• 26 JUL 16
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    The Health Perks of the Avocado

    The Health Perks of the Avocado

    As Californians, we have been fortunate to grow up eat­ing the avocado; but those of you from other parts of the country and the world may not understand its allure.

    From the outside, the fruit’s skin does not look very appealing, with its dimpled and not very attractive dark green color.  Don’t let that deter you from eating this delicious, nutrient-rich fruit. Once you taste the rich, meaty inside you will understand.

    The avocado doesn’t just taste delicious; it is also chocked full of good nutrition.

    Initially thought to be a high-fat dietary enemy that one should avoid, the avocado fruit is now revered for its beneficial plant-based fat, and recommended as part of a healthy diet. It contains heart-healthy fat, more potassium than a banana, has anti-inflammatory benefits, and is rich in fiber.  It also increases absorption of other key nutrients. Contrary to popular belief, consuming fat is essential to normal growth and development.

    The avocado promotes satiety, helping you stay full longer, which can actually assist with weight loss.  Adding avocado to your daily diet comes with benefits, and here’s an easy way to make that happen:  Toss some diced avocado into your salad, a smooth­ie or an omelet.  Slice it, mash it, or fill it up with some shrimp. Which ever way you decide eat to it, you won’t be disappointed.

     

    AVOCADO  SMOOTHIE

    1/2 of a ripe avocado

    1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk, unsweetened

    1 cup plain Greek yogurt, Fage brand or comparable

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 tablespoon honey

    4-5 ice cubes

    Just blend and drink.

     

    FRESH GUACAMOLE

    3 whole avocados, diced

    3 whole medium-sized tomatoes, diced

    1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

    Juice of one lime

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Add diced jalapenos to your liking

    Mix and serve.

     

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