Avocados: Healthy, delicious and just ripe for title of favorite fruit
An apple a day may keep the doctor a day, but an avocado a day may be an even better bet.
The Journal of the American Heart Association recently released a study that found eating one avocado a day can replace saturated fatty acids and lower your cholesterol.
The National Institutes of Health notes even more health benefits of avocados, which are packed with fiber, potassium, magnesium, folate, niacin and vitamins A, C, E, K1 and B-6—while still being significantly lower in sugar than other fruit. Including good ol’ apples.
Avocados also are good for your heart and blood pressure, the institutes reports.
Unfortunately, avocados probably are the only fruit that requires every utensil to eat: a knife to cut it open, a spoon to scoop out the innards and a fork to mash it up. That’s a lot of work (and dishes).
Unless, of course, you have a nifty avocado slicer, like this one from Kohl’s (pictured above). This fantastic invention cuts, pits and slices your avocado quickly and without a mess—making our favorite fruit even more appealing.
Another easy way to remove the pit: Stab (gently!) your knife into the pit and just pop it out. Here are some other ways to eat and enjoy avocados and make them a part of your daily routine.
How to pick an avocado
Few kitchen experiences are more disappointing and yucky than opening an avocado and finding a brown, mushy, rotten interior. The trick to picking the perfect avocado: Press gently near the stem tip. If it’s stiff, it’s not yet ripe. If it’s squishy, don’t buy it. If you have to pick between squishy and stiff, pick the latter and let it ripen at home in a brown paper bag on the counter. Another trick: Pop the stem off. If it’s dark brown underneath, it’s too ripe. See a diagram here. Also beware of dented skin and skin when it gets too dark.
Avocado for breakfast
Start your day with an avocado by tossing it in just about any smoothie. It won’t affect the flavor, but it will make your beverage creamier. Use it instead of yogurt, or make toast, smear it with ricotta cheese and top with avocado slices and crushed red pepper. For another variation, try this grapefruit and avocado toast combo.
Avocado for lunch
Avocado for dinner
Avocado for dessert
Make homemade chocolate pudding with only five ingredients, one of which is an avocado. Throw it in the food processor with your cocoa powder and other sweeteners, and your kids will think they’re eating sweet, when really they’re packing in the vitamins, too. They won’t taste or see any green. Promise!
Avocado for a snack
Forget hut, hut, hike this Super Bowl. Your guests will be chanting guac, guac, guac! Here’s our favorite guacamole recipe. The trick: combining lime juice, garlic powder, cilantro and adding a kick with jalapeno pepper. In a hurry? This “lazy guacamole” is simple and inexpensive: just lime, garlic, avocado. Simple and pure. Because why mess with perfection?