10 Things to Know About Avocados

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Do you love avocados? I do! I was thinking about them today since they are such a staple in Mexican cooking and today is May 5th – Cinco de Mayo. Avocados are versatile, healthy, and just plain delicious. Before anyone says, “But they’re a fat,” let me say that yes – they are… a HEALTHY fat! By the way, fat doesn’t make you fat, but that’s another blog for another day.

Here are 10 cool things to know about avocados:

1. Avocados are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. They are the fruit of the avocado tree.
2. Avocados can weigh anywhere from 8 ounces to up to three pounds.
3. Avocados have folate, potassium, and vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K.
4. The average-sized avocado is about 322 calories.
5. Avocados are low in sugar.
6. Avocados are rich in fiber, with a medium-sized avocado containing about 10 grams.
7. The Hass avocado is the most popular variety.
8. An avocado has more potassium than a banana.
9. California produces about 90% of the nation’s avocados.
10. It takes 14 – 18 months to grow a single California avocado.

How do you know when your avocado is ripe? Avocados can ripen quickly and easily go from too hard to too mushy. So how can you tell when your avocado is ready to eat? If you place your thumb at the top of the fruit where the stem is and press gently, your avocado should have a little “give.” If it’s rock hard, you may have to take it home and let it soften up. If it’s incredibly mushy, you may want to take a pass on it.

Avocados are for more than just guacamole. I love guacamole. I could eat my body weight in it! But there’s so much more to avocados than just guac.

Try slicing your avocado and putting it on some  multigrain toast drizzled with a little olive oil or hot sauce for a satisfying breakfast.

Try dicing it and mixing it some mango, tomato, a little bit of jalapeno, a little lime juice, cilantro, and a splash of vinegar for a lovely salsa that goes great with fish.

Make a delicious vegan chocolate pudding by mixing 2 large avocados with ½ cup cacao powder, 3 tablespoons of agave nectar, ¼ cup coconut milk, ad 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend everything well and chill in the fridge before serving. Delicious!

There you have it! The amazing avocado.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, and please, if you plan to have a margarita, or two, or three, don’t drink and drive.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born, raised, and still residing in her beloved hometown of Philadelphia, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them. Her first book, Your Best Year Yet! was published in September 2014, and is available now @


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