Superfoods: THE MIGHTY AVOCADO

Superfoods: THE MIGHTY AVOCADO

A superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. 

Avocados are one of the most nutritious as well as versatile fruits. 

First of all, yes, it's a fruit. Second here are some of its uses: 

  • peel, take out the pit, and eat it as is

  • use in smoothies

  • mash and use instead of mayonnaise in recipes

  • use instead of eggs in baking 

  • mix with oatmeal to make a facial

  • use instead of sour cream as a topping

  • use as an element in your Buddha bowl

  • add to a salad

  • add to a salad dressing recipe

  • spread on breakfast toast

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If you don't use avocados often, does that list convince you to give them a try? I hope so because there are many benefits to eating them regularly.

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Let's talk benefits


Nutritional benefits

  • Potassium (avocados contain more potassium than bananas)

  • 20 different vitamins and minerals including B and E

  • Fiber 10g per avocado

  • Dairy, cholesterol, and gluten free

  • Contain omega-3 fatty acids

  • Protein = 4g

Health benefits

  • Heart benefits from the potassium - helps promote a normal heart rate and helps prevent metabolic syndrome

  • Helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)

  • Soothes digestion

  • Good for arthritis

  • Helps improve liver health

  • Helps soothe morning sickness

  • Contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that damage cells

  • Helps promote nutrient absorption when eaten with other vegetables and fruits

  • Good for hair and skin

Shopping for and use of avocados

It is best to buy avocados with no black spots. Store in a paper bag outside the refrigerator to ripen. To determine if an avocado is ripe, pull off the stem. If the flesh is yellow, it's not quite ripe. If the flesh is green, it's ready. Enjoy!

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Cautions

Avocados are poisonous to pets, such as dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. Another caution is that avocados do contain fat... omega-3 fatty acids - the good kind ... but the fat content accounts for them being 321 calories per avocado.  And, too much avocado has been linked to headaches, nausea, and light sensitivity. About 1/2 an avocado is said to be the right daily amount. It will contain only 161 calories and should easily fit into most daily diets nicely.


Summary

If the avocado is one of your favorites, then by all means add this superfood to your shopping list. 

The wonderful thing about the avocado is that you don't need to do anything fancy to it to enjoy it. Chop it and add to your plate, your bowl, your salad, your smoothie, or to the recipe for a favorite sauce or dressing. As I said, it's versatile and for that reason, I always keep them on hand.


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