Avocados make everything better
Avocados can be a delicious and healthy part of every meal. Try trendy avocado toast, or in Italian dishes - even as a relish.

Avocados make everything better!

Avocados can be a delicious and healthy part of every meal. Try trendy avocado toast, or in Italian dishes—even as a relish. Here are some ideas from our kitchen for you to try. You can find more avocado recipes here: californiaavocado.com

Nutritional Powerhouse

While they are relatively high in calories and fat, the good news is that avocados are nutrient dense and the fat they contain is the 'good' kind—monounsaturated, which is readily used by the body as energy. These facts make avocados a good caloric investment.

  • One-fifth of a medium avocado (2 Tbsp) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.
  • Avocados act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene as well as lutein.
  • Eating avocados is satisfying, which is helpful for watching your weight.
  • Avocados are a better nutritional choice as a spread compared to butter and mayonnaise.

nutritional comparison of avocados to butter and mayonnaise

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Ripening Avocados at Home

a paper bag and some avocados sitting next to itYou've committed to bringing guacamole to the party Saturday, but it's Thursday and your avocados are rock hard. Here's how to ripen them as quickly as possible:

  • Place avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana
  • Close the bag
  • Leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18-24 hours
  • Check periodically
  • The avocado ripening process will be stimulated by the release of ethylene gas by its companion fruits

Once the avocados are ripe, they will keep in the refrigerator, ready to enjoy, for several days.

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