It seems that every health magazine or website is advertising the newest superfoods. I can see how it would be hard to keep them all straight seeing as they change from month to month. But one superfood that has stood the test of time is the avocado.
Avocados are a great heart healthy option, showing to improve blood cholesterol levels and decrease risk of heart disease. They contain monounsaturated fats (the healthy kind) and are filled with vitamins such as Vitamin E, C and B6. They also pack in more potassium than a banana!
How to choose a ripe avocado:
Pay more attention to the firmness of an avocado rather than the color as color can sometimes be deceiving. Simply, place the avocado in the palm of your hand and give it a light squeeze. If the avocado feels rock hard in your hand, then it is not ripe. If it squishes and feels mushy, then it is too ripe. The avocado should just give a little when squeezed, but still maintain it’s form. It should be without sunken dark spots. Also, if you can easily remove the stem on the top of the avocado and there is green underneath, it is ripe.
How to cut an avocado:
- Thoroughly wash the avocado.
- Place the avocado lengthwise on a cutting board.
- Holding the top of the avocado, slice it horizontally down the center, cutting around the pit.
- Pull the two halves apart and spoon out the pit.
Tips for incorporating more avocados:
- Make guacamole and instead of chips, dip with raw veggies
- Substitute avocado for your sandwich condiments
- Cut up and add to any salad
- find a great salad dressing recipe that calls for avocados
- sprinkle on some lemon juice and olive oil and put avocado halves on the grill
- add a spoonful or two to your morning shake