There was a day that I wouldn’t touch an avocado, I had heard they were fattening and I had a lifetime vow to avoid fattening foods….because I thought they would make me fat. I wouldn’t even try one EVER because I didn’t want to like them, so I didn’t want to know if they were even good because I didn’t care. I am now in love with avocados and I know that they will not make me gain weight, in fact they have been proven to do the exact opposite. Don’t get me wrong avocados are made up of 18-30% oil in the form of healthy fat, and this is the exact reason they are so filling. These fruits are so rich in minerals including copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium, iodine, selenium, zinc, folate and phosphorus. They are also a super rich vitamin food with high amounts of Vitamin K and Vitamin A. They are a good source of fiber and they are digested at a slow rate which provides energy for a long period of time. Their high nutritional density makes them a great food for babies!!!
These fruits also known as the “alligator pear” because of their skin contain carotenoids: zeaxanthin, alpha carotene, beta carotene, plus tocophols. These carotenoids are basically used by our bodies to protect our cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and enhances our immune systems. They also contain oleic acid which is helpful in lowering cholesterol. In 1/5 of an avocado there is about 50 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 3 carbs, 1 fiber, and 1 protein. Remember through, these are a highly dense nutritional food and our bodies will use this as fuel. It is not the same as consuming fat in the form of a donut or a cheeseburger….this kind of fat is useful in our bodies. My friend wrote a blog post and listed all of the wonderful things that an avocado is good for…you can view her post here.
How to cut an avocado:
Use a knife and cut it lengthwise around the entire avocado. Twist until you have 2 halves. Use the knife to whack the seed and pull it out, then use a spoon to scoop out the filling.
My favorite way to eat avocado:
1/2 avocado mixed with sea salt, cayenne and juice of a lime…I can dip anything into this mixture!!! It is so good!!!
2-3 tbsp agave
Place all ingredients into food processor and blend, eat immediately!!!
Green Avocado Smoothie
For those brave enough to try a green smoothie try adding 1/4 -1/2 of an avocado to the smoothie….it doesn’t affect the taste only the consistency. It makes a creamier and smoother texture and it is delicious!!!
1 cup spinach
water and ice
Blend together in a blender and enjoy!!!!
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