February may be National Avocado Month, but any month is a great time to celebrate avocados!
Avocados are one of the “super” foods. They are delicious and packed with powerful heart health nutrients. For starters, the potassium helps lower blood pressure, and the monounsaturated fat helps lower cholesterol.
After receiving a shipment from the California Avocado Commission (CAC), I got busy and make guacamole, avocado pineapple salsa, avocado grilled cheese sandwiches and mashed avocado on whole grain toast. Mouth-watering goodness for sure! I also made the perfect smoothie. It’s a complete meal containing protein, carbohydrate and fat. BTW: The beautiful pink color is from the strawberries, not the avocado. Try it for yourself! So easy!
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup avocado 1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple 5 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
Fun Facts: Avocados slowly ripen over 4-5 days after being picked. They don’t ripen on the tree. To speed up the process, put the avocado in a paper bag for a day or two. To slow down the process, store it in the refrigerator. If you have leftover avocado slices, pour lemon or lime juice over them and cover them tightly with plastic wrap. You can even freeze avocados. Puree them, add a tablespoon of lemon juice and freeze them in an airtight container.
Always recycle! Felix, the cat, found a comfortable, new home in the avocado box.