In 2013, then Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation that the avocado would be California’s state fruit. Ever since, our beautiful emerald alligator-skinned, tear-dropped gems, dangling from many neighbors’ prolific trees, have been ingredients of choice – whether it’s snack time or mealtime – for Californians, and people across the country.
Versatile & uncomplicated attributes
Avocados don’t offend. Whether tasting, smelling or observing, avocados are one of those foods that nature puts in place to please. Their mild creamy texture and taste make it a versatile addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A top cleanse-pick food
When you sign on for an extended cleanse and you know avocados are allowed, the prospect of your controlled deprivation becomes a little more tolerable. Knowing your little green, odd-looking “alligator pears” with a big pit get to punctuate your eating adventures with their satisfying chartreuse flesh, brightens the outlook for a successful cleanse to the finish.
Cleansing avocados are a high priority because they are great alone; work well in a smoothie as a tasteless thickening ingredient (when bananas are often on the deny list); sliced and served on rice cakes; whipped with chopped onion, cilantro and spices for an impromptu guacamole; or cubed and scattered atop a bowl of warm soup as a garnish.
Avocado nails the nutrients
Avocados are packed with the good stuff we love! I’ll let the Harvard School of Public Health spell it out: “It is one the highest-fat plant foods [the good kind at 22 grams of fat–and only 3 grams saturated], making it a popular inclusion in vegan and vegetarian diets.” It’s a satisfying food to eat on restricted meal plans, including cleanses. The low-sodium and zero cholesterol, more-than-a-fruit, fruit contains 240 calories for a whole, average-sized avocado, 3 grams of protein and 13 grams of carbs.
What else can be extolled about our lovely bumpy, evergreen fruit dangling from so many California trees? Oh, and blended with EVOO, lemon juice and seasoning to flavor, avocados are an excellent primary ingredient for salad dressing!
María Felicia’s 2023 New Year Body… Cleanse – Day 14
Written by Maria Felicia Kelley
Disclaimer: Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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