Avocados: The Fruit of the Gods

avocado When many people think of an avocado, they think of it as a vegetable not a fruit.

Avocados, though, are in fact fruits and they are one of the most important foods that I suggest you add to your diet!

Not only are avocados rich in fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and the vitamins E and K but avocados are also high in the antioxidant glutathione, which helps slow aging and prevents debilitating diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Many people are scared to add avocados to their diets because they think they are “fattening” and don’t want to gain weight but nothing could be further from the truth! The monounsaturated fat in avocados actually helps lower our LDL’s (low LDL’s and high HDL’s= heart health), metabolize carbohydrates and control insulin, and help our bodies feel satiated- all of which aid in weight loss! To read more about fats and weight loss, please read Fat Does Not Make You Fat.
Avocados are also wonderful for healthy skin and nails, vitamin absorption, the regulation of bodily function, brain development in vitro, infancy and beyond and for providing energy for the body.

In our house, I add avocados to salads, sandwiches, dressing, dips, soups and even smoothies! Believe it or not, avocados give a delicious taste to salad dressings and a smooth consistency to smoothies.

Here are a few of our family’s favorite recipes! The chocolate pudding, in particular, my kids gobble up!!!

Veggie BLT and A Sandwich
1    Tomato (I suggest heirloom or beefsteak)
1    Lettuce slice
1    Avocado
2    Slices “Fakin Bacon” (purchase at Whole Foods in dairy section)
2    7-grain slices (I used Manna bread for this picture)
Tofu or canola mayonnaise (Whole Foods)

Heat fakin bacon in skillet and add to bread along with sliced tomatoes, avocado and lettuce. Slather bread with mayonnaise, and enjoy!

chocolate pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

2 Avocados
4 Tbsp raw cacoa powder
4 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tsp vanilla beans, powder or extract (alcohol free)
Almond or coconut milk (I prefer coconut if you have it!)
Optional: 2 tbsp Chocolate Sun Warrior Protein Powder, 1 tsp maca, 1 tsp greens powder

Add all of the ingredients except the almond milk in a cuisinart. Slowly add your milk providing just enough moisture to keep blending. I actually like my pudding thick so I add just as little as I can. For a pudding with a powerful nutritional punch, add protein powder, greens powder and maca to bump up it a level for a pre or post workout treat!

So easy to make and so nutritious!

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  • Paul
    July 30th, 2014 at 11:47 pm



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