Why The Health Is This Good For Me?: Avocados
Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Whatever you consider the versatile avocado (it is a fruit, by the way), it should definitely have a place in your regular meals. Aside from flavor, avocados have plenty of F’s to go around: fiber, folate and monounsaturated fat (MUFAs). Fiber helps keep you full. Folate is a B vitamin best known for helping prevent birth defects. And what about MUFAs? The jolly green health giant known as the avocado may have gotten a bad rap in the past as being high in fat, but it’s the avocado's healthy fats that contribute to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to burn belly fat. MUFAs also help keep you satisfied in a hand-out-of-the-candy-drawer kind of a way. In other words, avocado is a fruit and a source of fat that you don’t want to miss -- and pretty much nothing else like it exists.
Whether you’re guac-ing and rolling with some guac and chips or slicing and schmearing some avocado on your sammies, you’re giving your body plenty of vitamins B6, C and K, which are essential to glowing skin and strong nails, healthy bones and teeth, high energy and a tough-as-nails immune system. And ever heard of carotenoids? No, they aren’t miniature carrots (although they are most often associated with bright orange or red veggies), but rather antioxidants famous for protecting you from cancer and heart disease -- and avocados are full of ‘em. With a list of health benefits that long, it’s easy to understand why these green guys should always make the top of your grocery list.
You probably know that avocados make a great salad topper, but have you ever tried making avocado ice cream? Just freeze a couple avocados for a few hours, toss into a food processor with a teaspoon of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup coconut milk, and blend away. For an adult twist, add a little tequila and lime. You can also toss your traditional vinaigrette and add avocado dressing to your next salad. Combine 1/8 mashed avocado with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Bonus? Those healthy fats will help your body absorb the nutrients in your oh-so-healthy salad. Go you!