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Whether you call it zoboca, aguacate, pear, or just plain ol’ avocado, this superfood is actually a fruit and not a vegetable for which it is commonly mistaken. It is often called “alligator pear” due to its green bumpy skin like the alligator. They aren’t sweet, and the taste is mild with a smooth buttery texture. If you like to experiment, it actually makes for a great smoothie base instead of bananas.

Growing up I couldn’t stand the look of it, much less the taste and texture. Blah. I was so picky. But through living, learning, and trying new things, the avocado is now one of my fave ways to add greens and nutrients to my meals.

Did you know that the avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods on earth because it contains 25 essential nutrients? Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, protein, potassium, and fiber (which helps you feel full longer), are only just a few of the vitamins and minerals in the oval shaped fruit. Many studies have shown that it reduces stroke risk, lowers cholesterol, protects against cancer, especially prostate and breast, and is great for acne prevention. I could be here forever talking about benefits. It’s just that amaze.

Although they can take up to five days to ripen, you can cheat by placing it in a brown paper bag and putting it in a cupboard to speed up the process. If the small brown stem on the top comes off easily and you can see green underneath it is ready to eat; if not patience is key!

I could eat avocado toast all day long. It’s so good on Ezekiel toast, mashed and then sprinkled with red pepper flakes. Papa yo! Avocados are very versatile and healthy. As long as it’s not deep fried or over-processed, you’re on the right track. It doesn’t matter if you make a bowl of guacamole, whip up a hair or face mask, or eat it on the side with yuh rice and peas, it does a body good!

Health is wealth. One Love.

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