Avocados usually get a bad rap for being “high in fat,” but that negative perception is of course undeserved. To put things in perspective, avocados have less fat than lean beef per ounce, and a whole Haas avocado has less fat than 3 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing (and no GMOs for that matter!).
Avoiding fats in your diet too much can be unhealthy. It is still important to keep your daily intake of fats below 30% but the right kinds of fat in the diet are essential for cell function, formation of cell membranes and for providing energy for the heart.
Avocados fall into the category of healthy monounsaturated fat. This type of fat actually helps to lower the bad blood cholesterol, LDL and raising the good cholesterol HDL to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. One avocado offers a remarkably high 10-14 g of fiber and its fiber also aids in reducing cholesterol levels. In addition, avocados are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamins C, K, folate and B6. They also contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to fight cancer and disease.
Avocados are also used to treat osteoarthritis, dysentery, diarrhea, psoriasis, promotes hair growth and (lack of) sexual desire.
Here is a great way to enjoy avocados in a flavorful guacamole with no added salt or preservatives.
Guacamole Recipe Ingredients
-2 small tomatoes or 1 large tomato
-½ onion (yellow, white or red they all work great)
-1 bunch of cilantro
-1 clove of garlic
-Add the avocado to a bowl
-Chop and dice the tomatoes, onions and garlic into small pieces and add to the bowl
-Add the cilantro
-Squeeze the lime into the bowl
-Mix until you get your desired consistency
Enjoy your guacamole with anything you like!
Here are show 3 different ways to enjoy it:
1)Guacamole tacos: Take Romaine lettuce and use it as your taco shell
2)Veggie burrito: add as many vegetables you like (we used cucumber, asparagus, tomato, lettuce and kale)
3)Raw veggie burrito: instead of using a flour tortilla, use a giant leafy green as your wrap, we recommend romaine lettuce, swiss chard or collard greens.