I absolutely adore avocados, and I eat a few every week. Why? The texture, the flavor, the creaminess, the variety of things you can do with an avocado… the list is endless! Besides tasting damn good, the avocado is incredibly healthy despite its bad rep for being high in fat, and there are many great ways to incorporate them into your diet.
Recent research has shown that absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—increases significantly when fresh avocado is added to an otherwise avocado-free salad. In fact, one cup of avocado added to a salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots increased absorption of carotenoids between 200-400%.
While avocado is a high-fat food (about 85% of its calories come from fat), the fat contained in avocado is unusual and provides many health benefits such as reducing your risk of heart disease. Other health benefits include:
- Promoting heart health
- Anti-inflamatory benefits
- Optimizes absorption of carotenoids
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Promotes blood sugar regulation
- Prevents certain cancers
There are many ways to prepare avocado. Here are a few of my favorites:
Avocado & Toast
If it sounds really simple, that is because it is. I take half a ripe avocado, toast a slice of whole wheat bread, put the avocado on top of the bread after it is toasted, and enjoy this simple and delicious meal or snack. Sometimes I like to sprinkle some garlic powder over it for extra flavor.
Quick and Simple Guacamole
Making Guacamole can be quick and easy. For two servings: Mash 1 ripe avocado and mix in 1/4 cup white onion, salt to taste, garlic powder to taste, and a dash of your favorite hot sauce. Good to go!
Sliced Avocado on top of…. Anything
Next time you grill some chicken, top it with sliced avocado to enjoy an unusual twist on a usually average meal. Do the same with whatever protein you cook up that you think it could work with… experiment and enjoy!