Avocados: A Weight Loss Favorite Healthy Fat
Did you know that you must eat fat, to lose fat? Of course, it must be the right type of fat! Fats like avocados, butter, coconuts, meats, fish, nuts, seeds and olives are not only delicious, they provide essential benefits to help your body function properly, improve your vital immune system, aid in heart disease, reduces inflammation, and helps balance your hormones.
Without adequate amounts of dietary fat, you can become deficient in many important vitamins and minerals as they are not absorbed into our system. And we need the fat in order to utilize the protein. Without fats, the important nutrients in your other foods will not be absorbed and will be lost. It’s why I am not a fan of low fat diets.
Avocados are full of heart-healthy, monounsaturated fat and one of my favorite healthy fats for weight loss.
They are high in fiber and very low in carbs – two attributes that promote weight loss as well.
Avocados contain over 20 vitamins including vitamin E which is something we need in order to keep burning fat all day long.
When you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!
Two tablespoons of avocado has just 50 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of which are unsaturated.
But it’s not just for weight loss. When it comes to boosting nutrition and preventing diseases, avocados pack a good punch. The anti-inflammatory properties in avocados have been known to decrease the risk of cancers and improve health conditions! But wait, there’s more…
🥑 For the skin:
The nutrients – the healthy monounsaturated fats found in avocados contribute to healthy skin. These nutrients moisturize your skin and smooth out wrinkles. They also protect you when you are in the sun—a natural sunscreen!
🥑 For the heart:
Avocados are high in potassium—and essential nutrient. Potassium is known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
🥑 For the joints:
Avocados contain high-levels of phytosterols, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect and may reduce arthritis-related pain.
🥑 For the eyes:
Avocados are an excellent source of the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients may reduce the risk of developing age-related cataracts and macular degeneration.
🥑 For the gut:
Avocados contain high-levels of fiber which can improve regularity and overall gastrointestinal health.
So go ahead! Eat it right from the skin or mix it up! The possibilities are endless!
- Spread some on your bagel then top with a fried egg
- Slice some and toss on your salad
- Make a Creamy Avocado salad dressing
- Make Holy Heathy Guacamole
- Avocado makes for a great substitute for mayonnaise
- Slice it up and add to a turkey sandwich
- Mixed in with tuna for a salad or sandwich
- Mix in your favorite Chile or Black Bean Soup
- Make a salsa – chopped avocado, black beans, corn and chopped onion
If you don’t eat the whole fruit, you can store it for later. To keep fresh longer, slice it and leave the seed in half of it. Use what you need then place the pieces back together and wrap tightly in saran wrap.
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