While farmer’s markets in our area are struggling to offer much variety in the winter, we can all be rest assured that spring marks the beginning of avocado season in California! Avocado is probably my favorite food- fruit that is. Yes, it’s a fruit. And did you know that the fat in avocados is monounsaturated? That means the good kind that actually helps to lower bad cholesterol and prevents your blood from clumping. This kind of fat also keeps you feelin’ full, which results in eatin’ less. They provide lots of vitamin C and E, calcium, iron, and tons o’ fiber. So have your guac and eat it too.
I always have avocados hanging around my kitchen. If they’re not crazy ripe yet in the store, I’ll bring them home and wait for them to ripen. Try smashed avocados on your next turkey sandy instead of mayonnaise. You’ll save tons of calories and fat. And trust me, it’s goooood.
My “go-to” snack (literally just ate this) is Avocado Toast, inspired by one of my fav places in Nolita, Cafe Gitane. Man! I could eat this at every meal!
1/2 ripe avocado
2 pieces good seven grain bread
red pepper flakes
Toast the seven grain bread to your liking. Half and pit the avocado. Using a fork, scoop out one half of the avocado and spread evenly on the two pieces of toast. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.