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Heart Healthy Food

Heart Healthy Super Food
— Avocado

Avocados are one of our favorite foods — they're so versatile that you can eat them with nearly everything. They're great in salads — we especially like them cut up with fresh Heirloom tomatoes and drizzled with a little olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, topped with freshly ground pepper... yum!

Of course, Guacamole Dip (and taco chips) are another favorite... year-round. Whip up your own delicious batch — we usually just add a little diced tomato, red onion, minced garlic and fresh lime... plus a dash of cumin (it's good for you!) Depending on how spicy you like it, you can add jalapeño or crushed red pepper flakes. Salt and cilantro are optional :)

According to Jan DeLyser, VP of Marketing for the California Avocado Commission, "One avocado serving (one-fifth of a medium avocado, 30 grams or 1 ounce) has 50 calories, no cholesterol, no sodium, and with their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, they're heart healthy!"

Avocados make a great topping to salads, fish, quesadillas, nachos — and anything Mexican! Add as a filling to sandwiches and hamburgers. Enjoy guacamole dip wtih freshly cut veggies.

We've also read that avocados are considered to be an aphrodisiac — Bon Appetit!

Over 500 Varieties
Over 500 varieties of avocados are grown around the world. Only seven types of avocado are grown in the U.S. — our favorite is the Haas avocado.

Ripen Avocados
Want to ripen your avocados? Put them in a brown paper bag for 2-5 days. Speed up the process by adding an apple or banana to the bag. Store ripe avocados in the fridge — they'll have a longer shelf-life than keeping them out on the counter.

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