Avocado is one of my favorite foods. It is delicious and filling, giving you the nutrients you need so you don’t end up snacking on unhealthy foods between your meals.
They are rich sources of vitamins K, B6, C, E, folate (a B vitamin) and the minerals potassium and copper. They also have a super abundance of dietary fiber. Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol and has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, prostate cancer and oral cancer. Enjoying a few slices of avocado in your salad or mixing it in your favorite salsa will greatly increase your body’s ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide. Avocados have 60% more potassium than bananas and they have the highest fiber content of any fruit (75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber). An avocado can be a meal unto itself; it is a perfect food.
Here are a few ways I like to enjoy my avocados that you may want to try:
- Cuban-style – Slice half an avocado over lettuce; add red onion and your favorite white vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Vegan-style – Sprinkle nutritional yeast on your serving of avocado, half or whole, to give It a cheesy, nutty flavor. Nutritional yeast is vegan and a great source of vitamin B12.
- Smoothie-style– Adding a quarter of avocado to your smoothie will instantly give it a thicker consistency, which helps fill you up. A nice combo for smoothies is avocado and frozen banana. You can add your protein powder and greens (like spinach and/or kale) to this for a nutritious and filling meal.
- Sandwich-style – Make a nutrient and protein-rich sandwich by spreading your favorite hummus on sprouted bread and adding avocado and sprouts.
Hope you enjoy trying one or all of these ways to avocado. Let me know what you think and share your ideas, too!