Avocado; an essential part of your diet and health

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Learn how to make the best guacamole (click pic).

For years I would specifically ask for “NO” guacamole on my nachos when ordering them in a restaurant.  I just didn’t like the look of it and never really gave it a chance even when my husband would say, “just try it!”  More recently I traveled to Santa Barbara California to visit some friends at their beautiful home.  When we walked through the door we smelled fresh lime, cilantro and garlic and wondered what it was they were cooking up.

They had made plans to attend a concert before they knew we were coming to visit, so they gave us the run of their house, offered us some wine and had made a HUGE bowl of guacamole for us to snack on.  I looked at my husband and said, “Hm-mm, that smells really good, I kind of want to try it.”  I dipped a tortilla chip into this luscious-looking bright green mixture full of chopped red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and of course that sweet smelling garlic and was absolutely blown away.  Turns out, guacamole was one of the most delicious foods that I have ever eaten!

That was a day to remember and also to note that you should always try everything because that’s what life is all about, but also food prepared at home is by far so much better and healthier than any restaurant.  Since then life has changed quite a bit for us and avocados are a part of our weekly menu and are always on our grocery list.  They are an essential part of a healthy diet and can be used in so many ways outside of guacamole.

Here are some nutritional facts about avocados.

1. Avocados are an antioxidant booster because they contain glutathione; which boosts your immune system while keeping your nervous system healthy.

2. Avocados contain more natural fiber than any other fruit that aids in digestion and helps regulate blood sugar.

3. Avocados contain heart healthy oleic acid; which improves your cardiovascular system. They also contain vitamin B6 and folic acid that control homocysteine levels that are linked to heart disease.

4. Avocados contain lutein to protect you from age-related eye degeneration.

5. Avocados increase collagen production, keeping your skin looking young and fresh.

6. An avocado contains 35% more potassium than a banana.

Sometimes avocados get a bad wrap for being fattening when they actually provide healthy fat and protein to your diet.  Adding half of an avocado to a BLT or a salad will keep you feeling fuller longer while also providing all of the health benefits mentioned above. Imagine doing all of those wonderful things for your body with just one food?  If you already love to eat avocados you know exactly what I am saying here, but if you haven’t given them a fair chance as I did, consider doing so today.

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