We can’t ignore this creamy-tasty-superhealthy-good-with-anything piece of fruit. The Avocado is such a versatile fruit and pairs well with nearly every ingredient you can think of.
Since the whole essence of a smoothie is to be a smooth, cooling and delicious, we use avocado whenever we get the chance. And yes, we know that avocado has been ‘a thing’ for a while now, no additional promotion necessary, but read away for some fun facts of this week’s Product Highlight!
- The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl
- Avocados have 35% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in dietary fiber, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin K, and are good dietary sources of other B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E
- Avocado is high in fat, which makes people hesitant to consume them, since about 85% of its calories come from fat. The phytosterols that account for a major portion of avocado fats supports our inflammatory system that help keep inflammation and the good cholesterol under control
- There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree stood from 1926 to 2002 in California
- Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Avocado protein is easily absorbed by the body, because avocados also contain fiber and is a great substitute for meat
- This fruit is an excellent source of carotenoids, whicht delivers high quality vitamin A to your body. Carotenoids enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system and good eye health
- Being rich in antioxidants this fruit is beneficial in preventing aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows down the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system
Tip: A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or in a fruit basket at room temperature within a few days
Tip: They should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week
Tip: Only using one half? Keep the half with the seed, wrapped tightly in plastic foil, which keeps the fruit from turning brown(ish)