In-Season Produce: Avocado

Alexa Peduzzi

Published on April 6th, 2017

If you spend any time on Instagram, you'll see at least a few photos featuring the trendiest green fruit around: avocado.

Whether it be avocado toast, grain bowls with avocado dressing, or just a good ol' avocado rose, it seems like avocados are getting more and more popular each day. But are they really worth the hype? Let's dive into what makes avocados so popular.

First of all, avocados are a fruit with relatively low sugar, making them a low-glysemic food option. They're also high in fiber, which is helpful for digestive health, and they're rich in vitamins like the b-vitamins, potassium, copper, and vitamins E and C.

Avocados sometimes get a bad rap because they're high in fat and in fact, 82% of avocado's calories come from fat. Some research however has shown that the monounsaturated fats in avocado actually lead to heart-related health benefits and improve blood levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the stuff that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Not convinced yet? Here's the nutrition information for 1/4 raw avocado:

There are so many delicious ways to add avocado to your diet. Here are some recipes that'll help you eat avocado for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert!

Breakfast

Avocado Vanilla Smoothie from How Sweet It Is smoothie

Lunch

Crispy Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Yogurt Sauce from Jessica Gavin fritters

Snack

Fiesta Corn Avocado Salsa from Sally's Baking Addiction salsa

Dinner

Burst Tomato Zucchini Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce from Pinch of Yum spaghetti

Dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding from Minimalist Baker chocolate-peanut-buttter