Education, Nutrition
Avocados taste great, are incredibly versatile and even have incredible health benefits. Check out why you need to make avocados a part of your diet. 1. Avocados are delicious on their own, but you can also add spices to create a variety of amazing recipes including guacamole, dressings, soups, smoothies, and even desserts (see below for some yummy recipe ideas).
  • Guacamole. Just add fresh salsa to mashed up avocado. If you don't like onions, just add lime juice, cilantro and sea salt to mashed up avocado-yum!
  • Dressing. Add organic greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and sea salt to 1/2 mashed avocado and blend.
  • Soup. Add avocado instead of cream to make creamy soups.
  • Smoothies. My latest discovery that I LOVE is to add avocado to smoothies to make them rich and creamy and super filling.
2. Avocados can help you lose weight. Yes! According to research published in the Nutrition Journal, eating just one-half a low-carb avocado with lunch may satiate you if you're overweight (or if you're not). This may help prevent snacking. This is due to its high content of healthy fats, high fiber content that will keep you satisfied longer, but will also help your body burn fat for energy. 3. Avocados may help you absorb nutrients. Vitamins A, D, E, and K can only be absorbed with fat in your body. Without fat, you can eat foods with these crucial vitamins until the cows come home, but if you don't have fat to transport them, they won't get absorbed. Because avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, they will help your body take in all of these essential vitamins. 4. Avocados have cancer-fighting elements. Avocados are rich in carotenoids, antioxidants, which have been known to help combat cancer. 5. Cholesterol fighting fruit. Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve LDL bad cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) as well as blood triglycerides. 6. Higher in potassium than bananas. Potassium is abundant in avocados and is important in helping regulate and/or lower blood pressure levels. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. 7. Avocados are abundant in fiber. Fiber is non-digestible plant food that is crucial to help food move efficiently throughout and out of the body. Fiber contributes to improve blood sugar control and weight management. 8. Avocados contain a ton of healthy fats. Good fat doesn't make you fat, contrary to slick marketing that has brainwashed our country into thinking so. Healthy monounsaturated fats, such as the Oleic fatty acid in avocados, can help to lose weight and is also linked to reduced inflammation and beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. 9. Avocados provide many nutrients, in which many people are deficient. Avocados boast 20 different vitamins and minerals including potassium, B-vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K along with magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and more.  Thank you Jill for encouraging us to eat more avocados! For more healthy tips by Jill go to jillthehealthcoach.com.   All material in this newsletter is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction.  No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this publication;instead readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  The information provided has not been approved the Food & Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. ​