So when you’re asked by someone “what is your favorite food”, what do you say? Mine happens to be an Avocado. I love them for so many reasons.
First of all, they are very good for you. Avocados provide numerous health benefits, as they are naturally rich in nutrients and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. Avocados are also an excellent source of healthy fats, as well as omega-3s, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health. Avocados are also an excellent source of riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, lutein and beta-carotene.
Second, they are amazing for long-term health! With all those nutrients, good fats and fiber in avocados can help naturally lower LDL and raise your good HDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar and tamp down inflammation throughout the body and brain. With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why it’s called a superfood.
Lastly, avocados play well with other foods on your plate. With their distinct fresh green flavor and creamy (dairy-free!) texture, avocados work well with many other foods. What’s truly remarkable though is that the research indicates that avocados can help with the absorption of carotinoids, the compounds found in orange and red fruits and veggies that can help protect against cancer. So while they may seem a bit indulgent, avocados could turn out to be lifesavers.
Here few ways to dig in:
1.Enjoy an avocado half as a nutritious side dish with your morning eggs instead of potatoes or toast. 2. Spread a few slices on toasted whole-grain bread for a quick pre-workout or mid-day snack.
3. Add a half to your lunchtime salad to keep you full till dinner — and hold the mayo!
4. Add as a delicious “mix-in” for quinoa, beans or wild rice.
5. Top hot or cold soups with avocado chunks to add fiber and “super-size” the nutrients in your bowl.
6. Blend with lemon juice and plain greek yogurt and whip into a nutritious creamy salad dressing or add a touch more liquid and drizzle the sauce over chicken and fish dishes.
7. Blend up your own super-nutritious home-made baby food by combining avocado with fruits and veggies to get little ones off to a healthy start.
Buying avocados? The good news is that conventionally grown avocados make the Environmental Working Group’s Clean 15 List, meaning they’re relatively free of pesticides, and are OK to eat as an alternative to organic versions.
Cut into your avocado before it’s fully ripened? Spritz the exposed fruit with lemon juice, cover or wrap tightly and let it ripen in the fridge for a day or two. If that’s not enough, salvage the fruit, cut into chunks and add to your next smoothie.