June is California Avocado Month!
As a nutrition spokesperson for California Avocado Commission for the past 5 years, it’s safe to say I am a pretty big avocado fan.
This is the best time of year for California Avocados, which are in season from spring through fall. California grows about 90% of the nation’s avocado crop and they do it with the help of approximately 5,000 small family farms located throughout the state.
Our avocados are top notch because the growers put so much care into how the trees are nurtured, planted and harvested. California avocados are picked at the peak of freshness, so you know you’re getting quality fruit when you see that California label!
When it comes to nutrition, avocados are one of the few things I feel comfortable labeling a superfood…because:
- California avocados are a nutrient-dense: one-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds
- California avocados contribute good fats to your diet – this is key since the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 focus on fats is now about what types and not how much you get
This season I created a 7-day meal plan using some of the amazing recipes from the California Avocado Commission. If you think avocados are just for guacamole, you have to check out some of these innovative meal and snack ideas.
It’s pretty safe to say you probably need more avocado in your life – and this 7 day meal plan has it all…if I do say so myself!
For more information about avocados, nutrition and the Dietary Guidelines, check out The Scoop blog post by friend and fellow dietitian Andrea available here.
To see my 7-day plant based meal plan featuring LOADS of California Avocados, see below or click here.
Disclaimer: I am a paid nutrition spokesperson for the California Avocado Commission; however, the views and opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.