Green Glory – The Avocado

When it comes to green foods they are not viewed as the yummiest in the realm of appetizing colors. They tend to be more of the side dishes then the ones that kids immediately scream ‘No!’ at.  Well here to step up the game is the AVOCADO!

The avocado not only does wonders inside the body but it does wonders outside as well. Here are a few ways that many of us wouldn’t ever realize:

  1. The oil from the avocado is often used in beauty products around the world because of its ability to nourish the skin and hair.
  2. The skin disorder psoriasis can be soothed by avocado oil, and has even been known to heal.
  3. The avocado can also be used as a way to get rid of bad breath by balancing your mouth’s enzymes and acids.
  4. Many companies use it in their shampoo and conditioner products.
  5. So you would think something so wonderful might stop there but it doesn’t, avocado offers us a world of benefits on the inside too.
  6. Your blood pressure can be regulated because of the amount of potassium and foliate content contained in the avocado. These also help balance your electrolytes, which in turn helps your muscles and nerves.
  7. They can actually improve your vision as well. They contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants that protect your eyes from age related macular degeneration.
  8. They are thought to ward off certain types of cancer due to the oleic acid they contain, specifically breast cancer.
  9. The fiber content is relatively high and this fiber is great for cleaning out your bowels, which help lessen chance of colorectal cancer.

Now I know you all wanna know the calories contained so you understand the correct balance when eating them. It is said that a medium one is a little over 250 calories.  Now just adding a lil spoon here and there with your salad or meat is enough to reap the benefits and still control your weight.

When picking an avocado you need to hold it in your hand and gently squeeze without applying your fingertips, because it can cause bruising.  If the avocado gives slightly to the gentle pressure, then you know it’s ripe and ready to be eaten. If it doesn’t give slightly and is still firm then it still needs a couple of days before it’s ready. If it is mushy and very easy to squeeze then it’s overripe and you’ll want to put that one right back down!  So now it’s time to go to the grocery store and pick up one of these amazing little green gems!  Thanks for listening and enjoy your avocado!!