Oh, avocados… our love affair with you is everlasting.
Within the green, alligator-like skin of these fruits lies an explosion of nutrients just waiting to be eaten! Avocados are an increasingly popular addition in many diets, their creamy texture and pleasant taste finding its way into cuisines around the world.
But what is it about these nutritional powerhouses that make the avocado a super-duper-superfood?
The Good Fats
Yes, there is such a thing as “good” fats! These are monounsaturated fatty acids, which make up a whopping 71% of these gloriously green fruits. These beneficial nutrients, including avocados’ natural supply of antioxidants, support a happy and healthy cardiovascular system, making avocados one of your heart’s best friends!
Important Vitamins & Minerals
Avocados are jam-packed with several beneficial vitamins and minerals. They contain more potassium per weight than bananas and are also a great source of vitamins K, B, C & E. They even supply a generous helping of magnesium, carotenoids, lutein, antioxidants… the list goes on! These nutrients all work to help keep your body healthy, especially your cardiovascular system, your eyes, skin, bones & more!
Low in Sugar & High in Nutrients
Despite being fruits, avocados have naturally low sugar content at approximately .4 grams for half an avocado. They are also a great source of dietary fiber at approximately 11 grams per fruit! This makes avocados a great choice for getting your daily intake of fruits, especially during weight management routines.
Best of all, avocados are delicious and quite versatile as an ingredient in your daily menu—there are endless recipes available that incorporate these green beauties! Here’s one of our favorites: Eggies in a Green Basket!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 4 eggs
- 1 TBSP chopped chives
- salt & pepper, to taste
- hot sauce or chunky homemade salsa
- 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice your avocados in half and remove the pit, scooping 1-2 tablespoons of flesh for the center for the egg to sit in.
- 2. Crack your eggs and put one in each half, being careful to try and allow the yolk to land first, then the whites.
- 3. Place the avocados on a small baking sheet, making sure they're fit snug so they don't topple over. If you don't have a small dish, create "kickstands" for each avocado by pushing toothpicks into the skin at a downward angle to help support them.
- 4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the egg whites are set.
- 5. Remove from the oven and season with salt, pepper, chives and a small scoop of chunky homemade salsa and/or hot sauce for a delicious kick! Enjoy!
- 1. Salsa/hot sauce is, of course, optional!
- 2. Take it up a notch for breakfast and sprinkle crumbled bacon on top!
Health & happiness,