Avocados will not make you fat!
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Last week I wrote that avocado is one of my favorite bread topping, and it may require for a little more detailed explanation. Yes, avocados are relatively high in fat and calories (140 kcal and 14g fat in half a medium-sized avocado), and this is why many people cut them out of their diet. This is actually the point where they make a mistake, because avocados are one of the best foods you can put into your mouth, if you want to nourish your body and experience a fantastic culinary experience. And what’s even better, avocados are always in season so you can enjoy them all year round!
I gathered here some facts, which I think will raise avocados in their deserved position. While reading this post, have a little snack made of avocado and you’ll understand better what I mean by saying that it’s my favorite bread topping. Try for example putting mashed avocado on sandwich instead of mayonnaise or on bread instead of butter. You won’t be disappointed!
Nutrient dense treat. In addition to that, in my opinion, avocados taste heavenly good, they also are real health bombs. Each avocado contains over 14 minerals, 18 essential amino acids (protein), vitamins B (folic acid), C and E, an unusually high amount of antioxidants (oil-soluble carotenoids), potassium (more than banana!), chlorophyll and fiber, just to mention few of those good for you- nutrients.
Nutrient booster. Even though you might eat in a healthy way, it doesn’t mean that your body is able to utilize all the nutrients you offer to it. Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping your body to absorb better those fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, K, and some antioxidants like alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein. How about some guacamole and salsa tonight?
Perfect replacement. Avocado adds a creamy consistency to dishes, and is a healthy replacement for milk, butter, cream and cheese, for example. Whether you’re making vegan, lactose free, gluten free or fat free (with this I mean hard fats, like butter) dishes, look no further than avocado.
Protect your skin and eyes. As we live in Spain, it’s particularly important to protect ourselves from the sun. Avocados are perfect sources of two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to block those sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes and skin.
Stop snacking. If you are a person who snacks (a handful of chips there and couple cookies there) many times a day, avocados can help you to change that. Those healthy fats combined with fiber in avocados makes you to feel full, taking away the need to eat more.
Trying to lose weight? Eat fat to lose fat; who would have thought? Studies have shown that avocados can help you with weight-loss and maintaining a healthy BMI as they promote a feeling of satiety. The fat in avocados is healthy kind fat that your body needs to work properly, and avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full.
Try these healthy avocado recipes to get more healthy avocados into your diet:
Baked Eggs In Avocado: http://lavidafresca.com/a-quick-breakfast-option-which-will-keep-you-satisfied/
Healthier Savory Pie: http://lavidafresca.com/healthier-savory-pie/
Super Fast Chocolate Avocado mousse: http://lavidafresca.com/super-fast-chocolate-avocado-mousse/