Ode to Avocado

Apr 02

avocadoWhen we think of avocados, we usually think of “good fats” – those that increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the “good” fat that fights the “bad” fat. However, women planning to get pregnant (or already are, for that matter), take note: the avocado is an excellent source of folic acid – more folate per ounce than any other fruit! You’ll receive 22% of your daily needs in just 1 cup! To top that off, avocados are high in vitamin K and dietary fiber. Yes, avocados are a superfood.

I consume around 3 whole avocados every week. Here are some great ways to incorporate avocados into your dietary plan:

  1. Replace your sandwich cheese and mayonaise with 1/4 avocado.
  2. Instead of salad dressing, cut up 1/2 avocado and mix well.
  3. Make guacamole and dip with your favorite spear vegetable.
  4. Enjoy an avocado roll in your sushi lineup.
  5. Search for an avocado/yogurt/cucumber soup recipe.
  6. Make a roasted beet & avocado salad.
  7. Toss an avocado into your smoothie for a creamy finish.

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