We’re hanging on to the end of summer – which means you’re probably still eating all of your favorite summer foods, including fresh produce. Avocados have to be one of them! This delicious fruit can be enjoyed so many different ways, and that’s what we love about it!
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and they are LOADED with vitamins E, K, and C – just to name a few! Additionally with all of those vitamins, you’re also getting a great serving of fiber: 5 grams in just a half-cup! Between the fiber, vitamins, and healthy fat content, you’ll have no problem staying full for hours after enjoying a delicious (and nutritious!) avocado. Avocados make a great snack, side dish with dinner, addition to salads, and of course there’s always guacamole! Unsure how to pick the best avocado at your local grocery? Here are a few suggestions!
But here’s what we don’t love: how quickly our yummy avocados can turn brown before we’ve had a chance to eat them all! Since it’s unlikely that you’ll eat an entire avocado in one sitting, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you keep them as fresh as possible!
5 Tips to Keep Your Avocados Green
- Never cut your avocado with metal utensils! Metal accelerates the oxidation process. Try to cut it with a ceramic or plastic knife.
- Give lemon or lime juice a try! Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant. Rub a little juice around the exposed flesh and you’ll significantly delay the browning effect.
- Fresh out of lemons or limes? No problem! Use oil. Oil is another great buffer to oxygen.
- Invest in good quality air-tight containers! Avocados turn brown due to oxidation and exposure to air, so storing in an air-tight container makes perfect sense. Plus, you’ll find tons of good uses for your containers after you’ve eaten all of your avocados.
- Listen up, guac fans! Water. Yes, you read that right! Place your leftover guacamole in a plastic container and press down to remove any air pockets. Add a half inch of water on top and seal with an air-tight lid. (See how that container will come in handy?) The water creates a barrier between the avocado and the air, keeping your guac fresh and 100% green for 24 hours or more! When you’re ready to eat some more, just drain the excess water and enjoy.
Okay, now that you’ve got some tips and tricks for keeping your avocados as fresh as possible, it’s time to start enjoying them! Here are some super yummy recipes we found for you to try. They’re sure to be a big hit at your barbeques, taco nights, and even an after school snack! Who doesn’t love an excuse to indulge in healthy fats that fuel your body?
7 Delicious Avocado Recipes
- Easy! Basic Homemade Guacamole recipe by Picky Eater
- Kale Guacamole by Cookie and Kate
- Greek Guacamole by Minimalist Baker
- World’s Best Vegan Guacamole by Jamie Heimbuch
- Mango Avocado Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing by Chef De Home
- Shrimp Taco Salad by Anna Williams
- Sweet! Avocado Truffle Chocolates (only 94 calories each!) by Yummy Healthy Easy