The Amazing Avocado

Today’s Training: 5 mile run, after work, hopefully not in the rain.  But you can’t appreciate the sun unless you dance in the rain sometimes, right?

One of my favorite foods is the avocado.  I genuinely enjoy the taste of a plain avocado, and I add heaping helpings to my salads all the time.  Braxton won’t eat them plain as of yet, so I mush them in some applesauce.  LOVES it.  Genius, I know.

So what’s all the hoop-la about it?  The avocado is neither a fruit nor a vegetable- it’s a proud member of the berry family.  Another fun fact?  The avocado was thought by the Aztecs to be a sex stimulant- their name for it actually means testicle.  Hmm, does that make it more appetizing?

Avocados sometimes get a bad rep because of their high fat and calorie content- but it’s the good fat.  The monounsaturated stuff (lower cholesterol, anyone?).  An avocado DOES have around 300 calories per piece, BUT also boasts 54% of fiber- you know, for fat burning.  Eat them in moderation, and they’re an amazing superfood!

An avocado can help reduce the signs of aging. Make yourself an avocado face mask for some moisturization.  See, they’re for more than eating.

Avocados contain a TON of vitamins, including A, C, E, K and B6.  That means they have a lot of antioxidant properties to help ward off diseases.  They’re also SUPER high in potassium (which is good for that leg cramping I talked about earlier…).

Avocados can help reduce inflammation, so they may help in the prevention of rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. 

If you add avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!

The Stats:
Vitamin A – 293 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.135 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.261 mg
Vitamin B6 – .517 mg
Vitamin C – 20.1 mg
Vitamin E – 4.16 mg
Vitamin K – 42.2 mcg
Folate – 163 mcg
Niacin – 3.493 mg
Pantothenic Acid – 2.792 mg
*Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

Calcium – 24 mg
Copper – 0.382 mg
Iron – 1.11 mg
Magnesium – 58 mg
Manganese – 0.285 mg
Phosphorus – 105 mg
Potassium – 975 mg
Selenium 0.8 mcg
Sodium – 14 mg
Zinc – 1.29 mg
*Contains small amounts of other minerals.

Heard enough and ready to go rip into a ripe, juicy little alligator pear?  Ok, go ahead, I’ll wait….

You’re back- great!  Make sure it is brown, soft, and ripe.  Cut it open carefully- there’s a pit in there (invest in a special peeler- it’s a lifesaver).  Now if you don’t want to eat it plain, make some guacamole!  Or mush it in your applesauce.  You can add avocado to virtually anything- anything I tell you.  Or try this dip that I make all the time for chips:

Jeannine’s Delicious Chip Dip

1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 cup diced pepper
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 diced avocado
1 cup Italian dressing

Mix it all together and enjoy with tortilla or pita chips.

or try:

Almond-Avocado Pudding

2 ripe avocados
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Combine everything in a blender besides the almonds, and blend until smooth.  Serve topped with almonds.

or:

Don’t want to eat it?  Try a face mask.

-1/2 avocado, 1 egg white, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice for acne.

-1 Avocado and 1 Tbsp honey for a glowing face.

-1/2 Avocado and 1/2 Cup cooked oatmeal for dry skin.

Well there you are- all the information you’ll ever need to know about this little green berry.  If you’re on Jeopardy and the category comes up, you’ll be well-versed in all things avocado.  Happy Friday:)


Happy 13 Months to my little boy today<3

Finally, on a side note- boy do I wish I was with my group in the Adirondacks this weekend running in the Ragnar Relay.  Good luck to all of you and have an amazing time- I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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