An Avocado A Day

I love love love avocados. I don’t know why, but didn’t really start appreciating them until living in Costa Rica. Before that my avocado consumption was mostly guacamole related, but than I experienced avocado with gallo pinto for breakfast. Nothing better.

If you are also an avocado aficionado, you probably know some of the troubles with avocados:

#1. The price. Some restaurants charge $$ just to add a couple of slices or drops of guac to your salad/nachos/sandwiches. They usually aren’t cheap in the grocery store either (though Wholefoods is having a great sale this week, 5 for $5!)

#2. How fickle they can be! I’ve had plenty of heartbreak over buying them too unripe, only to have it go over-ripe and rotten on me very quickly!

AvocadoΒ What I’ve learned is to just buy them ripe, and use them over the course of a week (and not just save it for guacamole, although that is one good way to use them!!) This way you get your money’s worth and use them up before they go bad. They are so filling & nutritious (thank you, healthy fats) and also a lot more versatile than guacamole. I also eat them:

-For Breakfast. If you can’t find/ make gallo pinto, a few slices with your eggs, spread on toast, or on a breakfast burrito is life changing.

-For Smoothies. Avocados add a great thickness to smoothies, without the additional sweetness of bananas (my usual go-to smoothie thickener). Just throw half an avocado in the blender/processor and your good to go. This morning I added some orange slices, 1 banana, baby spinach leaves, frozen strawberries and water.

-For lunch/dinner: Add to sandwiches/salads/burgers or even on top of some soups (tortilla soup, gazpacho, chili)

-For snacks: Good ol’ gauc. I mix mine with some greek yogurt and squeeze lime into it and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Being gluten free, I’ve been enjoying my snack time guac over plantain chips vs. tortillas, but that’s just my preference!

-For dessert: To be honest I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve seen (and pinned) a lot of avocado dessert recipes and I’m planning to make some Chocolate pudding with avocado this week (recipe HERE). I’ll let you know how it goes!

Also, it’s fun to see people’s reaction when you tell them avocado is your favorite fruit! (Sorry apples, but I’m allergic to you anyway!)

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Be Kind

BeKind

My day started with someone (a complete stranger) saying something rude to me. It was just an offhand comment, not a big deal, but it really put a damper on my Monday morning (as if Monday mornings aren’t already damper-ed enough. Ha!) I know that I can be overly sensitive at times, and that this person probably was just having a bad morning, maybe a bad weekend, or dealing with their own issues at home or at work. There are a million ‘excuses’, but none of them make it okay. I shook it off and eventually got over it- but it made me think of how much we can effect people without even thinking about it. I highly doubt this person gave a second thought about the not-so-nice thing that they said, but I spent a good part of my morning feeling bad/sad about it. Bummer.

It was a good reminder to notice the kind things people do everyday- and appreciate them more. For this one rude comment, I got many other friendly greetings and smiles. I have a bad habit of remembering the insults and taking them to heart,Β  and conversely forgetting the compliments or disregarding them- I’m working on that.

It was also a good reminderΒ  to be kind to others, as much and as often as possible. I do try my best and I think for the most part I’m a pretty nice person, but I know I can be more mindful about the words I use and what I say to and about others. Words are very powerful. I will try to not take things out on others that are usually just a reflection on how I’m feeling about myself. On that note, be kind to yourself too.

So, moral of the story, be kind because you never know when you’ll end up on one of the Mean Tweets sketches. And because Monday mornings are rough enough.