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Avocado vs. Slimcado {and a Giveaway!}

 Full Disclosure: I received these products for free to try and review on the blog.  As always, the opinions are completely my own

So, even though I feel like I’ve come pretty far with diversifying my food choices since starting this blog, there are still some things that I feel like many people around me eat without question that I have never had….and am a bit iffy about trying.  That list of things includes (but is not limited to) almond butter, chia seeds, whole wheat pasta, and raisins. Another thing on this list, and something that also is a pretty trendy food right now, is avocado.  Yes, this includes guacamole.

I few weeks ago, the people from Brooks Tropicals sent me an email and offered me a chance to try their Slimcado avocado.  Their variety of avocado is similar in flavor to the leading California avocado, but it has up to half the fat and one third fewer calories.  Now, I didn’t accept their offer because I am tracking my calories or concerned about fat content or anything like that, it just seemed like a good way to try something new!  Also, since I’ve never had any kind of avocado, I figured I should give a Haas avocado a try too while I’m at it so I can compare the two.  Luckily the husband likes avocado (especially in the form of guacamole) so he helped me taste test as well.

Slimcado

The main difference that I see in the Slimcado is that it is large!  (as you can see in the photo above)

Guacamole Mix

Along with the Slimcado, I was given some guacamole mix from Concord Foods to try.   And if you look closely at the package for the mix you can see it says “Just add 2 avocados.”  However, since the Slimcado is so large you just need one per one package of guacamole mix! Slimcado + Mix = Guacamole.  Super easy.  

Guacamoles

To compare the two different fruits and test the avocado mix, we made some guacamole.  If you notice in the photo above, there are three different bowls of guacamole.  If I’m testing out two different guacamoles, what is in the third bowl?  Well, the husband actually has a particular kind of guacamole that he likes much more than most others, and it doesn’t involve a mix.  So, we decided to make one batch of his Guacamole with the Slimcado as well so the husband could taste the difference compared to what he is used to.

So, what was the result of the taste test?  Well, I wasn’t blown away by delicious flavor, but I wasn’t grossed out either. (a step in the right direction!)  As for the guacamole mix, I didn’t love it but it wasn’t too bad.  I was a little concerned that it would be too spicy for my taste (yes, I know, it is MILD. But still.) but it actually was not too spicy at all.  It had a bit of a peppery flavor, but not really any hot spice! I tried the husbands guacamole recipe too and I wasn’t a huge fan of that either so its not that I don’t like the mix, I just don’t love guacamole in general.

Compared to the Haas avocado the Slimcado is larger in size (obviously) and has a lighter texture.  After talking with Mary at Brooks Tropicals about the differences between the two, it made sense to me why they are different: they are grown in different climates!  Haas avocados are grown in a much drier climate than Florida, which is where the Slimcado is grown.  She also mentioned that Slimcado isn’t there to compete with the Haas avocado (which has 95% of the market), they just want to give consumers a lighter tasting choice. Sounds like a good idea to me – especially since it has important healthy fats and other nutrients that are great for a healthy lifestyle.  Another healthy option with a slightly different taste that might appeal to different people always seems like a good idea for this picky eater.

For more information on the Slimcado, as well as some interesting recipes, check out their site here.

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Did you get through all of that? You’ll soon be glad you did!

 

As a special treat for you all, Concord Foods has provided me with some guacamole mix packets to give to TEN (10) of my wonderful readers!

Here’s how you can win: 

 

  • Leave a comment on this post about your favorite way to eat avocado – if you have a delicious recipe that uses avocado, share a link! 
  • You have until midnight of next Wednesday 7/25 to enter, I will pick the winners and contact them on Thursday 7/26.
  • Once I contact you, you will have 72 hours to respond with your mailing information.  If I do not hear back from you within 72 hours, I will pick another winner.

Good Luck! **The Giveaway is now closed, congratulations to the winners!**

19 Responses

  1. Turkey+sliced avocado+bacon grilled in a sandwich is delicious.

    Did you taste a slice of avocado plain?

  2. I love avocado on turkey sandwiches.
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  3. I usually add avocado to sandwiches. This pasta is very delish and super easy. And Lorelai likes it. Bonus!!
    http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/creamy-avocado-pasta/

  4. In a turkey wrap: whole wheat tortilla with spinach, tomato, avocado, parsley buttermilk dressing(homemade) and turkey and/or bacon. Also on top of a blackbean burger with buttermilk dressing, tomato, spinach and feta cheese and southwest salad

  5. Are these avocados available in the Madison area? I’ve avoided “regular” avocados because of the high fat.

    • I haven’t personally seen them anywhere, but I’m told from my contact at Brooks Tropicals that they might be at Cub Foods or Wal-Mart in the area. Not 100% guaranteed though.

  6. I will eat avocados however! My favorite way is just sliced with some salt, but I love them in so many other things too. =)

  7. I love making guacamole! =) That’s my favorite use of avocado. SO much flavor and crunch. 🙂

  8. i used avocado slices in my shrimp ceviche

  9. Avocado diced and added to good chicken salad. Fill the avocado shells with the mix and serve in these disposable bowls!

  10. sliced.
    on a maple bacon BLT on multi-grain bread of amazing from one of my favorite restaurants. [i should REALLY work on just recreating it myself!]

  11. Yum!! I would love to mash up a slimcado add salt and pepper and have it on toast! Mmm that sounds like a good healthy snack.

    • That does not work as well as the variety Haas, not enough fat. Slimcado is wonderful by itself, in salads and in anything where one does not mash it up…

  12. I love to use avocado in salads; for instance, it provides a creamy consistency to replace dressing and coat the salad. Here is my recipe for my Buffalo Avocado Salad, from Monday’s post: http://savvysassyme.com/recipe-simple-buffalo-avocado-salad/

    Yummy, yummy avocado!

  13. I only tasted avocado for the first time in the past year or so, and now I LOVE it! Sliced up on a BLT, turkey burger, or sandwich, made into guacamole, cut up in a salad with some tomatoes, red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette… SO good!

  14. I love guacamole! The Slimcado sounds really interesting though!

  15. I have never heard of a slimcado! Now I must look out for those! I usually do the guacamole thing with avocados, but have always gotten store-bought or sometimes make my own. Having a mix on hand would be super easy too. I did recently make a recipe with avocado dipping sauce too! —> http://divaonadiet.com/2012/07/02/cheesy-beefy-mushroom-quesadilla-recipe-meatless-monday/

  16. My absolute favorite way to eat avocado is sliced on top of a cheese omlette. I like all the simple flavors to shine through!

  17. Slimcados not for me it turns out, I’m totally a Haas freak….kind of. But classic cados are so much healthier tasting than slims.

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