Nutrition and Labeling - This weeks healthiest food - Avocado




nelie
03-24-2008, 12:17 PM
I love Avocados, I could eat them raw. I don't eat them often enough though because they tend to be expensive. I do have one in the fridge right now though waiting for me.

Food of the Week . . . Avocados
Did you know that the fats in avocados are actually good for you? If you have been confused about whether you should eat avocados because of their high fat content, let us help you put this issue to rest. Yes, avocados are high in fat, but their monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, are heart-healthy. In fact, the American Heart Association encourages substituting the monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts and olive oil for many of the fats more commonly used by consumers. Researchers are also finding that some of the phytonutrients (plant nutrients) found in avocados may also help reduce cholesterol levels. So, remember that all fats are not created equal, and enjoy the delicious taste of avocados and their heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

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Lovely
03-24-2008, 12:19 PM
Mmmmm avocados! :love:

I have one sitting in my fridge right now, too!!! Oh gosh, I could eat one every day. I usually end up having them once in awhile as a treat. I slice them up and then eat them plain. I just love them that much :hun:

walking2lose
03-24-2008, 12:25 PM
I love 'em!

This may sound like a weird combo, but I often slice a quarter avocado and eat it with a feta cheese egg white omelet. In fact, that's what I'm getting ready to eat for my brunch right now (I'm off work today). Yum.


Glory87
03-24-2008, 12:57 PM
Someone at work gave me 3 luscious avocados from a tree in their yard. I made the most incredible guacamole and have been enjoying it all weekend. I loooooove avocados.

KateB
03-24-2008, 01:08 PM
I eat 1-2 avocados per week. 1/4 at a time. I put it on black bean chili, turkey burgers, in a tuna pita, taco salad. I make what I call a Southwest open face egg sandwhich. 1 toasted whole wheat english muffin, slice 1/4 avocado on the eng muffin, 2 eggs poached or hard boiled, topped with salsa that I warm a bit in the microwave (so it doesn't cool off my eggs). YUMMY!!! Avocados are my favorite!!!

cbmare
03-24-2008, 01:36 PM
Blech! Guess I won't be bothered with this one.

I do love this thread. I've learned quite a bit. But, since those things make me throw up, I'll pass.

Darby1
03-24-2008, 01:37 PM
I just had avocado, tomato and onion on toast! Delicious!

I used half the avocado and put the other half (with the pit still in it) in the fridge. I did sprinkle some lemon juice on it, but how long will it last like this? It's in a covered bowl.

zenor77
03-24-2008, 01:52 PM
I LOVE avocados!

When I was a kid my day would give us an avocado half with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. We'd eat 'em with a spoon. I don't eat them like that too often now, but I do love them on sandwiches, salads, egg dishes etc. They are so yummy!

Daffy29
03-24-2008, 02:09 PM
Years ago there was a local chain of healthy soup/sandwich shops. Avocado and tomato was my fav from their offerings. They mashed the avocado, and put the tomato slices with alfafa sprouts on dark pumpernickel bread. Absolutely yummy!

"Someone at work gave me 3 luscious avocados from a tree in their yard. "
Glory, I am SOOOOO jealous!

Ti'an

cbmare
03-24-2008, 03:03 PM
They are easy to grow. Just take the pit, put some toothpicks into it and suspend them in a glass of water. It will eventually send up a shoot. You can then plant it in a container until it establishes itself. The plant in the yard. In a few years you'll be having those things.

Lovely
03-24-2008, 03:50 PM
Unfortunately I'd need a greenhouse to properly care for an avocado tree with where I live. Oh... to eat fresh avocados grown right in my own yard...

srmb60
03-24-2008, 05:50 PM
Well Glory lives in Seattle ... what gardening zone is that? Maybe if we tucked our trees into a sunny corner or dragged the big container in for the winter????

midwife
03-24-2008, 05:55 PM
Avocados are my desert island food: if I was on a desert island and there was an avocado tree, I would eat happily ever after. :lol:

Love 'em plain, on sandwiches, on ANYthing!

My latest concoction is a baked potato with chopped turkey, red chile sauce, and 1/8 of an avocado. Yumm!!!

nelie
03-24-2008, 06:14 PM
midwife - I am totally with you on that!

My parents have 2 avocado trees but they said something happened to them or some thing? I don't know but it sounds like I won't get avocados when I go for a visit.

Avocados are also generally very cheap in CA and tend to be expensive elsewhere but are worth the price.

LLV
03-24-2008, 08:35 PM
I'm an avocado FANATIC.

I love them just plain or sliced into salads and I even put avocado slices on my sandwiches. Wonderful on a turkey burger.

