5 Avocado-Loving Reasons to Be Thankful

With Thanksgiving just days away, I’ve become busier and feeling a tad more stressed than usual. I’ve been hitting the internet almost nightly to find great recipes to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration (and of course pinning anything with avocados I run across), a short week at work has created a slight backup of my to-do list, and, of course, the pressure of holiday shopping is creeping in.

But, this past weekend I was reminded that this season is all about being thankful. It’s a time to step back from the day-to-day and appreciate the little things around you that make you smile and make your life just a little bit better. So, to help me remember the spirit of the season, I decided to write down a few things that I am thankful for. And, surprise, surprise – they all have to do with my daily life – avocados!

Here are five things I’m especially thankful for.

California Avocado Fans

From Facebook comments to the Cultivate festival, being able to talk to and meet passionate California Avocado fans is really the part of my job I enjoy most. Seriously, leave me a message below about anything and I’ll get back to you – I love talking all things avocados.

Apart from getting to know our fans, I’m constantly inspired by all of the recipes avocado lovers post (like these below).

California Avocado Growers

This year, I was able to make quite a few visits to different California Avocado groves, see next year’s avocados on the trees and talk with more than a few growers. Learning from generations of avocado growers about how much goes into the growing process of these fruits makes me appreciate them that much more.

 

 

Versatility of Avocados

From fan creations to recipes from our chef friends, it never ceases to amaze me how many different ways avocados can be used while cooking (or baking!). Breakfast, brunch, snack time, lunch, dinner or dessert – you can find a recipe that uses avocados for any meal you’re looking for. Someone on Instagram asked me the other day about making a pie crust with avocado (which I still need to try).

Take a look at our “recipe box” and give a few of these recipes a try (they’re perfect for using up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers you’ll soon have):

Turkey Mushroom California Avocado Benedict

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Thanksgiving Guacamole

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Avocado Tortilla Soup with Roasted Turkey

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Fresh California Avocado & Turkey Sandwich

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Our Registered Dietitians

After indulging in all of the avocado recipes I taste at my job, I’m always thankful to be reminded by registered dietitians like Bonnie Taub-Dix and Emily Schiller of the nutritional benefits found in avocados. I can tell you I’d much rather use avocados in my cooking than butter or mayo – these numbers don’t lie.

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Non-Hass California Avocado Varieties

Now that California Hass Avocado season has come to an end, knowing that there are other non-Hass California Avocado varietieswith different seasons – makes me rest easy.

If you happen to live in California, take a look around your local farmers market for a few different kinds of avocados in season right now, like Reed (in season late summer & early fall), Zutano (in season September through early winter), Pinkerton (in season early winter through spring) and Fuerte (in season late fall through spring).

Now that you know what I’m thankful for, leave a comment below and share what you are thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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