The other morning, while making my favorite weekday breakfast, it occurred to me that I eat avocado at least once a day in the spring/summer. They’re just so delicious and nothing can really compare to the flavor and texture of a ripe avocado.
Now I know some people might say, “Karman, avocados have a lot of calories and are full of fat”. Well, let’s look at the facts: 1/4 of an avocado contains 60 calories and 6 grams of total fat (4 grams are monounsaturated & 1 gram polyunsaturated). Mono- and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats that our bodies need to help keep our low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in check and increase our high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, which is what we want for optimal heart health. Avocados are naturally cholesterol and sodium-free, and are great for replacing high-fat foods like mayonnaise or full-fat dairy products. The Hass Avocado Board is a wealth of information on the beautiful avocado if you’re in search of recipes or more information on how to select, cut, and store avocados.
The creamy texture of avo’s are perfect for smoothie-making. And because this recipe uses an whole small avocado, it makes for a filling breakfast. What’s your favorite way to enjoy avocados?
Avocado Pineapple Refresher
1 small avocado, sliced
3/4 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned in own juice
4 oz. coconut milk (from a carton, not a can) or 1% milk, optional
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
1. In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.