Happy Cinco de Avocado (or Mayo ….)!!!! I LOVE avocados … guacamole, on a salad, in a sandwich or just with a spoon. Yummy! Good thing that there are also a ton of benefits to eating them! I don’t really need a reason to eat them – but here are 5 benefits of eating avocados plus three bonus recipes to add to your Cinco de Mayo festivities – along with your margarita, of course!
- