It seems that avocados are becoming more popular in today’s daily diet plans, and for good reason. This wonderfully delectable… FRUIT (avocados have been categorized as berries, because they fit the botanical criteria for a berry), is super dense with nutrients and healthy fats. They are the perfect substitute for spreads on bread, a great ingredient for sweet delicacies, amazing in smoothies, and a delicious addition to fresh salads. So why are avocados so great for you, and what are some creative ways to incorporate them into your diet?
Another one of natures superfoods, avocados are high in potassium (more so than bananas!), fiber, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Though avocados are fatty, it is not the type of processed fat we associate with being unhealthy, instead, the fat contents of an avocado are filled with Oleic acid, which is also present in olive oil. Oleic acid has been linked to decreasing inflammation in ones body, as well as having beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. Avocados can also lower cholesterol in the body, and is helpful in the absorption of nutrients from other plant foods when eaten in unison. Avocados are also healers of the eyes, and are loaded with very powerful antioxidants.
HOW TO EAT MORE:
The easiest way to eat an avocado is by sprinkling it lightly with some salt and pepper, and maybe a bit of spicy pepper flakes, but for those who don’t enjoy this style, we have a few other, more creative ideas!
Cut the avocado in half, scoop the seed out, crack an egg into where the seed used to be, and bake the avocado.
Another option is to take a healthy, whole grain slice of fresh bread, mash up your avocado and spread it onto the slice of bread. Top your avocado mash with fresh tomatoes, lime and radishes, and you have an amazingly delicious and healthy meal!
Mmm.. sounds strange, but avocados can not only be added as a garnish to any soup, but you can also make fresh soup out of avocados for that warm, summer day.
Avocado Grapefruit Soup:
A favorite of ours, this soup if high in so many nutrients, and the combination of avocado and grapefruit brings out even more nutrients in the avocado.
The ingredients you need:
1 bunch fresh watercress (stems discarded)
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
Juice from 1 lime
1 cup vegetable broth
3/4 cup ice water
Himalayan salt (to taste)
1 cup finely diced cucumber
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Cut the grapefruit and squeeze the juice through a strainer, keeping the juice in a separate bowl, and keeping the pulp.
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and blanch the watercress. Quickly move the watercress to the ice water, then strain it and squeeze out excess water, afterwards chop it finely.
In a blender, puree the ginger, avocados, grapefruit juice, lime juice and watercress. Add the chilled vegetable broth and ice water to the blender, and puree until well combined.
Serve garnished with chopped cucumber and chives.
On the grill:
Avocado can be cut into thick slices and grilled, then served alongside other grilled foods, making it a delicious addition.
Avocado can be added to any smoothie really, and will result in a more robust, thick drink. Here is an example of a tasty smoothie we’ve tried out and loved!
1 ripe avocado, peeled and deseeded
1/2 pineapple cut into chunks
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup coconut milk
These are just a very few simple ways to incorporate avocados into your diet, but there is no shortage of methods to make them the base of your dessert, such as chocolate cake, chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse.
Remember to eat the most avocados when they are in season, as seasonal fruits and vegetables will have the most nutritious benefits, and are least likely to be filled with chemicals and hormones to promote growth. Organic avocados will have the most flavor as well!