As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

Do you daydream about the California way of living, wishing you were on a West Coast beach, brunching on Fresh California Avocado toast and soaking in the aroma of the fresh ocean air? 

Well, whether you live in California or not, I have a few tricks to offer you to soak up the West Coast flavor from all over the nation! 

First, find your local retailer that sells Fresh California Avocados! One way to verify you’re enjoy-ing the finest (and freshest) fruit is by looking for the California Avocado label. When in doubt, ask for the local produce manager, they will be able to help you find the source of your avoca-dos! 

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Next up, power up with produce! If you are looking to please a crowd that has multiple dietary preferences or simply want to increase your family’s consumption of fruits and vegetables, the Californian style of cooking is filled with fresh produce. According to the latest data (2016-17 crop year), over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California, including California Avocados, walnuts, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries and an abundance of other various fruits and vegetables. The season for California Avocados is spring through summer. A little fun fact: their trees actually never go dormant (they are always growing and developing).

Now, one of the key factors in cooking like a Californian is committing to a fresh, tree to table style of cooking. When you look for the California label on your avocado, you are guaranteed that the avocados in your cart were grown by one of more than 3,000 growers in the Golden State and picked at their peak of maturity for you to enjoy within days.

Finally, it’s time we address one of my favorite parts about being a California native and embrac-ing the culture that coincides with our style of cooking: the West Coast emphasis on health and wellness. If you’ve ever met a Californian (or transplant to California) you may recognize we are always on the move, be it hiking, surfing or just soaking in the vitamin D from the sun! Providing nourishing foods for our body, like Fresh California Avocados fits in perfectly with the active Cali-fornia lifestyle. Not only are they a heart-healthy fruit that is naturally sodium-, cholesterol-, and trans fat-free, California Avocados also contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can enhance the nutrient quality of your diet.

If you’re ready to embrace that West Coast flavor and cook like a Californian in your own home, then I’ve got the perfect recipes for you using the delicious California Avocado. For a fun nutritious twist on a potato salad, you’ve got to try the Guacamole Potato Salad here!

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Or, if you’re ready to make a brunch-worthy Californian menu, this Leafy Green Salad with Fresh Figs, Beets and Avocados is a must.

Regardless of which recipe you choose (there are more recipes where those came from here), you can’t go wrong cooking like a Californian when Fresh California Avocados are on your menu. 

Elizabeth Shaw, MS RDN CLT CPT

Liz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer in San Diego, California. She owns a nutrition consulting business in which she works with brands to help disseminate key health messaging to practitioners and consumers at large via national speaking, TV segments, and through her strong social media presence. Liz also runs a maternal health private practice in which she specializes in fertility nutrition. She is an author of the Fertility Foods Cookbook published last fall and a blogger at both Shaw’s Simple Swaps and Bumps to Baby. Liz is a freelance writer and serves as a nutrition expert for many national publications, such as Shape, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Muscle and Performance, Fit Pregnancy, Parents and others. Her current position has led her to what she loves most, educating the public at large about the importance of nutrition and health in daily life while connecting individually with those struggling to build their families. Helping to empower others through nutrition is truly what brings Liz joy!

Liz is a registered dietitian nutritionist for the California Avocado Commission. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog are part of their partnership with our organization.

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