I eat about 5 avocados a week. That probably sounds excessive (and fattening), but this delicious super food has become an important player in my diet —snack or side. I’m down to throw avo on nearly any dish, anytime: on a salad, with eggs, spread on toast, blended in smoothies,…. but my favorite way to enjoy it is all by itself. Cut a ripe avocado in half, pinch of salt + pepper, a little balsamic glaze and some lemon/lime… scoop + enjoy! A quick and easy snack that tastes delicious and creamy and keeps me satisfied for a few hours- perfect before or after a workout.
Not only is this yummy and easy to prepare, eating nutrient-dense avocados has huge health benefits!
I recently found this “Superfoods” cookbook and read some great info on our good friend avo (fun fact: I won this book on The Price is Right)
“Every dieter thinks that luscious avocados are a high-fat, high-calorie treat. But when ripe they are also an almost complete food, supplying lots of potassium, vitamins A and E some B and C vitamins and a little protein and starch, along with avocado oil, which is mainly a monounsaturated fat. Avocado is excellent as an early weaning food when pureed with other vegetables, and for convalescents. It’s good for anyone suffering from stress or sexual problems. Avocados are a particularly rich source of skin-protective antioxidants, especially Vitamin E. Women, in particular, who are often warned off avocados as being extra-high in fat and calories, should eat plenty of this fruit for the sake of their skin. Together with heart-protective monounsaturated oil and other nutrients they contain, they neutralize damaging free radicals. This makes them god for the heart, circulation and anti-aging.”
On average, one avocado is 250 calories, 23g of fat and 760 mg of potassium, which is astonishingly high! One sugar-filled banana has only 422mg of potassium.
Avo all the way!!