If you follow us on Facebook or on Twitter, you already know that we’ve been spreading our love for fresh avocados throughout the United States. Thanks to our fabulous bloggers, communities all around the nation have been learning about avocados and discovering new ways to incorporate them into a balanced diet.
We kicked off the avocado parties back in May at thePlate Boutique, our own storefront located in downtown Mt. Pleasant, MI. As part of our monthly healthy eating club loyalty card program, our members were asked to come shop and learn with us.
We had two displays in place; one where members could stop and learn how to select, ripen, pit and store a Hass Avocado. Another, where they could watch us whip up a tasty avocado and banana smoothie recipe found within the Hass avocado cookbook provided by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) and additionally found over at LoveOneToday.com.
As we whipped up smoothies and discussed the best ways to get an avocado ready to eat, we also dished on some of the nutritional benefits associated with avocados.
Many of our members already knew avocados were good for them, but what really intrigued them was the versatility of the avocado. From breakfast dishes to desserts, the addition of fresh avocados to dishes morning ’til night was where most of our conversation stayed.
Over the past few months, the conversation continued. With five events hosted so far, our food health and nutrition bloggers brought about that same nutrition know-how to their own communities. We provided cookbooks and tips for hosting an event similar to ours, but the rest was up to them.
Megan Lyons from the Lyons Share Wellness created her own smoothie featuring the beloved avocado at a workshop she hosted at her dance studio. Her Summer Refresh-mint Smoothie was a hit, in addition to her veggie-loaded guacamole.
Elizabeth Shaw, RD also shared her love of fresh avocados by hosting a party and month long campaign on her blog, Simple Swaps. Her displays were beautiful and the food amazing!
Interesting avocado facts were also shared in The Fit Cookie’s Avocado Class. The information shared and the recipes created can be found over on the Fit Cookie’s blog. Our favorite? The easy avocado chicken salad. Seriously! Go and check it out!
A few teenagers over in New Jersey also learned a think or two about avocados thanks to registered dietitian Mary Brighton, RD. Mary gave a great nutrition presentation about all the benefits associated with avocados. She also shared a super simple and super delicious recipe for Simple Guacamole.
As we continue to move through the next month, we’re excited to share the continued efforts our bloggers are making as they share their love for avocados with those in their community. In the meantime, be sure to visit LoveOneToday.com for great tips, recipes and resources.
Disclaimer/Disclosure: These events and this post were sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board. We received financial compensation for this campaign, but all opinions expressed are Kati’s alone. We just thought you should know. For a full list of our disclaimer and disclosure policies, please visit our legal page.