Avocados: Versatile and Healthy
Category : Health
What’s not to love about avocados? They are an amazingly versatile fruit. You can chop them, grill them, freeze them, spread them, smash them, mash them and blend them. They are all around amazing!
Creative Ways to Use and Prepare Avocados
1. In smoothies
2. Spread on toast
3. As a butter substitute in mashed potatoes
4. As “French Fries”
5. In a pesto
6. In salads
7. In guacamole
8. As a salad dressing
9. As a creamy pasta sauce
10. As a grilled side dish
11. In avocado ‘ice cream”
12. In muffins
13. In avocado cake
14. Avocado popsicles
15. Avocado pudding
16. As a substitute for sour cream
17. In humous
18. In cake icing
19. In cheeseless cheese cake
20. Stuffed with “whatever”
And it’s soooooo… healthy too!!
1. Eye health and vision
Avocados contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. These are important antioxydants for the eyes. These two antioxydants help fight against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
2. Heart health
Avocados are one of the best plant food sources of mono and poly unsaturated fats. Eating avocados regularly can lower cholesterol levels and decreaseLDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
3. Skin health
Avocados contain the fatty acid omega 9 or oleic acid which is involved in both the maintenance of skin moisture in the epidermis and skin cell regeneration and repair. As well, avocados contain vitamin E, which fights against skin cell damage (from the sun and pollution, among other elements). Vitamin C helps to produce collagen and elastin.
Avocados can lead to a better, clearer, healthier skin complexion.
4. Hormonal health
Avocados are one of the best sources of essential fats needed for hormone production and regulation. They contain plant sterols which balance out the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, helping both sexes to have high energy levels and muscular development and retention.
5. Digestive health
The high (soluble) fibre content of avocados helps in the prevention of constipation issues by absorbing water and loosening stools. The B-complex vitamins in avocados aide in the conversion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates from food into energy, resulting in increased energy. Avocados also contain potassium and magnesium, both of which are necessary synergetic electrolytes in preventing dehydration.
6. Bone health
Since avocados contain several important minerals and vitamins (calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin D), all of which are needed in the strengthening of bones, consuming this fruit is helpful in keeping our bones healthy and strong.
There is so much to say on the health benefits of eating avocados. They are healthy and delicious to eat as well. And, with so many ways to use them, there is something for everyone.
How do you use avocado? I would love to hear your awesome ideas.
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Diana’s passions are family, travel, self-improvement, living a debt-free/financially free life. She also loves hanging out with family, friends and being with her dog Skye. You can connect with her through Livingandstuff.ca
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