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Healthy or Not? Avocados...


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I have to admit, I am not a fruit and veggie eater. Oh, I have a 1/2 cup of orange juice every morning, and always have at least one veggie serving (usually 2) for dinner, but 5 a day? Or 7? Not so much. Still, I have been working on this. At least one week during each 5% challenge is a "Freggie week" where your team gets credit for what you eat. I really try hard to get my full quota during those weeks. But I realize I have to do better. Last week I bought an avocado at the farmer's market, and made a guacamole. It was so good, I bought two more on Saturday. We had one last night - with my chicken burritos, and one for lunch today in a huge salad. I know that they are really good for me, but I just tracked and discovered how high in calories they are. Yes, good calories, I know. But my lunch is now a high calorie lunch instead of a low calorie lunch.

I know that avocado is good for me - but now I am second guessing my plan to pick up some more this week. There are only two of us, and I really don't want to watch the scale rising because I am eating something healthy! Anyone have any ideas? Can you save avocado for a day or two once you cut it? I'm kind of new to buying them, although I do love them. What do you think?
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JAXMOMMY 5/29/2014 7:44PM

    Losing weight is not all about calories! Avacadoes are healthy and if you like them, eat them! Cut down on calories in other areas, but eat what you enjoy as long as it is healthy and avacadoes are! Sorry, not good about how to store any food properly! But, I agree with buying smaller ones.

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MTNGRL 5/28/2014 5:46PM

    Here is a novel idea for your avocado..try using it in place of mayo when you make tuna salad. I just mash up one and mix with some celery and tuna, very tasty. I agree if you wrap tightly and maybe rub with a little lemon juice and keep seed in place, that it will keep to second day.
Try rooting that seed for a lovely free house plant too!

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MOONPIE95 5/27/2014 7:00PM

    I usually just cut up what I will need, then wrap the remaining part in plastic wrap. It will keep for a couple of days.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/27/2014 5:17PM

  Hi Patti........
I, too, love Avocados. I think that if you limit them to a couple/week and watch the rest of your fat allowance, you should be fine. They are such a good source of healthy fat, that I refuse to give them up just because of the calorie count. I would rather cut the calories in other places.
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SHOAPIE 5/27/2014 5:08PM

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/27/2014 4:18PM

    I love avocado, too! I googled it and this is what someone reported for keeping them fresh once you cut it:

I've found the best way to keep a cut avocado green is to place it in a clean cottage cheese or similarly sized airtight container with a piece of cut up onion. Cover it with a lid and refrigerate. I've had a cut avocado stay fresh for several days this way. I don't know why this is, but I suspect that it has to do with the sulfur compounds that the onion releases. This is the same sulfur that makes you cry when you chop onions, but it is also used as a preservative. The onion's smell and taste don't seem to transfer to the avocado, as far as I can tell. But I'm not overly sensitive to onions, so you may want to check this out first if you are.

Also, I ran into these recipes and although I haven't tried them (I am horrible at eating my freggies!) they looked pretty good! Here's the link:

http://greatist.com/health/
39-deliciously-unexpected-healt
hy-avocado-recipes

I'm thinking of getting my five servings for my next 100 day challenge once I'm done with this round.

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CAROL494 5/27/2014 1:28PM

  I always buy the smallest avocado available at Aldi. If you limit your fat to olive oil and avocado in reasonable amounts, you should be okay.

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