Favorite Foods: Avocado

I didn’t grow up eating avocados and was probably in my late 20s when I decided to give one a try. Now, avocados are an everyday food for my family, sometimes making it difficult to keep ripe ones stocked in the fridge. It’s one of those foods that never gets deleted from the grocery list because we always seem to be running low. Their creamy flavor is versatile and goes well with so many foods!

Why you should eat them:

Avocado is a fruit loaded with monounsaturated fats, fiber and many vitamins and minerals (vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin E, Magnesium to name a few). It has the same type of fat found in olive oil, known as oleic acid, which has hearty healthy benefits. Avocados are high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are beneficial to eye health. Adding avocado to salads helps your body absorb fat soluble vitamins and carotenoids.

Ways to eat Avocado:

The most famous use of the avocado is guacamole. Add tomato, salt and a little lime juice for a tasty dip.

Some people, including my daughter, will eat it plain.

Diced or sliced avocado can be used as a topping for a baked potato, chili, tortilla soup, or burgers.

A breakfast food such as avocado toast, or added to eggs and omelets

Added to Mexican food like tacos, quesadillas, nachos or burritos

You can find avocado in a sushi roll or used as a sandwich spread.

You can also blend it and mix it in with hummus, add it to a smoothie, or use it as a replacement for butter or oil in baked desserts.

What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

More favorite foods posts to come as I highlight my favorite nutrient dense foods, why you should add them in and ideas on how to do so.  Have a great weekend!

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