While avocados are available to us in the grocery store year-round as a result of mexico’s ideal growing climate, the cold weather that has hit the US and south of their border this year is suggesting a 10% increase in avocado prices. The demand for this creamy fruit increased by a third over the last few years as a result of the increasing knowledge of the beneficial ‘good fats’ present in the flesh of avocados. Guac is no longer looked down upon as a ‘bad’ party appetizer! A sure sign that the low-fat mentality that set foot in the 90’s is on its way out for good.
Hass avocados make up 80% of cultivated avocados in the world, though there are many other varieties out there. The temperature & humidity requirements for avocados to mature are pretty specific, and thus they are sensitive to changes in the weather. As severe weather trends continue to increase in frequency, avocados are certainly a crop that will likely revert back to their previously high price point. But you could grow your own! Keep the seed next time you gobble up one of these superfruits and try sprouting it!
While this recipe has my interest piqued, I’d like to introduce you to a great breakfast idea involving an avocado. While the fats in avocados are good ones, they are still fats, which have 9 calories per gram (rather than proteins & carbohydrates which have four calories per gram). What I’m saying is don’t have this for breakfast every day. As the title of the ‘recipe’ suggests, it’s a breakfast treat: a healthy one.
Avocados are amazing things—they’re delicious on their own, but they also have a lot of healthy fats, dietary fibers, and vitamins, and despite their high caloric value, they’re remarkably easy to prepare. If you have an avocado that’s too firm to use for something else, or you’re just in the mood for something new and healthy for breakfast, slice it in half, remove the pit, and carve out a little space in the center. Crack an egg where the pit was, and bake. In a few minutes, you’ll have a delicious, protein and vitamin-packed breakfast treat that’s rich enough to keep you going all morning.
The recipe itself is pretty simple, and comes to us thanks to reddit user fungz0r:
- preheat oven to 425, have cast iron pan in there
- Slice avocado in half, take out pit
- take pan out, put avocado half on, crack egg in
- put whatever you want on top
- place in oven and cook till your eggs [are done how you] desire
Avocados are used in all sorts of breakfast dishes, but this is a great example of using the avocado as a breakfast dish, and pretty tasty one at that.