The environment at my place of employment is such that I might occasionally find myself the recipient of some free loot. It’s not that often, and I’ve not yet shown anything on this blog that I haven’t paid for (for the sake of straightforwardness, I do plan to indicate if anything I show you has been given to me. It’s only right, no?)
The past week brought a couple of opportunities for free stuff, which brought an opportunity for careful thought about healthy habits vs. unhealthy habits.
First, I heard, “Hey…free avocados if anyone wants ‘em.”
I hightailed it over to where the avocados were, and helped myself to two. Why? I love avocados, but I only took two because I knew I wouldn’t go through more than that before they went bad. When I tried to spread the word, I heard a chorus of, “Ew. Avocados,” “I don’t know what I’d do with them,” and even, “What’s an avocado?”
Many of the beautiful fruits just lay there, untouched, destined for the trash.
What’s even more disturbing? The chaos that ensued when a huge box of Easter candy was put out for the taking. Don’t get me wrong–I felt the draw of free chocolate. I even took a few things for the candy bowl on my desk. But in keeping with my general philosophy on eating, I kept it in moderation and left a lot behind when I could have filled a bag…and I felt pretty good about that.
I guess there’s something about “free” that makes people throw self-restraint to the wind and fill up on free candy. I also guess that the same carefree attitude does not extend to gambling on a free avocado for the sake of learning what to do with it.
This makes me sad.
For what it’s worth, I paired my avocado with White Turkey Chili and diced some up in a tuna salad with lime juice and pepper (the avocado adds fat and creamy texture without having to use mayonnaise.) What’s more, Ma Nature designed avocados in the perfect size that I almost always seem to have just enough left over to smush on my face. When Finn starts on solids, I can even mash it up and feed it to him straight for a yummy, creamy, fat-filled meal.
Eek! Fat! That’s right. I’m not afraid. It’s good fat, and babies need it for brain-building.
Take that, chocolate bunny.
Picture something you wouldn’t eat. Now picture it for free. Does not having to pay for it change your mind about eating it?
I like avocado on a turkey burger or just sliced and used as a garnish on almost anything. What is your favorite (easy) way to use an avocado?