Recently I’ve been experimenting a bit with different ingredients in my salads. I’ve tried dozens of fruits, vegetables and toppings but one fruit that always makes it’s way on my plate is Avocados (and yes they’re a fruit not a vegetable).
I can’t really pin-point why I like them so much, but I’m glad I’m hooked on them cause they’re really one heck of a power house food!
Because of it’s rich, buttery flavor and texture it compliments a lot of meals – especially salads. You can also mash it and season it to create a popular dip (guacamole) or spread it on your sandwich.
One avocado contains about 200 calories (4-oz) so you never want to eat the whole thing in one shot. It also has more fat and calories than any other fruit. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. you see the fat in an avocado is “monounsaturated” fat which tends to not elevate your blood cholesterol levels like the saturated oils.
The nutrients you’ll get from avocado’s are plentiful!
For starters, one half of a medium avocado will provide you with 500 mg of potassium, more than 16% of the RDA of folate, 10% more of the RDA for iron, Vitamin C, E and B6.
Plus they’re also rich in two phytochemicals – beta-sitosterol (lowers cholesterol levels) and glutathione (antioxidant that may prevent several cancers).
See how it can really be good for your health?
If you want to add something new and healthy to your meals, grab an avocado and mix it in for a cool, refreshing and healthy change.
Got a meal that you love avocado’s with? Share it below!