Cooking Healthy with Avocados

Having spent so many years in the southwest and now living in the tropics where avocados are literally falling off the trees around me, they have been a common food in my diet.

They are one of those treasure foods that are an experience each time I eat one. The creamy texture and nutty flavor of avocados need nothing else but a little lemon, salt and pepper to be as tasty as a full recipe sometimes. It is unfortunate they have been in somewhat disfavor because of their high fat content. However, did you know that 75% of their fat content is actually health promoting monounsaturated fats? With their high content of potassium they actually lower cholesterol. That kind of fat I welcome in my diet. I have more than made up for it by eliminating butter in my diet. The balance of flavor and textures of creamy avocados with crisp lettuce and tomatoes turn light salads into a satisfying healthy dish. In fact we have a couple good tasting salads in our recipe file that you may like.

Shrimp & Avocado Salad
Romaine and Avocado Salad

In choosing The World's Healthiest Food, avocados, I usually go for the Haas if they are available. I try to pick ones that are just beginning to ripen if I am buying them. I let them sit out at room temperature in a cool, somewhat dark place. If I am slicing them I donít let them get as soft as I do if I am mashing them for a dish such as guacamole. One of my favorite ways of eating avocados is to mash it with a little lemon juice. I spread it on toasted rye bread and sprinkle it with a topping that I combine with a little kelp powder, garlic salt, cumin, coriander, cardamom, and white pepper. I just make up this mixture and keep it in the refrigerator. This makes a wonderful afternoon snack.

Read about all the many valuable health benefits of avocados in our nutritional profile.

This page was updated on: 2002-11-22 07:30:00
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