Avocados – Delicious AND Good for You!

Did you know that the avocado is a fruit, more specifically a single-seeded berry? And that the Haas avocado was originally grown right here in Southern California? Here in California, we are known for our avocados and while September is technically the end of avocado “season”, we are lucky enough to have them available to eat fresh year-round! Avocados can be used in so many ways and have many health benefits. Here are a few of our favorites:

1.     Great Source of Healthy Fats

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Fat is an essential nutrient. This means we as humans must eat fat to survive. Fats have had a bad rap over the years, but we need them for rebuilding and maintaining the membrane of every cell in our body; cells are the functional (living) unit that make up our bodies. However, not all fats are created equal. Luckily avocados have what we consider good fats. They consist mainly of healthy monounsaturated fat that helps stabilize blood sugar and promotes sustained energy. Adding avocado to your salad will highlight any farm fresh spring greens and pair nicely with a vinaigrette dressing or any acidic fruits or vegetables, such as grapefruit or cherry tomatoes.  Avocados will leave you satiated and satisfied.

2.     Excellent Supply of Potassium

Potassium is a necessary electrolyte in the human body that can often be thrown off balance from its main counterpart, sodium. Many of us automatically reach for a banana when we think of potassium. While bananas are a good source of potassium, an avocado has more than twice the amount of potassium!

3.     Lots of Fiber

Compared to other foods, avocados have quite a bit of both soluble and insoluble fiber. This supports weight loss, stabilized blood sugar, and is linked to lowering the risk for many diseases. Instead of looking for fiber in grains for breakfast, like cereal, try adding a side of avocado with your eggs for a fiber boost.

4.     Supports Immune Strength

The soluble fiber in the avocado will help nourish the healthy bacteria in your gut, which will help keep your immune system strong in the Fall and Winter months. In addition, avocados are packed with nutrients, including a healthy dose of vitamin C. So instead of drinking orange juice, which contains a lot of sugar, try adding an avocado to your smoothie. It is tasteless but adds a fantastic creaminess. Additionally, if you are wanting to limit sugar, incorporate an avocado in your favorite chocolate dessert; such as a creamy avocado chocolate mousse, pudding, or tart topped with fresh seasonal fruit and whipped cream.

Avocados are a very versatile food to have on hand because of their fat content, rich flavor, and creamy texture. Some of our most popular menu items include this delicious superfood, such as our Grilled Lime Chicken Tostada with Roasted Garlic Guacamole, Radish Ensalada, and Crema or our Spicy Golden Beet Poke Salad in a Cucumber Bowl with Avocado Puree – and here in California, we are so excited that we can continue to weave these beauties into our Fall and Winter menus!

Jennifer Wilson