Last weekend while I was on a cooking kick, I bought a few avocados for an avocado Greek yogurt dip I wanted to try.

I love avocados, but I could count on one hand the number of times I prepared them for myself, so I was a little clueless about how to cut and peel them.

The first one was kind of a hack job. I clumsily cut into it, grabbing for the pit and making a slippery green mess.

Then I got smart and consulted Google for help. I prepared the next few like a pro.

Here's how to do it:

1. Slice lengthwise into the avocado, repeating the cut on the other side.

2. Break apart the quarter sections, removing the pit in the process.

3. Peel the skin from each section top to bottom, like a banana.

We've all heard about the health benefits of avocados, but most of their nutrients are in the bright green part closest to the peel. This method preserves it without having to scrape.