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Friday, December 13, 2013

Add a little Avocado to your diet!

Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to talk about the natural goodness of avocados! When I did my internship out in Los Angeles, Ca I was astonished by the fact that almost every resultant (fast food included) had fresh avocados available. Once I added them to my deli sandwich I was hooked! Every since then I have added them to many dishes and snacks.

Ways I incorporate avocados:
  • My morning omelet- egg whites with chopped peppers, low-fat cheese, freshly slice avocado, topped with salsa! 
  • My turkey sandwich- I either spread masked avocado on the bread or just add a layer of sliced avocado.  
  • And of course with my fajitas and other Mexican cuisines! One of the most popular dips is Guacamole. Want to learn how to prepare it? Visit here! I will just add them as a side. Often times I will mix the beans and fat-free sour cream together with fresh mashed avocados and spread it inside my whole wheat tortilla! Delicious! 
  • Did you know that you can add avocado to fresh kale to make the kale extra tender adding even more nutrition to your plate or your smoothie cup! 
  • I have even used them as part of my beauty regimen! Avocado masks are refreshing to the skin! Some what of an avocado glow =)

Why do we love avocados? The healthy fats & many micro-nutrients of course! A few other Amazing Benefits of Avocados:

  • Cholesterol and sodium-free with less than 1 gram of sugar per 1 oz. serving. Hello heart health!
  • Virtually the only fruit with monounsaturated fat
  • Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit. Great with seasonal squash or sweet potato for the added nutrient absorption of Vitamin A.
  • Nutrient-dense, can contribute to the nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to one’s diet.

**Fresh avocados guarantees the most nutrition!**
The one tip I always stress when I'm lecturing or counseling is focus on finding nutrient-rich foods to add to your plate. Avocados are a perfect nutrient dense food to add to your diet. 

Want more ideas & recipes? Check out LoveOneToday. I love that you can find recipes and then have the site generate your grocery list accordingly. If you have never tried an avocado I challenge you to Love One Today and add to a favorite dish! Just another great way to add nutrient-rich foods to your diet!! Let's chat! How do you like your avocados??

Continue reading as I continue my mission: Healthy Huggins!

Disclaimer: Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the website. 

1 comment:

  1. I love avocados and it's one of the food that I eat even when I went on a 3 Day Military diet. It's packed with nutrients and potassium plus the good fats! I've put some on my open faced sandwich to fill me up. I guess the key to losing weight is to exercise and practise portion control, calorie counting and drink more water. It also helps to have a fitness buddy in your road to fitness. For more of this amazing diet, here's the resource page I've found:


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