Monday, December 9, 2013

Avocados: Love One Today

Have you loved an avocado today?!
With the amazing benefits of avocados what is not to love?

I love avocados for several reasons. The nutrient-dense properties (contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals to your diet) coupled with the delicious creamy texture they offer make fresh avocados one of my favorite food choices. 

Avocados are virtually the only fruit with monounsaturated fats.  The smooth texture offers an excellent replacement for saturated fats without sacrificing flavor.  Avocados can be substituted for butter in many baked goods.  The high water content of avocados can create a softer, chewier, and less crumbly treat.  

Avocados act as a "nutrient booster" by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods that are eaten with the fruit.  Perfect to pair with seasonal squash or sweet potato for enhanced absorption of vitamin A.  

A one ounce serving of the natural goodness will only set you back 50 calories and contains no cholesterol.  Avocados are sodium free.

I enjoy eating avocados in a variety of ways. Below are a few of my favorite uses and recipes for avocados.

1.  Cube small pieces of avocado and add to your favorite fruit or lettuce salad.
Strawberry and Avocado Salad 
2.  Slice up avocado and include on your favorite protein source or sandwich.
Balsamic Avocado Walnut Crusted Chicken
3.  Mash up with tomato and cilantro for a guacamole dip
Easy Guacamole
4.  Combine mashed avocado with shredded chicken and use as a sandwich filling
Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
5.  Spread mashed avocado on a sandwich or cracker.
Avocado Triscuit Snack
6.  Include mashed avocado as part of a layered dip
Guiltless 7 Layer Dip

6.  To keep it simple just slice up avocado and add salt and pepper.

Love one today!
Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

*Disclaimer: Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own unique experiences. For nutrition on avocados, please visit the site.

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