I have been researching a ton lately on my new way of eating (Low carb/High fat). One of the things I am fascinated with is diving deep into health foods and finding out which ones I need to eat more of.
Enter, the avocado! Here’s what I learned about them and why I can’t get enough of them on my plate.
Did you know that Avocados:
- Are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E (both good for brain health)?
- Help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDH (good) cholesterol because they are a good source of monounsaturated fats?
- Contain anti-inflammatories that can help reduce arthritis pain?
- Have more potassium than a banana?
- Are filled with carotenoids, which are essential for eye health?
- Contain vitamin B-6, essential for fighting off infection and disease?
Pass the guacamole, right? I know, I know… BUT…
I have the hardest time getting them to ripen up or not be too ripe! Anybody else have that dilemma? They fit perfectly into my low-carb/high-fat new way of eating, but I am wasting them left and right 😔
So, I had to research how to get them to ripen so I didn’t waste them! I tested out a few methods I read about and here are the 2 that seem to work the best:
- Put the avocado in a paper bag with either an apple or a banana and it will magically ripen quicker than outside of the bag! What really happens is that the paper bag traps the ethylene gas that’s produced by the apple or banana during its ripening process and that makes the avocado ripen faster! Not really magic, but cool anyway, right? It should take about 3 days to get your avocado perfectly ripe.
- Put your avocado in a bag with enough flour to cover the bottom of the bag. Now, I have to say, this one made me say “what??” a few times to myself. But seriously? It worked like a charm! Let the bag sit for about 2 days in a dry spot in the kitchen. Make sure to roll the opening of the bag down so it is sealed tight.
So you see why I am totally obsessed right? Avocados all around! Next time, don’t hold back. Pass on the chips but double up on that guac!