I’ve made it my practice to have an avocado every day, and fortunately for me, my doctor encourages me to continue my healthy obsession. Particularly with diet restrictions, like gluten- and dairy-free, it can be difficult to find healthy foods that keep you satisfied. When I went on an elimination diet, it became more important to eat vegetables and fruits that were the most nutritious. Although 21g of fat per avocado may scare anyone at the drop of the word “fat”, avocados contain good cholesterol that benefits you by removing the bad, artery-clogging cholesterol.
The Mediterranean diet shatters the fundamentals of the trendy, fat-free diet by including plenty of healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts. Not only do avocados contain healthy fats, but they also contain nutrients that help decrease inflammation, blood sugar, blood pressure, and help prevent cancer. [Click here to read about these benefits.] Meanwhile, they promote a healthy heart, skin and brain function. Wouldn’t you want to eat what makes your body healthy, gives you shiny hair and beautiful skin? Avid Mediterranean dieter Penelope Cruz thinks so.
Let’s talk avocado meal ideas. Try incorporating one suggestion per day:
Add half of an avocado to your smoothie for an extra creamy texture and a fiber boost. Or, if you enjoy eggs in the morning, cut an avocado in half, remove the pit and drop an egg inside the hole. Season and bake until egg whites are firm.
Avocados also make a perfect substitute for mayonnaise in a tuna salad. Blending an avocado in soup adds a creamy texture, while also adding a good source of fiber. Its high fiber, 10g an avocado, keeps your digestion mechanics working. And the best part, they’re dairy- and gluten-free, and vegan!
Make your own burgers with ground meat and bind with eggs, avocado, and spices. If you’re looking for a chunkier avocado recipe, top chicken, vegetable stir-fries or pastas with avocado for a great meal. Healthy fats are also a good idea at dinner because they trigger satiety and the omega-3s have a calming effect on your brain—perfect before bedtime. Sweet dreams!
An avocado probably didn’t come to mind when thinking of dessert, but avocados make this chocolate mousse sing: Vegan Chocolate Mousse. Since an avocado is a fruit, it deserves a place on the dessert table.