I say avocado, you say guacamole

Mmmmmmm. Avocados.

So good.
So hard to pick a good one at the store.

Am I right?
Not only do they taste good, they are really good for you. Why? 
Glad you asked. 

They contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals that prevent a huge variety of diseases. They help your heart and vision.  Half of an avocado provides approximately 25% of the daily-recommended intake for vitamin K, a nutrient that is often overlooked, but which is essential for bone health. They contain nutrients that can guard against cancer, depression, and other chronic diseases. One-fifth of an avocado contains 64 calories, almost 6 grams of fat, 3.4 grams of carbohydrate, less than a gram of sugar, almost 3 grams of fiber and almost 1 gram of protein.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids.
Although most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, don't shy away! Avocados are full of healthy, beneficial fats that help to keep you full and satiated. When you consume fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite. Eating fat keeps sugar levels in your blood stable.
Fat is essential for every single cell in your body. In fact, over sixty percent of your brain is made of fat. Eating healthy fats supports skin health, enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and may even help boost your immune system.
Fat is not the enemy when you are eating clean foods. Fill up on healthy fats and you will reduce your sugar cravings. Manufacturers often just replace the fat in reduced and fat-free products with sugar.

Tips to picking a great avocado from the store:
Nothing stinks more than getting home with your groceries, ready to make a delicious recipe, only to find that the avocado you bought is all nasty and rotten inside. Sad Face. 

To pick a good one, 1st, check the color. The darker the skin, the more ripe it is. If the skin is dull, pass on by. You want yours to still be just changing from green to darker green/black. And it should still be a little shiny. Remember to consider how quickly you want to eat your avocado. Go greener if you're going to be eating it later in the week. 

2nd, Feel it in the palm of your hand. You want it to give ever so slightly. Be careful not to bruise it with your fingertips when you are feeling it. If it is at all soft or mushy, or have any indentations--pass on by. 

Finally, store your avocados in the fridge! This is a new one for me--I always thought you should keep them on the counter, and then wondered why mine were always nasty. Of course, if they are super unripe (very hard and green) you can speed up ripening by keeping them at room temperature (65 to 70 degrees or so). My house is definitely hotter than that during the summer so I have started keeping them in the fridge and have thrown a lot less away! 

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about avocados here: https://www.avocadocentral.com/

Get a great recipe with avocados here: http://cookieandkate.com/2011/avocado-peach-salsa-recipe/

Cookie & Kate's Photo, not mine.


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