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Avocados for Cinco de Mayo
Sunday, many people will revel in Cinco de Mayo fiestas. One Cinco de Mayo menu staple is the avocado.
Avocados are heart-healthy because they are packed with folate; vitamins E, C and B6; potassium and soluble fiber. They also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can improve blood cholesterol levels, decrease your risk of heart disease, and may help with keeping blood sugar levels in check.
Remember these tips for picking the perfect avocado when shopping for your Cinco de Mayo celebration:
- If you give an avocado a gentle squeeze and it feels like a baseball, it's not ripe.
- If it leaves an imprint of your thumb, it’s overripe.
- It should have a subtle give when you squeeze it.
- If you have an unripe avocado and you want to speed up the process, put the avocado in a brown paper bag, close it, and leave it on your kitchen counter for one or two days.
Watch our How Do I video to learn tips on cutting an avocado, and visit our Cinco de Mayo celebration page to plan your fiesta.
For more information about building an eating plan that fits with your lifestyle and tastes, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist.
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Reviewed March 2013