ahhhh-vocados………

Now here is a little gem that packs a nutritional punch!  An avocado is actually a fruit, not a vegetable, and it is sometimes called, “green butter.”  (with that in mind, how about smearing a little on your toast, adding salt and pepper to replace your artery clogging butter?)

A true “superfood”, it’s creamy, green flesh is packed with nutrients that keep the skin looking young and the heart strong.

I know what you are thinking and yes,  they have a high fat content, but  it’s a monounsaturated fat (also found in olives, nuts and seeds) which helps to lower blood cholesterol.  This sweet little pear-shaped fruit is also high in potassium,  which makes it an anti-stroke food.

Avocados are also a great source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and potassium!  And did you know that they have 60% more potassium than bananas?  That’s huge!

As we get older we need more protection to the insides and outsides of our bodies.  Avocados are rich in lutein, which protects your eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.   These little beauties also carry some fat soluable nutrients that are essential for the health of all our fatty body parts, like the skin, eyes, heart, brain and liver.  (Just don’t go overboard or it will increase your visible fatty body parts!)

A medium Haas avocado has 227 calories and 21 grams of fat, which is mostly monounsaturated.   Their texture makes them the perfect alternative to more sugary bananas when used in smoothies.  Once they are mixed with other fruits, the fat content of the avocado will slow down the release of the sugars from the fruit which is beneficial for all of us!

Now, how about a delicious Avocado-Shrimp Salsa?  Yumm!!

1/2 lb. medium shrimp (about 20) peeled and cooked

2 small avocados, peeled and coarsely chopped

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 Tbsp.  red onion, minced

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Coarse salt to taste

Baked tortilla chips

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Toss gently to mix;  let stand 5-10 minutes and serve at room temperature!  (recipe from The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating)

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6 responses to “ahhhh-vocados………

  1. Aren’t we so fortunate to have them so inexpensively available to us! 🙂 Debra

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  2. They are also very available here in Australia and thanks to your post Sandi I now know a few more tips about this nutritious food. I had no idea they were classified as an anti-stroke food…. this is great news… thank you for sharing!
    Sandy 🙂

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  3. I LOVE avocados and love that they’re so good for you! And that recipe sounds delish — muchas gracias, chica!!

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