Let’s take a poll: Who here can say they’ve been fully engulfed in a period of avocado obsession for at least 6 months of their life? You can’t see it, but we are raising our hands… like really high. In fact, you can triple it for us because our obsession for avocados has well surpassed 2 years. In our eyes, $12 avocado toast is always worth it for the perfect lunch bite, but this is just the start of avocado’s greatness. There are so many ways to love this mushy green fruit and we can’t wait to show your our favorite recipes this month on The Moment.
Picking the Perfect Pair
In the grocery store or at the farmer’s market, picking the perfect avocado can be tricky. You can’t always rely on the color of the skin to tell you if an avocado is ripe or not. You have to get your hands dirty and feel the avocados. If you’re using it for dinner that night, choose one that is soft to the touch. Testing the stem is also a great method to see if an avocado is ripe. If the stem peels off easily and you find green underneath, the avocado should be ready to go. If the stem does not peel off easily, the avocado is not ready yet. If the stem comes off easily but there is brown underneath, the avocado is overripe and you are likely to find brown spots when you cut it open.
Yes, We Are Open
Opening an avocado isn’t always so self explanatory either. The best method we’ve found is to slice with a sharp knife length-wise around the seed, then twist the fruit apart. To remove the seed, whack the knife into the center, twist, and lift. From there, scoop the avocado with a spoon and mash with a fork, or slice lengthwise (or dice!) before popping it out of the skin by applying pressure to the outer layer.
That Good Fat
Avocados are one of the fattiest plant foods out there, which is AMAZING! We talked about healthy fats a little bit in our olive oil article. You might remember olive oil contains a kind of fact called oleic acid; The same fat is found in avocados. Oleic acid is incredible and a natural defense against inflammation. It also handles the heat well, making avocado oil a great cooking oil.
Full of Fiber
There’s a ton of fiber in avocados, leading to a healthier gut, reduced blood sugar, and a lower risk of contracting many diseases like heart disease.
Ok, are you ready for this laundry list? 17 reasons to eat more avocados:
Even better, the fat in avocados help us absorb more nutrients. Flash back to your cellular biology class in high school: Some nutrients are “fat soluble”, which means they need to combine with fat in order to be absorbed into our bodies. Avocados are delivering more Vitamin A, D, E, and K along with extra antioxidants. Combining avocados with vitamin rich foods like kale, spinach, and eggs, can lead to an extra elevated superfood breakfast.
Avocados can actually lead to glowing skin, brighter eyes, and shiny hair when eaten and used topically. I’m sure you’ve been told to eat lots of carrots to keep your eyes healthy. The same nutrient that promotes eye health in carrots, called carotenoid, is found in avocados! They’re great for blocking environmental toxins and UV light damage. They also help prevent against skin cancers. After eating, rub the peel against your skin or use a light coat of avocado oil for the best moisturizer you can find at the grocery store!
Who knew that avocados could help naturally balance hormones. Maybe this is why we crave them so much. Avocados are key in an anti-depression diet, and have also been proven to boost fertility and boost your mood because of the fatty acids. These fatty acids facilitate thought-processing, hormone-production, and stress-reduction, all important variables when discussing mental health.
PS. Here’s a list of our other favorite ingredients to cook with!
Photo by Sally Griffiths