October 21, 2019

The Health Benefits of Eating Avocados

The avocado is such a simple yet delicious, nutrient rich and calorie dense fruit (berry to be exact). It’s the perfect addition to any lifestyle but especially great for those of us that want to gain weight as avocados are very high in fats; with approx. 3/4 of the calories coming from fat. I’ll talk you through some of the benefits and properties, some tips and of course, ways to eat your avocados.

HEALTH BENEFITS…

As well as being high in fat, the avocado boasts a number of healthful properties to keep you healthy and happy. Here are a few:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • High in potassium – to help keep your blood pressure under control. Avocados contain more than twice the amount found in bananas!
  • Low in fructose
  • Fiber – aids digestion
  • Vitamin E – is great for nourishing the skin
  • B-vitamins – fight off disease and infection
  • Folate – crucial for cell repair

WAYS TO EAT IT…

Just like other foods I’ve share, the avocado is so versatile and people are creative – the two together means an abundance of recipes. I’m sharing five ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle. That includes, breakfast, lunch, as a snack, for dessert and in a drink! As with everything, be sure to eat in moderation and add this food to your lifestyle if you’re looking to gain weight in as healthiest a way you can or if you’re simply looking for tasty, healthful food.

Breakfast – to get some avocado first thing in the morning, use it as a spread on your toast! Follow this simple, yet delicious Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast recipe to make your own.

Lunch – a delicious Chickpea, Avocado and Feta Salad would be perfect. for lunch! Feta cheese and avocado work so well together, plus I love chickpeas.

Snack – if you’re looking for a more adventurous way to eat/snack on an avocado, try this Baked Avocado Fries recipe with a delicious dip to go with it.

Dessert – I can never say no to chocolate so this Mexican Avocado Chocolate Mousse just screamed out to me. How delicious does it look plus it’s super quick and easy to make!

Drink – I’ve seen a lot of smoothie recipes that incorporate avocado. It just makes consuming them so much easier and it’s perfect for starting your morning right on days when you don’t have enough time to whip up something jazzy for breakfast.

Tips

  • When you’ve split your avocado lengthways, use an avocado cuber or slicer for easy removal
  • You can freeze avocados – the best way to do this is in pureed form which is perfect for dips and as a spread over bread. The steps: when ripened, remove the peel and pit. In a food processor, puree with approx. 1tbsp of lemon or lime juice. Place the puree into a freezer bag, label and it’s ready to freeze.
  • To stop your avocados turning brown – keep the pit in it (once cut in half), add a chunk of onion and seal in Tupperware.
  • For a lowdown on everything to do with storage, cutting, choosing and ripening head to All About Avocado Storage from Livin’ The Crunchy Life.
  • Use the ‘nick and peel’ method to avoid losing the healthy carotenoids which are closest to the peel.

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