I am completely nuts about avocados. But it didn't start out that way. Growing up, my mom who loved them was always coaxing me to try a bite. But she also had a taste for everything rich; she'd slather butter on Pecan Sandies cookies! So I didn't trust her food choices, especially as a teenager when I was dieting and following the fat-free trend at the time. I can't recall my first taste of avocado, but they're a regular part of my diet now. I buy four packs at Trader Joe's and if I don't eat or cook with them soon enough, my husband will devour them. He even recently started growing an avocado plant (see below), not because he hopes to raise a crop but he just likes how they look as a houseplant!
I've used them in the traditional ways, diced into salads, soups and sushi and mashed into dips and as a sandwich spread. I've added them into smoothies and baking (good for cookies). But my favorite way to eat avocado is straight up. I wait until one is perfectly ripe, cut it in half, and scoop the creamy flesh with a spoon. There isn't a strong distinctive flavor, but it melts on your tongue.
For my weight loss clients who sometimes need a snack before bed but don't want to overdo it, I recommend nutritious foods that are high in protein and/or healthful fats and low in sugar that will quell the hunger until morning: a handful of unsalted nuts, small wedge of full-fat cheese, large tablespoon of nut or seed butter, or of course avocados (about half an avocado). These snacks always satisfy and the clients still lose weight.
There is one avocado recipe I'm gaga over: Avocado Pasta. It's the easiest, most indulgent yet healthful recipe I've ever made. Six minutes to cook the pasta, one minute to throw the rest of the ingredients in the food processor and another minute to blend, season, and give a final pulse. The avocado sauce tastes as creamy as Fettucini Alfredo, no kidding. If you've got a craving for comfort food, this is IT. The pic below shows it made with udon noodles (only because I had them on hand and they were quicker to cook than spaghetti) and without the Parmesan cheese...still super creamy.
I've been so focused on eating avocados that I haven't mentioned the nutritional benefits! An avocado offers 20 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and more than 75% of its fat is a healthful unsaturated type. Check out these posts for more info:
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