Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Whats so great about Avocado's?




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tired of the size 20
02-12-2008, 09:13 PM
Really? Are that that good? I just need to try one..:carrot:


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sharonrr1
02-12-2008, 09:19 PM
The avocado is number one for vitamin E, lutein, glutathione and bet-sitosterol among the twenty most commonly eaten fruits. I don't pretend I know what all those things are. Avocados actually improve the body's ability to absorb nutrients from foods. They are high in calories.
Eat avocados on a whole wheat bun with a salmon patty, in turkey tacos,
with a salad.
In moderation avocados are a fantastic addition to anyones healthy meals.

beautifulone
02-12-2008, 10:08 PM
Oh my goodness, in my opinion they are SO good! :eek: Delicious! I just had one tonight with my supper actually!

I oftentimes spread them on a pita as one would butter, mayo, etc. and eat them that way! SOOO tasty! Another way I like to eat them is to cut them up in small squares or chunks in my salad! I've heard of someone eating them with vinegar or salad dressing, which :o I don't think I could do... but they are so yummy. Seriously. And their fresh yellow/green colour - I love seeing it on a pita! Just make sure you let them ripen before you eat them. I like to buy them when they are firm and wait until they are moderately soft to cut them. But not too soft, you don't want them squishy.

Enjoy!


Glory87
02-13-2008, 12:07 AM
I find avocados absolutely delicious - they have a rich, buttery taste. They are good and good for you, but they pack a calorie wallop (think of natural peanut butter - so healthy yet so high in fat and calories).

I love chopped avocado in my bbq salad, I love putting slices on a turkey sandwich - it is wonderful. I consider 1/4 avocado a serving. If it fits into your calorie budget for the day - definitely go for it, they provide huge health benefits and a lot of good, heart-healthy fat.

Here is the nutritional information:

http://www.wholehealthmd.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=Reference+Library&type=AWHN_Foods&mod=Foods&mid=&id=E89940D721684EE987F97D28AC29B8C9&tier=2

California Avocado/Half avocado

Calories 153
Total fat (g) 15
Saturated fat (g) 2.2
Monounsaturated fat (g) 10
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1.8
Dietary fiber (g) 4.2
Protein (g) 2
Carbohydrate (g) 6
Sodium (mg) 10
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.2
Folate (mcg) 57
Copper (mg) 0.3
Potassium (mg) 548

vixjean
02-13-2008, 12:45 AM
i think they taste awesome, i just cut them and eat them alone, yummy!

nelie
02-13-2008, 09:06 AM
I could eat an avocado just by itself. I grew up in California and grew up on avocados basically.

I love them in dishes and alone. They have a lot of good vitamins and fats. If there was one fruit that I could choose to have, I think it'd be the avocado :)

LLV
02-13-2008, 11:39 AM
I could eat an avocado just by itself. I grew up in California and grew up on avocados basically.

I love them in dishes and alone. They have a lot of good vitamins and fats. If there was one fruit that I could choose to have, I think it'd be the avocado :)

Ditto.

I love avocado plain, made into guacamole, sliced and in salads, on sandwiches (sliced avocado is wonderful on turkey and veggie burgers) and in making a favorite little concoction of mine - I take thick slices of eggplant and top those with slices of avocado, then add slices of tomato, then sprinkle them with parmesan cheese (mozzarella works good too) and bake them.

I miss fixing that so much! The reason I haven't lately is because store-bought tomatoes are just gross to me (I grow my own every summer and I get spoiled on that taste) so that's a seasonal treat for me.

tleef
02-13-2008, 12:00 PM
Here is a great guacamole recipe that subs a little of the avacado with peas! It's really yummy and isn't quite as caloric as normal guac...which I love!

Guacamole
Low Calorie Recipe
Ingredients:
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 cups frozen peas
1/3 cup water
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup avocado, chopped
1/4 cup tomato, diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe makes five, 1/2-cup servings.


Directions:
Cook first 4 ingredients in a non-stick pan over medium heat until onion is soft. Add the peas and water. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Puree in blender until smooth. (A blender works better than a food processor for this recipe.) Let cool and add remaining ingredients. Serve as a side salad, with tortillas or with nacho chips.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 88
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 3.2g

Cheers,
Tamara

jillybean720
02-13-2008, 12:15 PM
Two words: monounsaturated fat! :carrot:

midwife
02-13-2008, 01:00 PM
Yum. Avocados are definitely my desert-island food. If I was stranded on a desert island, I would be very content to eat avocados only every day for the rest of my life.

They can be calorie-heavy, but the nutrients more than make up for it. I will put sliced avocado on anything in lieu of cheese. 1/8 of an avocado wrapped in sliced turkey is a great snack.

Avocados make me happy.

nelie
02-13-2008, 01:08 PM
Today, I was out and about with DH and picked up a veggie sandwich at a local kabob shop (their bread is awesome). It had avocado in it. It was sooo good. Mushrooms, spinach, avocado, alfalfa sprouts and avocado, YUM!

PhotoChick
02-13-2008, 02:20 PM
Mmmmm... Avocado!

My favorite little summer salad:

1 tomato, diced
1/2 green bell pepper diced
1/4 to 1/2 seeded jalapeno, diced (as hot as you like)
a little chopped cilantro
juice of one lime
little olive oil

Mix it all together and put in the fridge for about an hour to let the flavors blend. Add 1 avocado, diced right before you serve it and toss it all together.

Mmmm. Just enough bite and heat because of the jalapenos, but the avocado cools it right down again.

.

zenor77
02-13-2008, 02:34 PM
I love it plain, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, on salads, on sandwiches, etc. I love guacamole too, but I tend to over eat chips when guacamole is around.

cbuggin22
02-13-2008, 03:29 PM
This thread is great! I love guacamole! I too tend to eat too many chips if it is around. I've never tried an avacodo, but I will. Thanks for all of the great ways to use it!

junebug41
02-13-2008, 05:06 PM
Mmmmmm. Sliced with salt, pepper, and lemon. Boring, but delicious!

gailr42
02-13-2008, 05:22 PM
Love Avocados. I used to eat them with a tablespoon or so of Mayo on top. Now I have one with lemon juice for a treat once in a while. My DH doesn't like them, so I have to eat it all myself. How sad:lol:.