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The Skinny on Low-Fat Avocados: Real Healthy

Avocado Recipes: Real HealthyI’ve been getting a lot of avocado questions lately about a new product called a SlimCado. (No, not named for a character in an old Western movie.) Have those resourceful farmers actually figured out a way to produce a lower-fat avocado?

 

Well, not exactly. The SlimCado is an attempt to put a clever marketing gloss on the variety known as “Florida” avocados, which have always been naturally lower in fat than the more popular variety known as Hass avocados.

 

Even without a SlimCado sticker, you can tell a Florida avocado by its size (up to twice the size of a Hass) and the smooth bright green skin. (The skin of the Haas is rough and pebbly, turning almost black when the fruit is fully ripe.) The Florida avocado is lower in fat and calories per ounce. But keep in mind that, because of its size, you could end up taking in more calories by eating more of the fruit.

 

Hass avocados are more popular because they are, well, richer. If you’re making guacamole, you’ll appreciate that creamy taste and smooth texture. On the other hand, the softer texture means that the Hass doesn’t hold its shape as well. Tossed with other ingredients, it tends to break down and create a slimy mess. If you’re adding cubed avocado to a salad, for example, the Florida variety will probably yield a nicer-looking result. For the best flavor, test Florida avocados for ripeness by making sure they yield to gentle pressure with your thumb.

 

All varieties of avocado are rich in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and skin-saving vitamin E, so why not put a couple of each kind in your cart this week? Here are some recipes to try for each type.

 

 

 

Florida Avocados:

 

Greek Quinoa and Avocados

Avocado Recipes: Real Healthy

Only 30 minutes to make, and you’ve got yourself the healthiest dish on the planet!

 

 

 

 Grilled Avocado

Acocado Recipes: Real Healthy

Stuffed with soul-satisfying Monterey Jack cheese, and maybe even better than tacos.

 

 

 

Grilled Shrimp Margarita with Avocado and Garden Tomatoes

Avocado Recipes: Real Healthy

Add some Mexican flair to your holiday table with these smart — and healthy — appetizers.

 

 

 

Hass Avocados:

 

Creamy Avocado Dip

Avocado Recipes: Real Healty

Here’s another good-for-you idea to dress up the holiday buffet.

 

 

 

Cucumber Yogurt Soup with Avocado

Avocado Recipes

Shimmering cool and so beautiful, this no-cook soup has a taste and elegance all its own.

 

 

 

Avocado Crostini

Avocado Recipes

Who says avocados only go with Mexican recipes? Not us. We love this “kind of Italian” concept.

 

 

 

Stay healthy, eat well! Make this gorgeous avocado and crab salad recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

4 Responses to “The Skinny on Low-Fat Avocados: Real Healthy”

  • Jessika Stranahan says:

    Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body that may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped, or spherical. Commercially, it ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.-

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  • Heidi Rousseau says:

    I love avocados and was raised on an avocado ranch in S.Calif.but we never had warm avocado soup,we always ate them cold in various dishes.Now I have to pay for them at the local store and they can get expensive even on sale they aren’t cheap.I try to eat at least one a week even though they are high in fat,it isn’t saturated fat but I do watch the amount I eat and try to keep it to one a week.A truly wonderful fruit.

  • Jim says:

    I often use avocados (Hass) when making hummus, in place of some of the olive oil or pine nuts.

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