We once lived on the lower level of a historic Hawaii mansion. One of the perks of living on that property were the avocado trees. The trees didn’t belong to us, but our landlord whom we shared the property with was always gracious enough to knock on our doors with a large brown paper bag full of free avocados in hand. So when we moved away, we were startled by the high prices of one of our favorite heart-healthy fruits. Needless to say, with avocados no longer falling from the trees to our doorsteps, we don’t eat them as much. So now on the rare occasions we do, we thoroughly appreciate them.
Avocado doesn’t have much flavor, but has so many health benefits: Lowers cholesterol, one avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate, it’s one of the best sources of Vitamin E, has more eye-improving carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit, and it’s known to improve heart health and prevent strokes and certain types of cancer.
One of our favorite ways we used to consume avocado regularly was to make smoothies. They’re such an excellent pick-me up snack in the afternoon between meals, after a workout session, or in the morning as you head to work.
Here’s our avocado smoothie recipe: 1 ripened avocado, 1 sweet apple (like Fuji), 1 banana, 1 spoon of honey, several dashes of cinnamon, about two cups of water (you need liquid or it will be way too thick). We recommend you chill your avocado smoothie in a cup in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, if you have the time. Cheers to your health!