This blog post is an ode to the avocado! If you haven’t gotten addicted yet to avocados – go for it! It has the nutrients your body needs and is very heart-healthy. One avocado contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals including: 14g of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), 0 mg cholesterol, 12g carbs, 3 g protein, 24% DV Vitamin C and 708 mg potassium – that’s almost 2x potassium than in a banana! It is high in fiber – improving digestion. Avocados are also known for decreasing the risk of depression and protection against cancer.
Having a MUFA at each meal is said to help with weight loss and heart-health, just to name a few benefits. Eating fat slows down the breakdown of carbs, which helps to keep sugar levels in the blood stable. Fat is essential for skin health too.
Almost everyday I have an avocado in my morning smoothie, an avocado in my salad for lunch, and guacamole for a snack with pita chips and carrots. You can say I’m obsessed and I’m proud of it. It’s really hard to get enough potassium, and many gurus try to sell their powdered drinks so you’ll reach your potassium for the day, but I think eating real foods is the way to go – ahem…the avocado is the way to go!
Avocados can be expensive, so I usually buy the bag rather than individual ones – it’s always cheaper. If you shy away from how to cut them open, watch a YouTube video or two or just buy an avocado cutter.