Spotlight on: The Avocado

There always seems to be a trendy new fruit or vegetable being advertised as the best thing next to sliced bread. And the avocado explosion is one healthy trend I’ve been excitedly following. But why are these green, fleshy fruits so good for us? Is all the hype just a bowl of guacamole, or are they truly as nutritious as they are delicious?

It seems the popularity is well deserved. Avocados are full of fiber, vitamins C, K, folate, and B6, and potassium! In fact, a single avocado contains over one-third the day’s recommendation for vitamin C and over half the day’s recommendation for vitamin K. Half an avocado has 160 calories and 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Plus, avocados are easy to prepare and can spiff up many a meal.

Ways to enjoy avocados:

· Guacamole – Try it with whole wheat pita or light tortilla chips

· Cut into wedges and throw on a salad – the creamy texture is great against anything crispy.

· Add a slice to a sandwich instead of mayo – achieve that whipped flavor with a small fraction of the fat and a whole lot of nutrients!

· Add to tacos or tortilla soup – great with anything spicy.

· Cut in half, scoop out the seed, and fill half with black beans and salsa – eat with a spoon for a convenient vegetarian snack. · Feeling adventurous? Make your own avocado sushi rolls. Try brown rice instead of white sticky rice.

Enjoy!

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