by Rick Goldman
Famed for their delicious taste and creamy texture, most people don't realize just how beneficial avocados can be for helping you achieve that summer beach body. In fact, avocados are among the most nutrient-dense fruits, providing an excellent source of vitamin E, B vitamins, fiber and potassium. Bananas are often praised for having a high potassium content, but one avocado actually contains three times more potassium than two bananas! For an excellent electrolyte replacement, enjoy an avocado sprinkled with sea salt.
Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados can help you burn fat, while increasing your absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E and K, and give you long-lasting energy to sustain you throughout your day.
Don't let the calories or high fat content scare you. Eat for nutrients and satiation. Your body and brain will perform at their best when well-nourished.
An excellent addition to any meal, this amazing fruit adds beautiful color, rich flavor and creamy texture. In addition, avocados are a great replacement for dairy products such as cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise.
Although there are many different varieties of avocados, there are two types to distinguish which are best for a recipe.
The Haas small black avocados with pebbly skins provide ultra creamy texture, making them best in guacamole, smoothies and salad dressings. The Fuerte large green avocados with smooth skin retain shape well, making them best sliced or diced in salads or omelets.
To test for ripeness, flick the stem off the top of the avocado. The fruit is ripe if the stem comes off easily and you can see green underneath. Discard the avocado if the stem does not come off easily or if you see brown underneath.
The key to mouthwatering guacamole is to keep it simple with a few high quality ingredients. This simple recipe is delicious served as a dip for organic corn tortilla chips or raw veggies such as sliced bell peppers or baby carrots. Add a spoonful to an omelet, salad or sandwich for a tasty treat.
Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Got a sweet tooth? Grab an avocado! This low-sugar, high-fat treat is perfect for curbing carb cravings, stabilizing blood sugar levels and boosting fat-burning.
About Rick Goldman
Rick Goldman's grandpa was a captain of a California coast cruise. This afforded Rick the luxury of traveling to exciting places along the Pacific Coast as a young boy. He got to try different, exotic foods on these journeys - something he really enjoys blogging about from his grandpa's beautiful garden home today.