Avocado Obession

Avocado

Love at first bite. And yes, an item you can typically see in my purse. For those that know me well, it’s a problem when I’m out of stock in ripe avocados. My experiment of  ‘an avocado a day keeps the doctor away’ is at high success rate. You ask why? Or maybe question the high fat content?

Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and fiber. Also contain glutathione, an antioxidant involved in cell protection from the noxious effect of excess oxidant stress. Avocados are also rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.

Benefits from regular consumption may consists of and are not limited to: healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, decrease risk of cancers-especially oral, healthy skin production, heart health, anti-inflammatory response, stabilize blood sugars, anti-aging, and an increase in nutrient absorption.

Avocados originated in Mexico, or Central and South America, and were cultivated there by pre-Incan races of Peru, and the Mayas of Yucatan and Guatemala. The Aztecs called it aoacatl before the Spaniards changed it to ahuacate and aguacate, and it eventually became avocado in English.

Eating roughly 2,555 avocados in the past 7 years… whew!!! … I have become quite creative, to say the least, about incorporating them into my meals.

Here are a few ideas:

sandwiches

green fruit or grain salads

soup toppings, soup base

dips,  dressings, puddings

sushi, smoothies …. possibilities are endless!

So for a quick, nutritious, light but filling  meal… I started with an avocado

(of course I did silly)

And it goes a little something like this….

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Ingredients:

1 ripe Avocado

choice of veggies minced(grape tomatoes, homemade pickles)

3 cloves of minced

parsley, chives

3 T spirulina crunchies/powder

2 T tahinni

2 T brown rice vinegar

1 T hemp oil

favorite greens

Directions:

Hand mix all ingredients in a small bowl, leaving half of the avocado whole but outer layer removed. Use favorite type of greens to layer a bowl, place avocado on top, then the mixed salad.

Eating Healthy can be fun, especially with avocados!  As always, allow your creative spark to flow and enjoy!

Namaste!

 

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The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.  ~Japanese Proverb

 

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