- Avocados promote heart health because they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat which your body needs to reverse or prevent heart disease, high blood pressure or strokes.
- An avocado contains 7.3 grams of fiber. That is more than a serving of most beans so constipation should be a thing of the past if you eat these healing plants.
- Avocados are very high in lutein and zeaxanthin which are both great for your eye health.
Important Avocado Tips…
WHERE TO BUY: I buy avocados at Aldi or the Indian grocery store where they are always the cheapest, but wherever you grocery shop should have them. It is not necessary to buy organic avocados because they are one of the vegetables less likely to be contaminated by pesticides.
HOW TO BUY: When you are deciding which avocado to put into your shopping cart, always remember that green avocados will take up to a week to ripen. An avocado is ripe when it turns brown-green or almost black color and “gives” slightly under pressure. Dark black pretty much screams overripe!
REFRIGERATE IF RIPE: If you happen to have too many ripe avocados on hand, it is best to refrigerate them to slow down the ripening process. I highly recommend eating them within two days. Never slice an avocado before refrigerating because it will begin to turn brown immediately. Some say putting the seed in your storage container will stop the browning but that has not ever worked for me. Lemon juice seems to work better but even then it still turns brown quickly.
I always have a bowl of avocados, each at different ripening stages, sitting on my counter ready to feed my health. Here are a few amazing recipes for you to begin with. They are simple and downright delicious. Or in case you love to dance in the kitchen, here is a more extensive list of avocado recipes for you to enjoy.
Simple Avocado Dip
2 Ripe Avocados
2 Tbsp of organic lemon juice
1 cup cilantro, chopped fine
Himalayan Pink salt, or sea salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1 minute. If you want to add some chopped tomatoes or chopped green onions, that would be extra tasty. Serve on top of your salad or with organic tortilla chips.
2 ripe avocados
2 tbsp of lemon juice
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp pink salt
Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1 minute. Use in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches or in tuna salad or wherever you use mayonnaise.
Espresso Avocado Chocolate Pudding
1 ripe medium avocado
7 tbsp maple syrup
12 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
¼ – ½ tsp instant espresso powder (to taste). You could leave it out if coffee isn’t your thing.
optional: ½ tsp salt
Process all ingredients in your blender into a smooth consistency. Depending on size and ripeness of avocado the consistency can vary slightly. If it seems a bit too runny, add a touch more cocoa powder. If too solid, add more maple syrup.
I like to add hemp seeds, finely chopped almonds or flaked coconut or all three! I also love to freeze this pudding and cut it into ice cream cubes.
Plants can’t heal you if you don’t eat them.
You are amazing, my Friend!