Unique Ingredient- Avocado
Avocados are a stone fruit with a creamy consistency. They grow in humid, sub-tropical and tropical conditions such as Hawaii, Mexico and Indonesia. Nearly 90% of the avocados produced in the US are grown in California! These delicious fruits are harvested by hand and begin to ripen shortly after.
Not only do avocados add countless vitamins to our smoothies but they also give it a rich, creamy texture that is undeniably delicious
Avocados are extremely versatile and taste great on a variety of different foods. These delicious fruits can be paired with salads, mashed on toast, put in a sandwich, topped on a bowl, made into a dressing or sauce, used as an oil, the possibilities are endless!! Although these are all delicious options, we believe the best way to consume your avocados are through smoothies. LiveMore Organic’s Keto-Friendly Cacao Blend Cup and our Keto-Friendly Cacao Blend Multi-Packs both contain high amounts of avocados, making it a perfect way to get the countless essential nutrients and vitamins avocados produce. Not only do avocados add countless vitamins to our smoothies but they also give it a rich, creamy texture that is undeniably delicious.
How to tell if your avocado is ripe
When picking an avocado at the grocery store, it’s important to pick the right one. If it feels too soft, the fruit could be bruised on the inside, which could potentially ruin the entire avocado. When you get to the avocado section, pick one up and gently press into the skin of the avocado to test its ripeness. If the fruit feels anywhere from rock hard to firm, it could be a good option if you’re willing to wait anywhere from 2-4 days until it’s ripe enough to be eaten. If you’re wanting to eat the avocado that day or the next, pick one that’s slightly soft. When looking at the color of your avocado you want to pick one that has a darker skin. The ones that are green are usually rock hard and won’t be ready to eat for days. If you want to speed up the ripening of your avocado, you can put it in a paper bag with a banana and it’ll soften up much faster!
Why you should be eating seasonally
Since 90% of the avocados found in the US are produced in in California, it’s important to take into account when California avocado season is in full swing, which happens to be end of spring into early fall. So much of the produce we see in stores is shipped from all around the world, which creates unnecessary pollution and causes a loss of essential nutrients. We are fortunate enough to find almost every fruit and vegetable 365 days a year at our local grocery store that we’ve never had to stop to think when fruits and veggies are actually in season where we live. Our modernized lifestyle has caused us to lose touch with these simple ideas of eating seasonally.
Produce that is grown during its appropriate season has been proven to contain higher amounts of nutrients and vitamins compared to when they’re grown in a different season
Not only are there many health benefits of eating seasonally, but the produce actually tastes better, is better on the environment and is cheaper. Produce that is grown during its appropriate season has been proven to contain higher amounts of nutrients and vitamins compared to when they’re grown in a different season. When foods are forced to be grown out of their normal season, chemicals and gases are used to implement ripening rhythms.
Another great reason to buy in-season produce is the reduced price! Fruits and veggies that are grown in their respective seasons are sold for cheaper than if they were produced in a different season. This is simply because the supply of each fruit or vegetable is higher when they’re in season compared to when they’re not, ultimately driving the price down.
Eating in-season is way better on the environment because it means the produce doesn’t have to travel as far. The farther the produce is traveling, the more fuel emissions are being emitted into the atmosphere. A huge amount of produce in the US is imported from around the world, so learning how to eat seasonally and buying local produce is a small but important change all of us can make!
Benefits of avocados
Avocados are the only fruit that has a large amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids
It’s so important to eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Studies have proven that eating a mostly plant based diet can decrease risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and heart diseases. Avocados are the only fruit that has a large amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. These healthy fats have been proven to help with weight loss, reduce chances of acquiring a heart related illness and help fight against cancer. The fruit contains over essential 20 vitamins and minerals that boost our immune system and help fight against chronic illnesses.
Avocados contain large amounts of vitamins C,E,K, B-6, riboflavin, Niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. Many people shy away from avocados because of the high amounts of fats, but it’s important to recognize that healthy fats are good for our bodies! Fats are extremely essential for our bodies as they support healthy, beautiful skin and increases our body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.
Avocados boost vision and provide healthy cholesterol levels. This amazing fruit contains high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that provide antioxidant protection to decrease harm from harmful external sources such as bright lights. They also contain plenty of beta-sitosterol, a natural plant sterol which improves healthy cholesterol levels in the heart. Avocados have also been proven to prevent osteoporosis. For every half of an avocado consumed, our body receives 25% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin K, a very important nutrient to maintain healthy bones.
Avocados are very high in fiber, carrying about 6-7 grams in each half of an avocado. Fiber is extremely important in maintaining a healthy digestion and consistent bowel movements. Daily bowel movements are key for our health because it’s how our bodies get rid of unwanted toxins.
Folate and avocados
Folate is a vitamin that can be found in foods such as avocados, broccoli, brussel sprouts and leafy greens. This essential vitamin is important in the production of healthy cell growth as well as red blood cell formation. When it comes to preventing cancer, folate is a vital nutrient that can help do so. What this vitamin does it prevents against negative changed in our DNA and RNA. Some studies have even found that the folate in avocados have been proven to stop the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells and maybe even kill cancer cells. Not only does folate play such an important role in preventing cancer, but it’s also very essential for a healthy pregnancy. Folate decreases risk of miscarriages and possible baby defects.
Folate can also help reduce risk of depression! The vitamin stops build-up of homocysteine, an element that can hinder nutrients from getting to the brain. Too much homocysteine has also been proven to reduce levels of serotonin and dopamine which are essential in maintaining a balanced mood.