Did you know avocados are a fruit? I didn’t know that for a long time. Much like tomatoes, they have a seed inside. According to science, that’s what makes it a fruit. In cooking, however, it’s a different matter. Served in delicious savory meals, chefs define it more as a vegetable. Avocados also provide an enjoyable snack for the health conscious.
For my Freedom Friday series, I would like to show you how easy it is to make avocados a part of a nutritious, balanced diet.
When my wife first introduced avocados in our diet a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I trusted her sense of flavor, but as in all things borne from the unknown, I still had my reservations. She got the idea from watching someone. And one day she brought a bag full of the Persea americana from the grocery store. From there, as my sense of curiosity got the best of me, she went on to show me how to eat it.
This is the easiest avocado recipe in the world. Anyone can make it. With a handful of ingredients, guaranteed you’ll like it too!
- 1 avocado
- 1 lemon (you really don’t need a whole lemon, or half a lemon for that matter)
- Cut the avocado lengthwise exposing the seed as an oval. I usually use a steak knife, but you can use any ol’ knife. Just make sure it’s sharp and can penetrate the avocado’s hard skin. To remove the seed, I always stab it in the center with the knife, jostle it a bit, and it should pop right out of there.
- Once you’ve removed the seed, with the same knife gently poke holes into the avocado’s meat. They don’t have to go all the way to the bottom. And you don’t have to poke a million holes. Just enough for the next step.
- Squeeze some lemon on the meat. All that lemon juice will then seep into the holes from the previous step. This way a balanced coat of flavor covers the meat.
- Sprinkle salt to taste
To eat it, all you need is a spoon. Believe me when I say it’s a refreshingly delicious snack!
For those wondering the health benefits of avocados:
- About 67% of its total fat is monounsaturated as oleic acid
- Consumption of monounsaturated fat reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (the bad) cholesterol, and increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (the good) cholesterol
- Oleic acid reduces blood pressure
- Contains carotenoids, which protects against eye disease
- Its 3.4 grams of soluble fiber promotes satiation, which contributes to weight loss
- A cup of avocado contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of folate, which aids in the protection of an unborn baby
Do you like avocados? Do you have a recipe you’d like to share?