Avocados are a true super food. They provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:
- Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
They are also great anti-inflammatories, also help protect the liver and allow our skin be bright and supple.
As nature designed, they contain the ideal amount of healthy fats, which not only help to protect the heart, but also boost brain function and keep our central nervous system in proper working order.
The Really Really Great News About Avocados
Avocados are also one of the safest fruits you can buy conventionally-grown, and most experts do not believe you need to purchase organic ones. Their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides. Additionally, it has been rated as one of the safest commercial crops in terms of pesticide exposure, so there’s no real need to spend extra money on organic avocados. One less thing, ya know…?
So, if all you see is guacamole when you look at an avocado, look again – you’ll be amazed at how versatile (and scrumptious) the avocado can be.
1 tsp. coconut or olive oil
Juice of ½ lime
½ tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. cilantro (or chive if you don’t like cilantro) chopped finely
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper or red pepper flake
Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Mix the lime, garlic, cayenne/pepper flake and oil together and drizzle over avocado. Sprinkle with cilantro. Eat by scooping flesh out with a spoon.
Hold onto your hats, this next recipe is a favorite with EVERYONE! If you are trying to sneak veggies into your kids food, check this out!!… (p.s. they will never know ;-)). This is my go-to for a guilt-free chocolate fix – enjoy this as is for dessert, or as a decadent breakfast by adding some chopped nuts and fresh strawberries.
1 whole avocado, pitted and scooped from the skin
3-4 tbsp. cocoa powder
10 drops vanilla flavored stevia or ½ tsp. vanilla extract + 2 tbsp. local raw honey
½ – ¾ cup of almond milk (adjust to create pudding consistency)
pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until thick and creamy – adjust sweetness to taste.
This is a smoothie the whole family will love, it’s loaded with cell-nourishing nutrients to promote strong healthy bodies.
½ Large Avocado
1 Cup Strawberries
1 tsp. Chia Seeds (optional)
1 Cup Spinach or Kale
1-2 Cups Coconut Water
4-5 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Hint: If your avocados are less than picture-perfect OR if you have some left over and it’s turned a tad brown, remember they are still completely edible perfect for tossing into a smoothie. They not only make smoothies creamy, but increase the nutritional content while keeping sugars low.