The Almighty Avocado – Benefits, Facts, Recipes and Much More

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The avocado has become one of the most popular addition to every meal, so we have decided to explore the wonderful world of avocado and find out everything there is to know about it. Enjoy our fun facts, tips and delicious recipes, that will brighten up your day!

 

The Process of Ripening

First, we should clear up an essential thing about how to take care of the avocado. You should keep it in a warm place. It is best to put it on the top of the fridge or you can simply wrap it in a towel. They ripen faster, when they are placed in a warmer environment. An additional tip to fasten up the process of ripening is to put the avocado in a brown paper bag. However, make sure that a banana keeps it company.

On the other hand, if you want to prolong the ripening process, you should put the avocado in a fridge. This way the avocado will last up for days, because the ripening process will slow down.

 

Avocado Facts and Tips

  • The Avocado is a not a vegetable, it is a fruit. To be more specific, it is a berry.
  • The avocado tree can’t grow on its own. It needs another avocado tree nearby, so that it flourishes. Also, they grow in pairs. That is why, in the Aztec culture, the avocado was a symbol of fertility and love.
  • If you are allergic to latex, it is best to talk to your physician, before you decide to add the avocado to your daily nutrition.
  • The avocado is a great snack, especially for people that have bad cholesterol.
  • It has more potassium, than a banana.
  • You can upgrade every meal with a bit of avocado spread or dip.
  • The avocado is dairy free, cholesterol-free, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free fruit.
  • A 16 week old fetus is the same size as one average avocado.
  • It is safe and healthy to give your babies and kids this delicious fruit.
  • The avocado is rich in fiber. In a medium sized avocado there are 10 grams of fiber, both soluble fiber (25%) and insoluble fiber (75%).
  • The avocado ice cream is really popular in Brazil.
  • It is a great asset if you want to keep your skin youthful.
  • The word avocado comes from the Nahuatl word for testicle.
  • One ounce of avocado has 50 calories.
  • It contains 4 grams of protein.
  • You can use the avocado as a sunscreen, moisturizer and as a psoriasis treatment.
  • The avocado reduces the bad breath.
  • Before you cut it open, you should wash it well, so that the bacteria and dirt don’t transfer on the avocado.
  • Once you cut open an avocado, you can prevent it from browning, by rubbing it with lemon juice.

 

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Health Benefits of the Avocado

  • Eating avocado on a regular basis, reduces the risk of heart diseases.
  • Thanks to its nutritional properties, it helps people lose weight.
  • The avocado contains copper, vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, a lot of minerals and many of the B-vitamins.
  • There are different types of avocados, they differ in size, shape and color. The most popular type is the Hass avocado, it is black and round.
  • It reduces the symptoms of arthritis, especially in the hips and knees. Unfortunately, the arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the Western countries.
  • Several studies have proven that the avocado lowers the cholesterol and the triglyceride levels. Also, it increases the good cholesterol, also known as the HDL.
  • Because it is rich in the antioxidants Zeaxanthin and Lutein, it protects the eyesight and keeps the eyes healthy.
  • The avocado contains folic acid, which makes it beneficial for pregnant women.
  • It protects the liver from all kinds of diseases.
  • Also, this fruit is great for the bones and helps in lowering the risk of osteoarthritis.
  • It is great for the skin.

 

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Dangers and Side Effects of Eating too much Avocado

  • Don’t eat an excessive amount of avocados, because it is high in calories.
  • You are allergic to avocado, if you experience the following symptoms: stomach pain, mouth itches, heavy breathing or swollen tongue. It is essential that you see a doctor, if you have one or more of these symptoms.
  • If you are allergic to peaches, melons, potatoes, tomatoes, kiwi and bananas, you have an increased risk of being allergic to avocados, as well.
  • Be on alert, if you mix avocados with medications. So, when your doctor prescribes you with a certain medication, ask him/her if it is ok to mix it with avocado.
  • It’s not recommended to eat more than one avocado a day.
  • Eating too much avocado can cause nausea and diarrhea.

 

How to Grow your own Avocado Tree

If you want to grow an avocado tree, just follow these easy rules and steps.

  • First, you should remove the large seed, from the avocado. Wash it and let it dry.
  • Take 3 or 4 toothpicks and put them into the seed. Then put the seed over a glass of water.
  • Make sure that you keep it in a warm place. Also, it is very important that you maintain the water level.
  • In the following 2 – 6 weeks, the roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem reaches a height of 6 inches, you should trim it in half.
  • Once the stem starts to leaf, you should transfer the seedling into a pot, which contains loose and sandy soil.
  • Water it lightly and frequently. Also, keep it in a sunny place.
  • Every time the stems grow another 6 inches, pinch back the most recent gown leavers. By doing this, you encourage the plant to grow more and to be much fuller.

