If you tell me there is “something” that is packed with vitamins and nutrients, makes your skin and hair beautiful, and helps you lose weight, I will eat it…no questions asked (unless it is a mushroom). If you told me this “something” is also creamy deliciousness, I would be even more excited. Well, be excited, because that “something” is a delicious avocado!
Avocados are nutritional powerhouses. They have over 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and they have heart-healthy monosaturated fats. They have more protein and less sugar than any fruit. They even help you absorb more nutrients from other foods when you pair them together.
Here are some of the reasons avocados have a superfood status:
- Antioxidants – avocados contain lutein which help protect your eyes
- Fiber – avocados have more soluble fiber than most foods, and they help keep you full longer and stabilize blood sugar.
- Monounsaturated fats (the good kind) – helps with memory and brain function and helps keep your heart healthy
- Phytonutrients – these are nutrients from plants that help heal the body and prevent disease
- Vitamins – Avocados have one of the highest fruit sources for vitamin E (slows aging)
You can even eat the seed! 70% of the antioxidants are in there, along with vitamins, nutrients and fiber. The avocado seed oil can increase collagen (need I say more?). You can place it in a plastic bag and crush with a hammer. I just throw mine in my vitamix when I make a smoothie and it blends up easily.
Three of my favorite ways to eat avocados (other than my friend Marilyn’s amazing guacamole) are:
Avocado toast- If you have not tried avocado toast yet, you are missing out. It will be your new favorite thing to eat. It is crunchy, creamy and you can eat it any time of day. Here are some recipes for 9 amazing avocado toast recipes. The mango one sounds amazing.
Chocolate mousse- I make this Chocolate Avocado Mousse at least once a week. You will never know it is made with avocados. It is creamy, decadent, chocolate goodness and it is only sweetened with maple syrup… and has no dairy. Super healthy dessert!
Baked Egg in a Avocado – This is a quick and healthy breakfast that takes 10 minutes. Just slice an avocado in half, take out the pit (for your smoothie) and crack eggs in the hole where the pit was. Add some salt and pepper, bake for 10 or so minutes at 325 degrees, then sprinkle some cheese on top after it comes out of the oven. Maybe add sriracha sauce if you like it spicy.
Avocado for the skin and hair
What, there’s more? Avocados are also wonderful for moisturizing your skin because of the natural oils and nutrients they contain. Mix 1/2 ripe avocado with 1/4 cup of honey and put on your face for 15 minutes. Wash it off, and your skin will feel hydrated and soft. Hey, it’s good enough for Kim! There are also many avocado hair mask you can try as well (while your chocolate mousse is chilling).
Avocados, you are everything I avo wanted.