What You Need to Know About Avocado Recipes and Improving Your Health Condition
Avocado recipes are full of nutrition, flavor, and diversity! Eating avocados is an easy way to improve your health. They provide both nutrition and energy for those on the HCG diet.
These beautiful green fruits are great for more than just guacamole: they can be added to Mediterranean dishes, snacks, and even desserts.
Native to Central Mexico, avocados grow on trees, and are cultivated throughout the world in tropical and Mediterranean climates. They’re a popular staple of California.
Avocados, due to their rich, creamy interior and high fat content, are often thought to be too high in fat to add to a healthy diet, but they are, in fact, very good for you.
Avocados are indeed high in fat, but most of their calories come from monounsaturated fat: “good” fat. The fat in avocados helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. It calories are a good source of solid energy: grabbing avocado before heading out for the day or doing something intensely physical will help to keep you fueled.
Avocados are also high in potassium — higher than the potassium famous banana by 35%! They’re also rich folate. Both are beneficial for improving heart health; plus, they’re low in sodium and contain vitamin E. Avocados actually help your body absorb important caretenoids, which are beneficial to overall health.
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Luckily, it’s easy to gain all of these health benefits using avocado recipes.
- Avocado Tacos:
– throw 2 avocados (pitted and sliced) in 4 corn tortillas with shredded lettuce, diced onion, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and your favorite salsa.
- Avocado Papaya Salad:
– mix 2 chopped avocados, 1 peeled sliced red grapefruit, 1 chopped papaya, and 1 torn head of lettuce; add a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mango also works in place of papaya.
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse:
– surprise avocado sneaks into this decadent dessert; warm 3 tbsp almond milk in a saucepan with 2 tsp corn starch until it thickens, blend 3 oz dark chocolate and 1 tbsp cocoa powder in a blender while pouring the almond milk in, then, when it’s completely melted, 1 ripe diced add avocados, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp agave nectar and chill 30 mins.
Avocados’ texture makes them a healthy alternative to mayonnaise. A quick and easy snack or breakfast for a boost of long-lasting energy is mashed or sliced avocado with salt, pepper, and optional olive oil on toast.
The only thing you shouldn’t do to an avocado is cook it; warming avocado slightly is fine, but they don’t hold up well to cooking temps. Otherwise, experiment with healthy avocado recipes!