Avocados – The Green Super Fruit

For a long time, my love of avocados was limited to a serving of guacamole…usually served with tortilla chips!  What I didn’t realize, and you may not either, is that avocados are jam-packed with essential nutrients, and can be enjoyed in a wide variety of ways including blended into smoothies and baked into desserts!

Yes, it’s true, this green super fruit can pretty much do it all.

Benefits of Avocado
Avocados are quickly becoming one of the top “super foods” for promoting good health.  They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are more commonly known as “good fats.” Monounsaturated fats have been shown to reverse insulin resistance and regulate blood sugar levels.  Avocados and avocado oil are some of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats in the world!

They also contain other important nutrients such as carotenoids, fat soluble vitamin A, E and K, water soluble vitamin B and C, trace minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and copper, and have a high amount of antioxidant phytochemicals and phytonutrients!

Given the nutrient density of avocados, it’s no wonder the benefits of this super fruit include better heart and digestive health; healthy skin, hair and eyes; cancer prevention and weight loss, among others.

If you haven’t given avocados a chance yet, here are a few good reasons to add them to your regular diet.

Help fight against stress and oxidation
If you experience high levels of stress—and who doesn’t these days?—try avocados. They contain substantial amounts of antioxidants such as catechins and phenolic, which are responsible for helping you handle stress. They can also protect your body against oxidation.

Achieve youthful and glowing skin
Skin aging? Fine lines? Stubborn dark spots? Wrinkles? Avocado can put an end to all these skin problems. Regular consumption of avocados can help protect your skin from the harmful free radicals associated with premature skin aging.  Flawless and fresh skin really is possible.  Avocados can help you look more beautiful and younger at any age.

Promote brain health
Research has shown that avocados are loaded with the monounsaturated fat that helps boost memory and brain function. If you struggle to recall even simple, important information, eating avocado may help to sharpen your memory.

These monounsaturated fats can also improve neurotransmission and brain activity. Some studies have even suggested that avocados may offer anti-convulsant effects for seizures.

Enhance weight loss
Because of its high water content and low salt content, avocado can be a great way to satiate and eliminate those hunger cravings, allowing you to go longer between meals, and help prevent overeating and snacking, and may even accelerate weight loss!  Avocados are also a good source of protein, having the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit.

Help relieve arthritis pain
Suffering excruciating arthritis-related discomfort? Avocado may be an effective, and natural solution for you.  Avocados are high in ant-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. It can also improve joint function and promote more comfort in everyday movement.

This is just a short list of the benefits of incorporating avocado into your diet. It is a delicious, versatile food that can be used in so many ways in a variety of recipes.

Looking for a new way to try avocados?  Try this yummy smoothie recipe!  It tastes so good, you’ll forget it’s good for you!

CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

1 ½ cups dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew milk are all good options)

1 cup spinach

1 banana

2 tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao

Ice (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

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