Try Green Goodness: Avocados

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Avocado on whiteFor a long time, I didn’t want to touch avocados. They do not look appealing to me. Recently, my co-worker made me try an avocado. Wow. I was stunned. I liked it. An avocado is a fruit packed with nutrients and one of them is fat. It has 5 grams of fat per serving, which is one-fifth of an avocado. It does contain the good monounsaturated fat. The same type found in olive oil.

The benefits:

Avocados contain Beta sitosterol, a phytosterol found in fruits such as bananas, grapes, apples and cantaloupes. This phytoserol is known to lower high blood cholesterol levels.

It is nutritious with Vitamin E and C to help protect teeth and gums and prevent oxidants (free radicals that can damage a cell).
Folate acid is another nutrient found in avocados. Folate is important for pregnant women to prevent neural damage in an infant.

They are full of potassium to help other minerals stay in balance.

Visit Avocado Central for useful tips about picking and buying avocados at your local grocer or farmer’s market.

Storing avocados is easy. Place unripened avocados in a bowl on your counter. You can rush the process by placing them in a paper bag with an apple for 2 to 3 days at room temperature. When they turn black or purple they are ripe and ready to eat. (If they are mushy, they are over-ripe.)

Do not store in refrigerator because they ripe too fast and I have noticed that they lose their taste.

Here are some easy preparation tips:
1. Wash and cut lengthwise around the seed.
2. Twist the halves in opposite directions to separate, and then peel the skin off.
3. You can store them in a refrigerator after cutting.

They are great for sandwiches. Mashed and add your favorite herbs. Or add ½ teaspoon of lemon and mashed to enhance flavor and to prevent them from turning black. Now, I am a great lover of the avocado, and I add them to my smoothies and sandwiches.

Renee Wiggins, has mentored,trained and changed lives in the health and wellness industry for more than 20 years. Renee is owner of Results By Renee, a health and wellness company based in Maryland, whose mission is to help people achieve optimum health through nutrition and fitness, and supplemented with stress reduction techniques. Her areas of expertise include Diabetes and Weight Management through which she uses a variety of presentations to educate , including workshops, lectures and counseling. Renee is a registered dietitian, certified massage therapist, certified health and wellness and certified stress relief coach. She is the author of several books including Stress Down and Lift Up, Can I Exercise Sitting Down?, Transformations: Give Up The Struggle and her latest book Being Fabulously Fit in God's Kingdom: A 40-Day Journey to Wellness.

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