Mr. T never had an avocado before he met me. I grew up in California and it’s practically a staple there, but he spent much of his childhood in Alaska. They have them, but they ain’t cheap. Plus, his mom is not a fan of the ‘cado, as we lovingly refer to it.
Now, though, it’s one of Mr. T’s favorite fruits. And it’s definitely mine. I love them, adore them, I want to marry them! I always have 2 or 3 on hand – they are great on sandwhiches, salads and tacos (the three things I know how to make), and I often serve T Junior’s lunch with a side of diced avocado. But they aren’t fat free. Oh no, dude. Far from it.
One quarter of the soft, green fruit is 1.5 Weight Watchers points, which is determined by a mathematical formula using calories, fat and fiber. When you only get a certain number of points in a day (22 for me), every single one (and a half) counts, so you want to make sure what you are putting in your body will fuel you, not just satisfy a craving. This is the beauty of Weight Watchers.
Anyway, a whole avocado is about 250 calories, 22.5g of fat and 5g of fiber, according to the California Avocado Commission. However, they are full of the “good” fat and lots of vitamins (and delicious), so I’m not eliminating them from my diet.
I’m just so comfortable with the avocado.
Normally, I buy the same fruits and veggies every week: bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and, of course, those darn ‘cados. In the summer, we tend to get grapes and watermelon (for T Junior; I am not a fan), and in the fall, we add apples. And, I’m sorry to say that my broccoli and green beans are of the frozen variety (they keep longer, okay?).
Last week, I bought a pear because they were soft (I don’t care for crispy pears) and, much to my delight, discovered they are only 1 point! And, even better, I had one for an afternoon snack and it held me over till dinner time. But soft pears will be scarce soon, so I better find something else to snack on.
The challenge this week is one I was supposed to do a few years ago at a Weight Watchers meeting and never actually did. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t have anyone holding me to it.
Try one new vegetable and one new fruit this week.
It has to be a fruit and a veggie you’ve never eaten before. The pear does not count for me. Who hasn’t had a pear before?
If you have a blog, post pictures to document what you came home with. What are the nutritional values? Did you cook it, mix it in something or eat it raw? What did it taste like? Was it good, bad, ugly? Did you have to cut it, peel it, crack it open with a sledgehammer?
If you’d like to join us in our Summer of Weight Loss, here are our previous challenges:
Take before pictures (front and side)
Pick a weigh-in day
Take your measurements
And don’t forget to send me an e-mail to let me know you want in! (kerrie at sanitydepartment dot com)
Jill at Run with Jill
Kadie at There She Runs
Talitha at Me & The Bug
LB at Muddy Runner
Shannon at It’s Trickey
Kelly at In a Field of Daffodils
TMB at Racing with Babes
Lorian at Running Guarantees Sanity
Kasey at Blonde Mom Runs
Kelly N. at 2010-Revived Runner
Tim at 26.2 Quest
Robyn at Ramblings of a Wannabe Writer and Runner
Jill E. at Running to Sanity
Lisa (aka Running Kiwi) at From Fat to Marathoner
Mel at 2nd Chances
Stephanie at Girls Just Wanna Go Run
Alma at The Average Woman’s Running Blog
Genesis at Eat Always, Sleep Seldomly, Run Whenevers
Steph at Steph’s 50 Marathon Challenge
Stacie at Impossible is Nothing
Kadie D. at Sense of Achievement
Lindsay at Chasing the Kenyans
Heather at Almost Running
Sophia at Tortuga Runner
(Please let me know if I missed you or if you’d like to play along!)