Famed for their delicious taste and creamy texture, most people don’t realize just how beneficial avocados can be for helping you achieve that summer beach body.
In fact, avocados are among the most nutrient-dense fruits, providing an excellent source of vitamin E, B vitamins, fiber, and potassium. Bananas are often praised for having a high potassium content, but one avocado actually contains three times more potassium than two bananas! For an excellent electrolyte replacement, enjoy an avocado sprinkled with sea salt.
Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados can help you burn fat while increasing nutrient absorption and giving you long-lasting energy to sustain you throughout your day. Don’t let calories or fat scare you. Eat for nutrients and satiation. Your body and brain perform best when well-nourished.
An excellent addition to any meal, this amazing fruit adds beautiful color, rich flavor, and creamy texture. In addition, avocados are a great replacement for dairy such as cheese, sour cream, and mayo.
Haas or Fuerte?
Although there are many varieties, Haas and Fuerte are most common. The small, black, pebbly-skinned Haas avocados are creamy, making them best in guacamole, smoothies, and dressings. The large, green, smooth-skinned Fuerte avocados retain shape well, making them ideal sliced in salads or omelets.
Picking The Perfect Avocado
To test for ripeness, flick off the stem. The fruit is ripe if the stem comes off easily and you see green underneath. Discard the avocado if the stem does not come off easily or if you see brown underneath.
Fresh Chunky Guacamole
The key to mouthwatering guacamole is to keep it simple with high quality ingredients. This recipe is delicious served as a dip for organic corn tortilla chips or sliced bell peppers and baby carrots. Add a spoonful to an omelet, salad or sandwich for a tasty treat.
Yields 1 1/2 cups
2 ripe Haas avocados
1 tablespoon red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 jalapeño chile, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
To taste fine sea salt
1 lime, juiced
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This treat is perfect for curbing carb cravings, stabilizing blood sugar and boosting fat-burning.
1 ripe Haas avocado
1 cup plain yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract/powder
5 ice cubes
Optional topping: 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,