Avocados are AvocaDOPE
BY ELEANOR LEWIS ON MAY 16, 2014
Blackish-greenish food usually isn’t a good sign; throw in general squishiness and nauseatingly green innards and the result sounds questionable. But in reality, this sinister description belongs to the wonder fruit: avocado.
Oh my, this stuff is good. I am not a fan of the quinoa trend or kale smoothies, but avocados don’t taste like feet and they have great health benefits. The average avocado has a boatload of vitamins including Vitamin K, B, C, E and more potassium than a banana. It has a low sugar content and with half your daily fiber; this is a rocking health snack.
Now that you know how good they are for your health, we can talk about how good they are, in general, all the time.
First, slice into the avocado, cut it in half by rotating your knife around the pit.
Now, twist the halves in different directions savoring the satisfactory squelch as the sides separate.
The next step is to remove the pit, get your biggest, serial-killer-status knife and take your aggression out as you thwack it into the pit. Twist with the knife and feel the freedom wash over you.
Here’s where it gets tricky. I used to take a paring knife and peel away the skin (serial-killer-status again), but I saw cooking guru and talk show host Rachael Ray just pop that sucker out with a spoon if that is more your speed.
To move on from here we need to talk taste. The flavor of the avocado is mild, a perfect canvas for your culinary experience.
Classic: The dense texture means it’s a good substitute for meat (shout out to the vegetarians). How about a better BLT. Take a hearty wheat bread, a few slices of crunchy bacon (turkey or tofu if you must), lettuce, tomato, and a few good slices of your lovely avocado.
Spicy: Hungry for mexican? Take a break from your Moe's queso and mash an avocado. The process is cathartic and hey, if it gets on your hands it’s good for your skin! Look up your own guacamole recipe. I’m not Martha Stewart.
Fresh: My personal favorite way to eat avocados. Cube it, throw it in a bowl and sprinkle it with lime juice and sea salt. This easy snack makes you feel as good as it tastes.
If I haven’t convinced you, that is alright with me. There is an avocado shortage this year so that means more for me.