Avocados have been around for a while now, and they are likely to be in the future. But because they are relatively new to our culture, our parents haven’t talked to us alot about them, and thus we have many unanswered questions in our heads about them.
Here are 10:
1- Is Avocado Fruit Or Vegetable?
I remember asking Alexa one evening and she said vegetable, nevertheless, that was the only one time she mixed this fruit for veggies.
So is avocado a fruit? Yes, absolutely it is a fruit. If you have ever seen them listed as vegetables, thats because of what is called a “common-usage listing”.
If you can’t swallow this fact, think about tomatoes. We all know they are fruit and nobody ever complains. I think we can let this one slide too.
2- How Much Protein Is In Avocado?
Not much, sorry to tell you. An average avocado would have anything between 2 and 4 grams of protein. Not much, right? Well, that is not what you should be in for.
You are better off calling a spade a spade. If you want protein, you go to meats, eggs, oats or shakes. But this is not all your body needs.
Avocado nutrients go far beyond protein. It is rich in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and good fatty acids.
3- How Many Carbs In An Avocado?
Assuming a average store-bought avocado of 200 grams (7 oz), there are typically about 17 grams of carbs (0.6 oz).
But carbs in an avocado is mostly fiber. Matter of fact, almost all of it! Almost 14 grams (0.5 oz)
Thus, you don’t have to worry that much when it comes to those nutritious fruits, they won’t be messing up with your diet.
4- How Many Calories Are In Avocado?
There are 320 calories in one avocado weighing 200 grams (7 oz).
This is why it is always advised to have half an avocado instead of a whole one, if you can keep the other half fresh.
5- How Much Potassium is in Avocado?
Avocados are specifically rich in potassium. Actually one avocado has more potassium than three bananas combined.
Just one avocado can give you up to 25% of your recommended potassium intake in a day.
6- How to Tell If Avocado Is Ripe?
The darker the avocado is, the riper.
Bright green avocados still have a long way to go before you can mash them over that avocado toast, you better stay away from them.
Not long ago, chia seeds were some geeky weird food that only nutritionists and cavemen knew.
But The picture is different now as hundreds of thousands of chia oats overnight jars are having a goodnight sleep in many fridges across the globe.
Let’s get to know first how you can make your own overnight oatmeal with chia and then we can discuss why you should care in the first place:
3/4 cup of high-protein oats (or oats of your choice)
5 teaspoons of chia seeds
About half a cup of skimmed milk (I used Juhayna 0% fat skimmed milk)
Peanut butter (optional)
You can buy these exact ingredients fromRecipe Box (available in Alexandria, Egypt)
Simply mix all ingredients together and place them in the fridge overnight or till they are fluffy as in this short video
Now if you are wondering why you should be making overnight oatmeal with oats at all, here is why
Chia seeds will add tremendous value to your oats.
Even though oats are known to be a wonderful and nutritious superfood, they are not whole or perfect in any way.
Just to name some of the things chia seeds can add to that bowl:
Omega 3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds in this recipe, for instance, made about 15% of the overall protein per serving, event though I have used quality whey protein oats.
Chia seeds add extra texture to your rather formless and sticky overnight oatmeal.
Almost every time you place oatmeal in your fridge for a long time, they come out looking and feeling like some baby food puree. This is when chia seeds comes to help. They can make your overnight oatmeal a bit chewy, not in a bothering way.
Mix all ingredients together and spread them on an oiled pan (I use either cooking spray or olive oil). Cook for a few minutes then flip and keep cooking till both sides are brownish.
I advise you to cover the pan while cooking on a medium heat and constantly check if you have burned them, yet 🙂
If you decided to stop here and go ahead and make the ingredients, bon appetite; if you are willing to take the less-traveled road and get to know why this oatmeal pancake recipe is crucial to your diet, please read on.
1- It cuts down your thinking about food in the morning.
You know, you are what you repeatedly do. And when you wake up in the morning, you are subconsciously at your best. What you think about at this early stage of the day goes along with you till dawn. And you seriously don’t want that to be food.
Grabbing these pancakes you made yesterday and shortening the preparation time will surely help you big time staying on track and focused on what matters most, your goals.
2- It seriously fills you for a good while.
As usual, you take that bowl of oatmeal, shovel it down your throat and you still feel empty. For right about ten minutes.
Then oats start working their magic and before you know it, you are completely full for hours and hours to come. It never fails.
3- You can (and should) keep them stored for two days or so.
Even though these oatmeal pancakes won’t exactly taste the same way they did two days ago when you just made them, they can really get by. They still taste nice and they can easily do the job they are there for. Keep you full and focused.
4- You can easily pack them to work or school.
They are tiny. And because they are really filling, you are not expected to take more than two pieces along with your lunch at the office. Whether you are packing honey with them, or packing broccoli and tuna.
I happen to like them best with olive paste, omelette and sometimes cheese, but don’t take my word for it. Go ahead and make these oatmeal pancakes and let me know how you ate them and how they tasted.