Except lately I just can't find a good one. I don't know if it's the season or what, but even though my grocery store has avocados every day, every single one I've brought home has been nasty on the inside, regardless of the color of the skin. Brown or bright green, they've all been horrible. And the organic ones are even worse (I've found that organic vegetables are in worse shape than non-organic).

So unfortunately I've given up buying them for a while.

rockinrobin
03-24-2008, 11:01 PM
Oh how I LOVE avocados. They are so fantastic.

I of course love guacamole. I also make a fabulous salad with diced avocado, grape tomatoes, hearts of palm, red onion, garlic and lemon juice. This weekend I made a phenomenal black bean chili and topped it with diced avocado. Delish. I would have no problem just eating it plain though, that's for sure. What a delicious gift from nature the avocado is.

amouse
03-24-2008, 11:41 PM
i love avocado but i dont knwo how to stop them from going yuck in the fridge once they have been cut .. :( so i end up eating 1/4 and throwing the rest away .. is there a trick to it?? i usually put it in a platc bag and put it in the firge sealed up but :( no good goes gross over night

Glory87
03-25-2008, 12:57 AM
I sprinkle them with lemon juice. But, when they turn brown it doesn't affect the flavor, so I'll eat it if it goes a little brown-y. No way I can eat an entire avocado at one sitting and they are too yummy to pitch.

SoulBliss
03-25-2008, 01:04 AM
I also make a fabulous salad with diced avocado, grape tomatoes, hearts of palm, red onion, garlic and lemon juice.

Add artichoke hearts and cucumber and that is one of my FAVORITE salads ever!

zenor77
03-25-2008, 01:06 AM
If they go brown I just scrape off the brown part and eat what's underneath. It's only the top layer that turns brown, once you scrape it off the rest is still delicious and green.

femme fatale
03-25-2008, 01:10 AM
I eat 1-2 avocados per week. 1/4 at a time. I put it on black bean chili, turkey burgers, in a tuna pita, taco salad. I make what I call a Southwest open face egg sandwhich. 1 toasted whole wheat english muffin, slice 1/4 avocado on the eng muffin, 2 eggs poached or hard boiled, topped with salsa that I warm a bit in the microwave (so it doesn't cool off my eggs). YUMMY!!! Avocados are my favorite!!!

That sandwich sounds good enough to have sex with :devil:

nelie
03-25-2008, 10:24 AM
Sprinkle with lemon juice as well as keep the core with it (don't throw it away).

I had avocado this morning :) Also, avocados are great in smoothies but I really want to be able to taste the avocado so I don't put in my smoothies.

rockinrobin
03-25-2008, 12:20 PM
No way I can eat an entire avocado at one sitting and they are too yummy to pitch.

I could EASILY eat a whole avocado in one sitting. No problemo. But I won't. Would like to, but I won't. :(

Add artichoke hearts and cucumber and that is one of my FAVORITE salads ever!

I can definitely see where that could work. Quite well, in fact.

srmb60
03-25-2008, 12:26 PM
I think that might be the difference between me and Glory. Cuz I can eat all of almost anything in one sitting ... sign .... better go exercise. ;)

yoyonomoreinvegas
03-25-2008, 12:28 PM
yum! I eat one or two a week and I eat a whole one at a time. I just plan the calories as the main part of that whole meal. I like 'em so much just as they are I really don't embellish them much but sometimes will mix with tomato or a little bit of cottage or feta cheese.

LLV
03-25-2008, 12:31 PM
i love avocado but i dont knwo how to stop them from going yuck in the fridge once they have been cut .. :( so i end up eating 1/4 and throwing the rest away .. is there a trick to it?? i usually put it in a platc bag and put it in the firge sealed up but :( no good goes gross over night

I split the avocado in half and leave the pit in the half I'm not going to eat right away. I usually eat a whole half. Then I put the other half, with the pit still attached, into a tightly sealed container. Some of it may turn a little brown, but I scrape that off and use what I want of the saved half, cutting around the pit, leaving it intact, unless I'm planning to eat the whole half. But sometimes I just slice off enough for a sandwich and then put the rest back into the fridge.

Darkblue
03-26-2008, 12:46 AM
Yum, avocados! When I was small my mom would buy them, drizzle with lemon juice, and eat raw. I would beg for bites.

I use avocados in place of mayonnaise in sandwiches sometimes. My favorite sandwich at Red Robin restaurant is made with a croissant, turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato, and green leaf lettuce. Soooooo gooooood.

Glory87
03-26-2008, 02:29 AM
Ha, sorry, I should have said - there is no way I SHOULD eat a whole avocado in one sitting. Of course, I COULD - I can just rarely afford 400 calories for an avocado! If I budgeted for it, it would be okay.

PhotoChick
03-26-2008, 02:13 PM
I loooove avocadoes. In fact I just cut up 1/2 a one and mixed it with plain yogurt to put over a piece of fish. Yummy.

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