Did you know that avocados have many health benefits? I hear people say they don't eat them because they are fattening. But there are different kinds of fat and avocados have the "good" kind. The average avocado has 300 calories and 30 grams of HEALTHY polyunsaturated and monosaturated fat. These little nuggets of goodness also have the highest protein content of any fruit. Yes, they are considered a fruit! And if that weren't enough, they contain more potassium than bananas.
Once an avocado is picked, it takes about 7-10 days to ripen. For best results, don't store in the refrigerator as it will slow down the ripening process. If you have one that is still hard and you can't wait to eat it, put it in a paper bag along with a ripe apple, banana or tomato. The ethylene gas in the other fruit will cause your avocado to ripen in 24 hours. How cool is that?
Here are a few health benefits of avocados:
Guacamole (of course!)
On my salad
On any kind of taco, sandwich or lettuce wrap
With eggs...It might sound strange, but it's a great combination
Cut it in half, put a little seasoning or Sriracha sauce on it and dig in!
Add to a smoothie to make it silky smooth and creamy
So stop worrying about the fat in avocados...they are good for you so enjoy them often!
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