Naming my favorite fruit (or is it a vegetable?) is truly a challenge because there are so many that I love. But avocados have a special place in my veg heart. They’re portable, stand out on their own, and pack in a nutritional powerhouse.
When I talk about portable-an avocado is the perfect picnic nosh, now that spring is in the air. Packing a filling meal to go is so easy with these alligator pears, as they’re sometimes called. It’s already packaged in its own skin. All you need to do is place the ripe avocado in your picnic bag, throw in a bag of corn chips and you have a meal! Simply cut your avocado lengthwise in half and you and a friend each have a boat to scoop away with chips. This half avocado and chips combination will fuel your day lounging around the park.
Of course I couldn’t write about avocados without mentioning guacamole! Guacamole in a bean burrito is probably one of best meals; I could eat it at any time of the day. Avocado can also be used as a fantastic cheese substitute in sandwiches. Simply slice a ripe avocado and use it in place of dairy-based cheese. Mashed avocado is a wonderful DIY dressing when you need a little something to make your salad heartier.
Did I mention the avocado is super healthy? Avocados contain vitamin k, vitamin c, vitamins B5 & B6, and vitamin E. If you need to increase your potassium intake, avocados contain more potassium than bananas. Sure, avocados get a bad rap because they’re high in fat, but you’ll be pleased to know that nearly 80% of that fat is monounsaturated fat, which is necessary for a healthy heart. Even more, that healthy fat in avocados helps your body better absorb nutrients from other vegetables!
So the next time you want to get creative with a sandwich, salad, wrap, or snack, why not try some avocado?