Wednesday, March 6, 2013

About an Avocado

Oh the avocado, it's one of my favorite parts of being paleo. I'm not lying. This simple fruit is anything but simple. It makes me happy to consume them every day- that's right I have at least half an avocado each day that I've been paleo. Why would I do such a thing? Well I firmly believe that something magical  or sciencey in the avocado keeps me from going into crazed carb cravings mode and keeps my brain chemistry happy with the paleo diet. Remove the avocado, remove my ability to follow as strictly.

Sciencey stuff:
Avocado Nutritional Facts (1/2 and avocado) that paleo people would care about
Fat: 15g 
Calories: 161
Fiber: 7g
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 9g
Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 110 mg
Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 1698 mg
Vitamin K- 28% daily value
Vitamin C-

Fiber! Protien! Omega-3! Omega-6!
So being paleo means I don't care about the fact that it's made of fat, because what that fat is doing for my body is very different than downing a Bacon Cheeseburger. Avocados are made of monosaturated 'heart heathly' fats. Keep in mind Omega-3/6 balancing is definitely something you want to be thinking about since when on the paleo diet you do tend to eat a lot of Omega 6. More about Omega-3/6 balancing

Similar to bananas, avocados grow on a tree and do not ripen until picked. Once picked, avocados take a few days to ripen and do best at room temperature. Trying to speed up the process? Let your avocados hang out with your bananas and apples. In a huge rush, stick some ripe bananas in a brown paper bag with your avocados. You'll be making guar in no time at all. A ripe avocado will give when you apply light pressure when holding it in the palm of your hand and just barely pressing down. I'd like to stress the word light. You are not going around the store groping all the avocados making bruises for the next poor customer. Be gentle! I was once yelled at in the Italian market in Philadelphia over this exact thing. And I was NOT squeezing hard. but still, the woman screaming at me had a point, avocado bruises are gross, so don't bruise them. When buying shoot for one with a dark brown/black skin, the ones that are green really aren't ripe at all. Once you cut them in half (if only using half) leave the pit in to prevent from browning. If making guacamole adding lemon or lime juice can help it stay green.

How do I eat my avocado?

  • diced in a bowl with a bit of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper 
  • a top a piece of toasted Paleo white bread
  • as a dessert in cowboy cookies, or  Emily Levenson's amazing 'choca-mole' recipe
  • On top of eggs done over easy or scrambled
  • on top of meat, just about any kind
  • whipped into a guacamole (recipe coming) and eaten with something like tacos.
  • in a smoothie! seriously try this.

I try to only eat 1/2 a day, but sometimes I do eat a whole avocado, if this is bad for me, I have yet to see any negative effects.

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