If you live in a warmer climate, the avocado tree can survive outside, during the summer.

 

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Easy and Delicious Avocado Recipes

These avocado recipes will give you a completely new meaning to your breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are easy to make, but tasty as hell. Enjoy!

 

Greek Avocado Toast

For these recipe, you will only need 10 minutes of your time.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados (remove the pits)
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread, toasted
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped dill
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

 

Directions:

First, remove the skin from the avocado halves. Place the avocado in a medium sized bowl. Take the lemons and squeeze the juice over the avocado. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Mash the mixture. Taste it and add more lemon juice, salt or pepper if needed. Spread the avocado mixture over the toast. Top it off with the kalamata olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and dill. Add a few drops of olive oil.

 

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The Avocado Dip

This recipe also takes 10 minutes to prepare and is an excellent choice with homemade tortilla chips.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup of frozen spinach, drained and chopped
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped canned artichoke hearts
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • kosher salt
  • crushed red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

Remove the skin and pits from the avocados. Mix it with cream cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Mash it well, until the mixture is smooth. In a medium bowl, scoop the mixture and fold in the parsley, artichoke and spinach. Season it with the kosher salt and the crushed red pepper flakes. Top it off with more red pepper and parsley.

 

Bacon Avocado Bombs

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1/3 cup of shredded Cheddar

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven. Remove the pits from the avocados and peel off the skin. Fill in the avocados with the shredded cheddar and put the avocado back together. Wrap them in 4 slices of bacon each and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them for 5 minutes, or until the bacon becomes crispy. Then, carefully flip them over and bake it for 5 more minutes. Serve it immediately.

 

California Grilled Chicken

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices of avocado
  • 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 2 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
  • 2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 4 slices of mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp. sliced basil

 

Directions:

Take a smaller bowl and whisk the garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, oil, honey, pepper and salt. Add the chicken breasts and let it marinate for 20 minutes. Grill the chicken breasts at medium heat, until the internal temperature reaches 170ºF. Top it off with avocado, tomato and mozzarella and cover the grill. Grill it for 2 minutes or until the mozzarella starts to melt. When you remove it from the grill, drizzle some balsamic glaze and garnish it with basil.

 

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Cowboy Caviar

 

Ingredients:

For the dressing you will need:

  • 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of hot sauce (such as Cholula)
  • 3 tbsp. of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of lime juice
  • 1 tsp. of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin

For the salad, you will need:

  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup of corn
  • a cup of black beans
  • Corn chips, for serving
  • 1 cup of black eyed peas
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered

 

Directions:

First, make the dressing in a small bowl. Whisk together the hot sauce, olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, salt and cumin. Then in another bigger bowl mix the rest of the ingredients. Fuse the mixtures from both bowls and enjoy this delicacy.

 

Breakfast Avocado Burgers

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon
  • 1/2 lb. frozen hash browns, make sure that you squeeze out all of the excess water
  • 1/2 lb. of ground beef
  • 2 slices cheddar
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • Ketchup, for drizzling

 

Directions:

Mix the egg with hash browns in a medium bowl and season it will salt and pepper. Over medium heat, spray a large nonstick skillet and place 3 jar lids. Add the mixture in two of them and press it, so that you will form a patty. Crack an egg in the third one and season it. Cook it, until the hash browns are crispy and have a golden hue, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat it with the rest of the hash browns and the egg.

Now it is time to make the burgers. Take the ground beef and season it with salt and pepper. Form it into patties, in the size of the jar lids. Cook it for 5 minutes per side. Top it with cover skillet and cheddar and cook it for 2 more minutes. Once it is all cooked, it is time to assemble the burgers. On a plate, place the hash brown and add some ketchup, then top it with the burger, fried egg, bacon, avocado and the hash brown bun sandwich.

 

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Avocado Pesto

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 2 cups of Fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • kosher salt

 

Directions:

Follow the directions on the pasta package and cook the spaghetti. Put aside one cup of cooking water. Over a low speed, blend the avocado, parmesan, basil, lemon zest and almond, then season it with salt. Make sure that the blender is running slowly and drizzle the olive oil. If you think that the pesto is too thick, add some water from the pasta, until the mixture has a nice consistency. While the spaghetti is still warm, toss over the pesto and add the tomatoes.

 

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Avocado Ice Cream

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cans coconut cream
  • 1 cup of lime juice (about 4 juicy limes)
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced into quarters, for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

 

Directions

Blend all of the ingredients, except the lime slices, until the mixture is smooth. Pour it on a loaf pan and garnish it with the lime slices. Freeze it for at least 3 hours. Enjoy