Avocado: Why This Superfood is One of the Best Healthy Fats

If ya don’t know, now ya know:

Avocados are fruits that grow on trees in warm climates. The avocado tree was first discovered in Mexico. Contrary to most fruits, avocados are not sweet. The fruit has a soft creamy green flesh with 1 large seed in the middle. The taste is often described as nutty or buttery. Avocados are generally eaten in salads and made into oils or condiments and dips, such as guacamole. Avocados are a staple food in many cultures!

Nutrition Facts:

Avocados contain a high amount of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is a type of unsaturated fat and is considered a “healthy fat” when eaten in moderation. Incorporating unsaturated fats into your diet is important for proper cell function and studies have shown that when these types of fats are consumed, individuals tend to have a lower risk of heart disease and high cholesterol problems.

In addition to the cardiovascular benefits, avocados are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. One avocado contains vitamins B-6, C, E, K and has more potassium than a banana. In addition, an avocado is an excellent source of magnesium, beta-carotene, and Omega-3 fatty acids. You may even lose weight when you add avocados to your diet. Many people feel fuller longer when they eat them. Avocados are chock full of antioxidants that can minimize free radicals from wreaking havoc on your metabolism – and might I mention, they are great for anti-aging!

Preparation Ideas:

  • Avocados are quite versatile and easy to incorporate into your diet. If you like them raw, you can slice them thin and add them to your sandwich or salad. You can smash them up and put it on toast topped with some salt and tomato slices. You can chop them up and add them as a garnish to your chili, soup or on top of your chicken or salmon. Or you can have a taco night and whip up some guacamole.

  • You can also cook with avocados. You can add them to your scrambled eggs. Those who may be eating low carbohydrate diets may carve a hole in the middle of the avocado and put an egg in the middle to make an “egg in the basket.” Top it with cheese and bake - it’s delicious.

  • Stuffed avocados are easy and delicious – get creative, the possibilities are endless!

  • Soup is another option. You can test your culinary skills by making a chilled avocado soup. This makes a perfect lunch during the hot summer months.

  • Add half an avocado to your smoothie to make it extra creamy, or make chocolate avocado mousse or pudding for a sweet treat.

Whatever way you prepare your avocados, know that you are adding a Superfood to your diet. There are hundreds of ways you can incorporate avocados into your diet to reap the nutritional benefits they provide!

With love and smiles,

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