Avocado also is known as alligator pear, is technically a fruit and used traditionally with savory dishes due to its high-fat content and creamy texture.
Avocados are lime green/yellow when sliced in half and contain one large seed. Avocados are cultivated in many varieties, in the states we’re most familiar with California or Florida types. These fruits are truly a beauty and “superfood” due to their vitamin E, fiber, and healthy fat content.
How to Use:
Think outside of the box when it comes to avocados. The thick and creamy texture is perfect for non-dairy lifestyles. Use them in ice creams, mousses, desserts, smoothies, topped on salads, use instead of mayo in sandwiches and salads, and eat plain on toast. Some of Nutrition Stripped recipes with avocado: Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse, Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie, The Body Book Green Smoothie, and Veggie “Sushi” Rolls.
Nutrient Breakdown of Avocados:
*per 100g, half of 1 avocado
Protein | 1/2 avocado contains 2g protein
Fiber | 1/2 avocado contains 7g fiber
Healthy fats | 1/2 avocado contains 15g fat
Vitamin C | 17% DV
Vitamin E | 10% DV
Vitamin K | 26% DV
Folate | 20% DV
B6 | 13% DV
B5 | 14% DV
Magnesium | 7% DV
Potassium | 14% DV
Copper | 9% DV
Manganese | 7% DV
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets
Tips and Tricks:
After slicing an avocado in half, squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice and wrap tightly in a wrap to keep the avocado from oxidizing quickly (store in the fridge).
If you have a latex allergy, avocados are one of those fruits (as are bananas and kiwis) that contain compounds that are associated with a latex-fruit syndrome, a cross-reaction. If you have a latex allergy, be mindful and cautious when eating these fruits you may have a reaction such as itchy throat/mouth/nose/ears, hives, or stomach issues.