This week I would like to discuss avocado which is one of the best sources of fat! Yes fat is essential for health, the right kind of fat that is. Avocado’s have an abundance of monounsaturated fats. Sometimes when people are trying to eat healthy they try to reduce fat as much as possible. In their minds eating too much fat will equal an increase of fat on their bodies. I will spare you the biochemistry lesson and simply tell you that the right fat can actually decrease fat storage on your body. Why? Because fat calories make you feel fuller longer and helps keep you from eating empty calories. There have been numerous studies pointing avocado consumption to reduced belly fat, that could partly be due to their high fiber content. Avocados are filled with vitamins A, C, E and K. From a mineral standpoint they contain potassium, copper, and iron. Avocados have one of the highest amino acid contents of all fruit, including glutamine, which is healing for the gut and helps protect skin from environmental damage. They are easy to digest and have anti-aging benefits. I recommend eating avocados at least twice a week. Stick to only 1/2 avocado per serving as they are still high in calories.
Avocado & Blueberry Salad:
3 cups blueberries
1 medium avocado, peeled and cut into 1-inch squares
3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. powdered stevia or about 10-12 drops liquid stevia
Add the blueberries and avocado to a mixing bowl. Whisk together the lime juice and stevia, and pour over the fruit. Gently toss together, being careful not to smash the avocado.
Gail Perrella, M.S., C.N.S