Are you one of those people who is obsessed with reading labels? When you are at a grocery or convenience store do you check each and every label? Or are you someone who could really care less and you don’t give food labels the time of day? No matter which side of the spectrum you are on, it is important to know that the best foods for you do not have labels. The best foods are wholesome and loaded with nutrients. You don’t have to check if real foods are good for you, just eat them!
But if you are a label reader, I bet there is a good chance you are constantly checking the fat content of foods… Well, reality check: You do not have to avoid fat like the plague, simply just eat the right kinds of fats.
THE GOOD FATS! Fat is a nutrient that is crucial for your overall health. What is considered to be a “good fat?” So many foods are good fats! Fish, oils, eggs, flaxseed, peanut butter, and other nuts are all great sources of “good fats”. You really can’t go wrong eating any of those in moderation… but here’s a little about one of my personal favorite fatty foods, AVOCADO.
AVOCADO is a monounsaturated fat, a fat that is known to improve blood cholesterol levels which reduce your risk of heart disease.
Eating avocado (IN MODERATION*) is indeed a great way to improve your cholesterol, but the benefits go far beyond JUST lowering your cholesterol!
10 REASONS TO EAT MORE AVOCADOS:
NUTRIENTS: Avocados are loaded with nutrients your body craves: Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E AND MORE!
FIGHT FOOD: Avocados are fighters. Eating avocado helps to fight inflammation. Inflammation in the body is connected to most of today’s modern diseases such as asthma, allergies, cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. Eating avocado can only help you, especially when it comes to the longevity of your health!
ABSORBER: Well that is great…avocados are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Awesome right?! Well…it doesn’t matter how much nutrients we are getting if our bodies are not absorbing the god stuff! Adding avocado to your meals can help to absorb all the nutrients your body is craving!
SHINE: Avocado gives you that glow! A complete bonus of eating avocado is that it helps your hair and skin. Eating avocados is a great way to fight aging!
EYES TOO!: By now most of us know carrots have quite the reputation of helping out our eyesight, but go ahead and add avocados to that category too!
BONE STRENGTH: Every little bit helps, right?! Avocados can’t do it alone, but they definitely contribute to building and retaining stronger bones. Avocados contain bone-healthy nutrients such as Vitamin K, Copper, and Folate.
DIGESTION– Fiber. You have probably heard all about the importance of getting plenty of fiber in your diet in order to keep your digestion system moving smoothly. One avocado actually contains 54% of your recommended daily fiber intake! Most Americans are not getting enough fiber even though most fruits and veggies are loaded with it. Eat more avocados to keep everything in check!
IMMUNE BOOSTER: Eating avocados helps you to fight illness and infection! As mentioned, avocados are a great source of Vitamin B which specifically fights illness and infection, along with Vitamins C and E which are both natural immunity boosters.
ENERGY: Eating avocados can help to give you the pep in your step you have been missing. The healthy fat provides you with a slow but steady stream of energy so you can kill it all throughout your day! Fat is the most concentrated source of energy for your body!
THE TASTE!: Yeah, there’s so many benefits to eating avocados, but don’t forget how great they taste and how versatile they are! Add avocados to anything and everything!
GREAT WAYS TO EAT AVOCADOS
Whether you choose to slice them, cube them, scoop them, or smash them, there are many ways to enjoy avocados. Here are a few of the trendiest ways! Recipes are easy to find online:
Avocado Dark Chocolate Truffles
Avocado Pesto Sauce
Avocado Mango Smoothie
+ Add avocado to anything and everything! Avocado goes great on top of salads, with your burger, add some to your smoothie, or simply eat them plain!
2 ripe Avocados
½ cup medium Tomato (diced)
¼ cup red onion (minced)
¼ cup Cilantro (finely chopped)
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
Easy! In a big bowl, add the peeled avocados and all of the ingredients and simply use a fork to mash and stir! I like mine really chunky so I try to not overdo the mashing. ENJOY!
Add the guacamole to your burgers, scoop with tortilla chips, or throw it on some tacos. Heck, eat it plain. SO GOOD!
Thank you for reading!