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An amazing, awe-inspiring, accolade to avacados!


The assumption is that if you eat fat, of any type, it will make you fat. In my opinion, fats should have never been called fats in the first place — they should have been called lipids, a name that’s a little easier to swallow. Our major nutrients, then, should have been referred to as carbohydrates, protein and lipids. But since the name of this nutrient is not changing anytime soon, it’s important to learn about the role fats play in helping us to create balanced diets. Not all fats are created equal, however. Be careful about the types of fats you choose and if you’re trying to lose weight, you may even need to eat less of the good ones.

Avocado-oil-nutsAccording to the American Heart Association, when eaten in moderation and in place of saturated or trans fats, “good” fats – mono and polyunsaturated – like those found in California Avocados, nuts, and certain oils may help to lower cholesterol levels. Avocados also act as “nutrient boosters,” allowing the body to absorb essential fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K. And for us foodies… fats also provide a creamy consistency and a rich flavor.

One of my favorite ways to add good fats to my family’s menu and simultaneously provide plenty of flavor as well as peace of mind, is to cook and bake with California Avocados.

Let’s take a closer look at why you should be adding avocado to your plate:

Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. That’s a food that multitasks!

75 percent of the fat in avocados is unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats), making them a great swap for foods high in saturated fat. Try some in the company of sliced turkey, arugula, sliced tomatoes and whole grain bread.

If you enjoy baking, here’s a tip that will help makeover some of your favorite recipes: subbing avocado for butter or shortening, like in this recipe for Avocado Zucchini Bread, can reduce the calories in a baked good. As a comparison, 2 tablespoons of avocado = 50 calories, while 2 tablespoons of butter = 204 calories.

Did you know that in California Avocado, the greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit closest to the peel? To get to the nutrient-rich fruit directly under the peel, one should nick and peel the skin from the fruit.

Avocados can be a meal chameleon – they can play a role in any meal whether it’s breakfast (with eggs), lunch (on a sandwich), dinner (atop a salad) or as a snack or spread (guacamole dip).

And there's a blog too...



Here at The Scoop you’ll find delicious recipes, avocado nutrition facts, answers to common avocado-related questions as well as direct access to a growing list of experts; including chefs, registered dietitians, California Avocado growers and bloggers.

Throughout the California Avocado season (from Spring through Fall) we’ll also be doing giveaways, contests and more – right here, so be sure to stay tuned for those.


Zac, when do California avos reappear in stores? I'm tired of the tasteless imports that ripen so poorly.

Totally agree. It partially depends where you are located, but California Avocado growers are already starting to pick, and we have seen some fruit already in stores. As we get into April (mid-late) volume and shipments to retailers will pick up. If you want to let me know where you are I can do a little digging and find out where/when you can find them!

Can't wait, should only be another 3-4 months before California avacados are available here in Wisconsin!

Does the B1G have any good basketball teams?

Just bragging.

Mary Burke's Jobs Plan

Here's a link to Mary's Jobs Plan ...


Here's a link to a short video Mary did about it, and a form for providing feedback.


Here's the feedback I gave her ...


There's some good stuff in your jobs plan. Certainly pursuits like reducing costs for higher education, lifting the ban on life sciences research and helping small farmers would be good for Wisconsin.

But what your plan lacks is any hint of the type of progressivism that gets Democrats elected - folks like Russ Feingold and Tammy Baldwin. In fact, on the surface your plan sounds like it came from the RNC. One glance at the Table of Contents and the take-aways are ...

Strategy 1 - Cozy up to corporations (Worst possible message, let alone first)
Strategy 2 - Raise the minimum wage and reinstate equal pay (Excellent!)
Strategy 3 - Give more of our tax dollars to corporations (Yikes!)
Strategy 4 - Find more ways to help corporations (Oh, dear!)
Strategy 5 - More corporate largesse (Bad) plus infrastrucure investment (Good)

Bottom line: Exactly the wrong message needed to motivate Wisconsin's Democratic base.

While I agree that it makes sense for State government to work with business, your jobs plan reads like it was written by ALEC.

You need to assure voters that your plan is to invest in Wisconsin, not corporations that might do some business here. Highlight the infrastructure investments and education goals. Assure voters that you can be business-friendly without turning the government over to corporations.

Now, please, please consider challenging the Koch brothers to a debate. Polls show that when voters know the Kochs are behind attack ads, those ad's favorability ratings plummet. Worst that can happen is you'll get some good publicity.

Good luck, and thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback.

I would appreciate any constructive criticism you can provide Mary.

Ryan Unsuited to Lead ‘Adult Conversation’ About Poverty

Greg Kaufmann skillfully filets Paul Ryan's hatchet-job on anti-poverty programs ...


These days, a favorite talking point of Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s is calling for an “adult conversation” about poverty. “It’s time for an adult conversation,” he told The Washington Post. “If we actually have an adult conversation,” he said in remarks at the Brookings Institution, “I think we can make a difference.”

The problem is that a prerequisite for any adult conversation is telling the truth and it is there the congressman falls monumentally short.


Ryan also argues that Medicaid coverage has little positive effect on enrollees’ health. But as Lee points out, Ryan conveniently overlooks studies showing an association between Medicaid and lower mortality rates; reduced low-weight births and infant and child mortality; and lower mortality for HIV-positive patients, among other heath benefits.


Rep. Ryan also plays on fears of low-income people abusing the welfare system when he asserts that Medicaid coverage improperly increases enrollees’ use of health care services, including preventive care and emergency department services. Ryan makes this case too by comparing Medicaid enrollees to uninsured people, who, as Lee writes, “are less likely to use health care services due to significant financial barriers.”

Really? Ryan argued that because Medicaid patients use more services than the uninsured that they are over-utilizing? What a hollow, disingenious argument.

Anybody have links to last night's Bill Maher show?

"You're goddamn right we want to take from the rich ..."

So what does Vitter think of this guy?

If Money Is Speech ....

Wisconsin: Scott Walker hits the Daily Double

Another good reason not to bully the little guys.

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