Are you in? All in for avocados, I should say. It truly is a fruit superstar, although you may not think of them as being a typical fruit. Avocados were once scorned for their high fat content. But remember, the kind of fat they contain is actually good for you, albeit you should have avocados in moderation. Speaking of their fat, they contain healthy monounsaturated fat, shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels and stabilize blood sugar. Here's another bit of good news about the avocado. In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, overweight and obese people who ate one avocado a day as part of a diet with moderate amounts of fat had better cholesterol readings than those who didn't. You may not want to eat an entire avocado everyday, due to their high calorie content, but adding them to your daily food plans in moderate amounts is surely a healthy thing to do.
Wait'll you hear about all the benefits you get from eating an avacado.
As far as their calorie counts go, half of an avocado will come in at about 130 calories which really isn't too bad. On my FoodMover, one serving-size equals one-eighth of a medium avocado and you would close one Primarily Unsaturated Fat window. But look at all the nutrients you get with those avocados. Potassium, magnesium, vitamins A & C, a healthy dose of fiber and they also contain beta-sitosterol, which gives your avocado its bad cholesterol-lowering benefit. They're tasty enough on their own but let me give you some ways to work those servings of healthy avocados into your daily diet.
At breakfast time, how's about this one. Remove the pit and a bit of the flesh. Then crack an egg into the cavity and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Yummy for breakfast! Or you could freeze some peeled halves of an avocado, adding it to your breakfast or lunch time smoothies, for extra creaminess.
At lunch, mash your avocado and use it in place of mayonnaise in an egg salad. (Use 1 1/2 avocado for every six eggs.) Or blend a whole avocado with a can of white beans, a little arugula, lemon juice and olive oil for a tasty avocado-based hummus. It makes for a great dip or sandwich spread.
Avacados are a good for your body super-fruit!
For dinner, combine one large chopped avocado with a pound of ground chicken or turkey for a moist and healthy alternative to beef burgers. You'll love it!
Oh, you avocados! We love you and like I pointed out earlier, those avocados are gonna love your body, right back. So let's go all in this week...for avocados. They're a good-for-you super-fruit offering some good news...for your good health!