Avocados are one of my favorite foods when I’m embracing a healthier way of eating that focuses on whole foods instead of highly processed foods. They are quick and easy to eat, taste great, and help me curb cravings that might cause me to overeat on less-healthy alternatives. In fact, when I was teaching childbirth education classes and did extra study on nutrition, we learned that one way to avoid over-eating on things like candy bars or processed ice cream, was to make sure we were eating the right kinds of fats – like those found in avocados.
Benefits of Avocados
That’s why I quickly accepted when I had the opportunity to partner with Hass Avocado Board to share more information with you about avocados and their benefits. I’m being compensated for my time but all opinions are my own, as always. I feel like there are still a lot of people who avoid healthy foods mistakenly believing that all fats are bad. Nothing could be further from the truth, however.
Avocados are high in a fat called monounsaturated fat, which is beneficial to the body. Saturated fats are the “bad fats” as my kiddos call them. Here’s a great comparison chart so you can see the breakdown of key nutritional values in avocado compared to other common condiments or spreads. They are so nutrient-dense and comparatively low in calories, they are an excellent addition to anyone trying to eat healthier.
I remember, I first fell in love with avocados when I was pregnant with my first born. I had a hard time eating enough food in the last trimester because I would feel full so quickly. It became increasingly important for me to make every bite as rich in nutrients as possible and avocados were quickly added to the list of top foods by my health care professional. I fell in love with them and have been enjoying them ever since!
How to Eat Avocados
The easiest way to eat them for me is to just slice them up, spread them out on a piece of whole wheat toast, and munch away!
One of our contributors on Untrained Housewife gives several ideas for how to substitute avocado in several other dishes for healthier meals.
The unique consistency that avocados have make them excellent for a wide variety of dishes. Did you know you can even make healthy desserts out of them? Try this avocado chocolate mousse or chocolate avocado pudding for real food versions of yummy treats.
It’s also super easy to add avocados to a main dish. One of my favorite ways to top grilled salmon is with diced avocado and pico. Chicken is also enhanced with avocado and rosemary in this dish, and with avocado, cilantro, and lime in this recipe.
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