- Choose an avocado without bruises or scars.
- Examine the stem end. If the avocado is ripe, you will be able to pull the stem out very easily.
- Hold the avocado in your hand and gently squeeze it. An unripe avocado will feel like a stone. An over-ripe avocado will feel loose under the skin. A ripe avocado will feel the same as if you were to squeeze the palms of your hand
Some of the ways I've been eating avocados lately are:
Hummus or chicken and avocado sandwiches (they are so creamy and make the best addition to any sandwich)
As a main salad ingredient
On top of turkey burgers (copied this from Angie! both the turkey burgers and using avocado as a topping!)
Cut up with tomato and red onion, drizzled in EVOO and white balsamic vinagrette
Smushed up with garlic, minced onion, lime juice, s&p - easy quick simple guacamole
Honestly if you have not tried avocados, you MUST!
Here are some well-known health benefits of avocado for both adults and kids.
- It protects cholesterol related heart diseases. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- It is used both in prevention and treatment of prostate and breast cancers.
- Avocado includes necessary minerals like potassium, calcium, vitamin C and K, folic acid, copper, sodium and dietary fibers.
- Oleic acid in avocado can be used to lower cholesterol level in the blood.
- Potassium in avocado regulates pressure of blood.
- Sodium reduces the risk of high blood pressure and stoke.
- It improves the ability of the body to absorb carotenoids.
- Avocado is used to help people who have sexual problems.
- It is a good antioxidant.
- It can be used in the treatment of skin disorders.
- It is used to heal people who suffer from digestive and circulatory problems.
Here's the nutritional information for one avocado.
To sum it all up.... TRY an AVOCADO today!!