Monday, January 3, 2011

The Truth About Avocados

They are in fact high in fatButWait Keep reading.  It's the good kind.  The monounsaturated fats in avocados are thought to lower the levels of your bad cholesterol and increase your levels of good cholesterol.  Zero sodium & absolutely no cholesterol. 
Looking to increase your fiber intake?  Avocados have about 13 grams for you.   Thought a banana was what you needed for potassium?  Avocados actually have more.

Things I have learned about the avocado

If you want to use it tonight then feel around for a squishy one. (not too squishy!)
If you want to keep it around for more then a couple of days choose a firm but heavy one.  And check for no scars and such on the skin.

Store your avocados out in a "fruit" bowl or on the counter until rippened.  Once they are in the fridge it stops the rippening process.  Which of course means once you have a perfectly ripped avocado put it in the fridge - or better yet - Eat. It.  

If you cannot eat the whole avocado all at once then store it uncut.  I found that this is the best way to not have a brown avocado.  Yuck.  As with many things you can add a squeeze of lemon to your dish with avocado in it to help keep its nice coloring.

For some yummy recipes head over to the Hass website and check out what they have to offer.  They even have a section of kid friendly dishes.  Hello.  Ham & Avocado deviled eggs, count me in.  

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