Including avocados in your diet is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. Not only do these fruits provide you with 20 different vitamins and minerals but they act as nutrient boosters by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as beta and alpha carotene. By eating just one fifth of a medium sized avocado you take in nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to you daily diet. Avocados are known to be one of the best Fitness Foodsto eat before you go to the gym for your daily workout.
What are the nutrients and minerals can you find in an avocado?
* 4% Vitamin C
* 4% Vitamin E
* 4% Fiber
* 2% Iron
* 6% Folate
* 4% Potassium
* 81 micrograms of Lutein
* 54 micrograms of Beta-Carotene
Adding Avocados to Your Recipes
There are so many different ways to add avocados into your daily diet. You can include this fantastic fruit in salads, sandwiches, dips, spreads, soups, and much more. Below are some recipes that use avocados as one of the main ingredients.
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The Beauty of Avocados
Not only are avocados good for your diet but they are extremely beneficial for your physical appearance as well. Avocados, contain a complex amount of vitamins and minerals, but also contain natural oils, which can help keep your physical appearance looking and feeling healthy. Below are some natural beauty recipes that contain avocados.
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Are They Ripe?
The best thing about avocados is that they are in season 365 days a year. The only downfall is knowing if the avocado is ready to be eaten or the right consistency to use to make beauty products. Below are some tips to keep in mind next time you go shopping for avocados.
- When feeling the outer skin of the avocado, check for softness. Gently squeeze the fruit and if the avocado is hard then it is not ready to be eaten. You can still buy them and let ripen at room temperature which usually takes three to four days. To speed ripening of an avocado, store in a paper bag with and apple. Store in the refrigerator when ripened.
- If the avocado is somewhat soft then they should be ready to be peeled and eaten or used for making beauty products.
- If the avocado is really soft that means it is over ripe and the inside of the fruit will more likely be brown and uneatable.
Storing Unused Portions
If you have any cut or uncut avocados leftover you can easily store them for future use. Below are some useful tips on how to store them so they won’t go bad.
- Whole avocados that have not been cut can be stored up to three days in the refrigerator.
- To store the cut portions of the avocados, cut a lemon or lime and sprinkle some of the juice on top of it and place in an air tight bag or container. Then refrigerate it.
- If you plan on using the unused portion of the avocado in a short period of time (within a couple of hours) place it inside a bowl and add a damp paper towel on top and refrigerator.