The avocado craze is at full throttle these days, and for more reasons than simply tasting amazing. Recent research proves the nutritional powerhouse supports healthy cholesterol levels, packs a punch when it comes to potassium and offers loads of antioxidants and fiber.
Your complexion will also benefit from these fleshy fruit. The high oleic acid content and monounsaturated fatty acids present in avocados both maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping it to stay soft and hydrated. They also provide lots of skin-protecting antioxidants and vitamins to prevent wrinkles and slow down the visible signs of aging.
If you think avocado toast is the only way to hit your avocado quota for the day, think again. The versatility of the avocado far exceeds slicing it up and placing it on toasted bread; you can substitute it into many of your favorite dishes for healthier meals without sacrificing taste.
The scene is all too familiar: that bag of avocados you bought at the grocery are all hard as a rock and totally unripe, and just like that your guacamole dreams have been crushed.
What to do ? The answer isn’t turning to the pre-made, store-bought version; the answer is actually found right in your kitchen in the form of your oven.
What You Need
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Wrap the whole fruit in tinfoil and set it on the baking sheet.
3. Place it in the oven for ten minutes, or until avocado is soft.
4. Remove it from the oven and put the avocado in the fridge until cool.
Why It Works
Avocados ripen on their own from the slow release of a gas called ethylene. But when you bake it in the oven wrapped in foil, the gas totally surrounds it and speeds up the ripening process, giving you a perfectly soft avocado.