Avocado – Ingredient of the week

As I start to write this blog post on the health benefits of avocados, my mouth is watering and all I can think of is making a big plate of zesty, smashed avocado with the perfectly poached egg – because who doesn’t love the addition of avocado to their breakfast. So tasty, nutritious and creamy!

Believe it or not avocados are extremely versatile. I love to make all sorts of dishes with them. I like to blitz them up into a creamy salad dressing or pasta sauce, bake them in the oven or make a yummy guacamole with them when entertaining family and friends! You can finely slice them and add to salads, wraps or a homemade Mexican feast! Did you know you can even buy avocado oil too which is absolutely delicious!

So what are the health benefits of avocados?

Healthy fats –

Avocados are made up of heart healthy fats (omega 3s and mono-unsaturated fats) with roughly 20 grams of fat per fruit. Mono-unsaturated fats are easily burned by the body for energy and may help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL’s) and increase good cholesterol (HDL’s). Many important vitamins are fat soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E & K) meaning we need to eat healthy fats such as avocados so that we can absorb these vitamins and nourish our bodies.

Weight loss –

Avocados also contain lots of fiber with about 27% of the recommended daily dosage in just one fruit. Fibre is a big part in weight loss and your metabolic health, it can help you remain regular and prevent any blood sugar spikes! The fat content in avocado can also make you feel satisfied and full which helps keep your hunger at bay!

Nourish

Avocados contain many micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). They have more potassium than a banana which helps regulate blood pressure levels. They contain vitamin E, B Vitamins and Folic Acid which is beneficial for those trying to fall pregnant and even help during pregnancy!

Avocados are a real super food and should be included into everyone’s diet, just make sure you don’t over do them if you are trying to loose weight because although they are rich, creamy and nutritious they are also quite high in calories.

What are your favourite ways of including this humble fruit into your diet? Let me know in the comments below.

L Xx

 

 

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Lucy Thomson

Lucy Thomson

My name is Lucy Thomson and I have a huge passion for all things health, fitness, food & nutrition!

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