Avocado is another one of these wonder products that everyone says you should have and most of us blindly follow along but I’m going to give you the low down on what’s so great about them so you can decide whether you want or need them in your diet or not. Here we go….
The avocado is native to Mexico and central America and is fortunately available all year round so you don’t need to plan your annual meal plan around them! As with a lot of “wonder products” they are best used raw rather than cooked otherwise you end up losing some of their amazing qualities.
Avocados are high in fat (don’t panic!) it’s high in the healthy monounsaturated fat which are vital for weight loss. The oelic acid in them is perfect for improving the skin (by eating them or just applying it to your skin in a nice homemade face mask!).
They are full of antioxidants thereby protecting your body’s cells from free radical damage and reduces the signs of ageing! Woo hoo!! This list keeps getting better and better!!
Avocados have tons of vitamins such as B & K which means it will improve your circulation, boost immunity, moisturises your skin and tastes amazing whilst your doing it 🙂 It’s got a creamy flavour to it so it feels like you’re eating some rich and delicious and terribly naughty! And with vitamins here comes the minerals; manganese, copper, magnesium and potassium.
It’s great at reducing the risk of heart disease because it reduces levels of LDL cholesterol and increases the HDL cholesterol which is protective of the cardiovascular system.
Finally the almighty avocado has essential omega 9 fat acids. What’s great about this? Well it means that it will help with absorbing the vitamins and antioxidants of the other food you’re eating with it! So if you eat avocados with nice leafy salads and some butternut squash you will be absorbing all the right stuff and the lbs will drop off of you!
So how should you eat avocados? Here’s some yummy recipes that might help you out:
- Avocado Omelettes
- Avocado stuffed burgers
- Bake an egg on top of an avocado
- 365 days of bacon – mini bacon and guacamole cups
- Chocolate and avocado pudding
- Make a really simple guacamole by mixing the avocado with tomato, garlic and chillies, just mix quantities to your taste.
Love Roo xx