New Healthy Food #4
Monday, Feb 14, 2011
After a quick trip to Greece for Greek yogurt, let's head back to South and Central America to try avocados. When you first look at these bumpy, green-skinned fruits, it is hard to imagine that inside it contains a slightly sweet flavored and richly smooth interior. Avocados add an intriguing heart-healthy fruit choice to your diet.
Half of a large avocado contains 7 grams of fiber and 13 grams of unsaturated fats, both which improve blood cholesterol levels and help boost satiety following a meal.
The question is how to eat this unusual fruit? It is probably most popularly used as a green dip, called guacamole, but unfortunately it is then usually eaten with less-than-healthy chips. Instead try slicing the fruit on top of a salad, or blend it into a homemade vinaigrette salad dressing. Creamy slices of avocado can replace butter or mayonnaise on a sandwich to reduce saturated fat without sacrificing flavor.
When purchasing the fruit, how should you chose which ones are the best? Look for fruit with dark green to black skins without bruising or soft spots. Avocados at the peak of ripeness will gently yield to pressure. If you cannot find any fruit already perfectly ripe, firm, unripe avocados can be purchased and left to ripen on a countertop.
Avocados certainly do not fill our normal idea of fruit, but it can add a unique and healthy touch to the look and nutrition of a fancy meal. So have a little adventure and perk up a winter meal with avocado.