Oh, those millennials. According to an abundance of news headlines, Gen Y’ers are self-centered, entitled splurgers who lack restraint and only live for today. They are often criticized for spending rather than saving and not knowing the value of a dollar. And in 2017, there was no better evidence of this than stories about millennials’ avocado-toast obsession, which went viral when an Australian millionaire said that the generation’s insatiable taste for the snack meant they’d never have enough money to buy homes.
It was a clever sound bite that gained plenty of internet traction, especially when paired with news of new avocado-centric restaurants and cafés offering avocado lattés. Critics denounced avocados as treats: a garnish or side dish for special occasions; a food that these Gen Y’ers shouldn’t be splurging on.
But despite popular opinion, millennials aren’t actually any less thrifty than their parents and grandparents. Their love for avocados, on the other hand, is accurate — but considering that avocados are heart-healthy and contribute nearly 20 vitamins and minerals per 50g serving, they’re not a bad snack to splurge on. While many factors affect heart disease, eating fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” And with money-saving tips — like preserving guacamole by covering it with a thin layer of milk and refrigerating — millennials have found plenty of ways to stay cost-conscious.
Here are a few reasons to put nutrient-dense avocados on your grocery list:
4. Nutrient-dense foods like avocado are rare. Avocados offer a unique blend of fiber and fat and are sugar- and sodium-free. Pop one in your bag and take it on the go — when you’re hungry, you can eat it right out of the skin with a spoon. To really show the naysayers how thrifty you can be, preserve an uneaten avocado-half by coating it with lime or olive oil, covering it with some plastic wrap, and placing it in the fridge.