a ripe one, unless you are planning an event and need one that is not ripe. Here is a link to give people like myself who have never had to shop for one: https://www.avocadocentral.com/how-to/how-to-pick-how-to-buy-avocados

 

Finally, for those of you who may not know how to make guacamole and want a recipe, I found one for you & one that I may be using myself when I decide to make my first guacamole: https://www.avocadocentral.com/how-to/how-to-make-guacamole

 

If there is anyone else who is not a fan of guacamole, let me know. If you love guacamole, share some recipes with us, and tips/tricks.  I would love to hear from you. 

 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

 
 

Published by Shay-Lon Moss