“Avocado People are Party People”

Kim McCorquodale RD, CSO

The quote above made me smile and caught my attention. It is from the Avocado Central web site that is full of an amazing amount of inspiration for using avocados. There are tabs for recipes, party tips, nutrition, and how to use them.  I have to admit, that growing up I did not like avocados. But my palette has learned to greatly enjoy them, and this may be partially sparked by the many nutrition benefits they provide.

Some things I learned include that 1/5th of an avocado provides 3 grams of monounsaturated fats, 2 grams of fiber, and  about 20 different vitamins and minerals in only 50 calories. They are what you’d call a “nutrient dense” food, meaning they give you lots of nutrients without extra “empty” calories. Avocados also help your body absorb fat soluble nutrients in foods that are eaten with them. We all know they are great in savory foods, such as guacamole, but have you tried adding them to desserts or smoothies? And with grilling season almost upon us try adding them to potato salad, mashing them and using as a condiment, or just plain grilling them. I have only skimmed the surface of the many ideas and recipes available on this web site. Visit there soon and start boosting your nutrition with avocados.

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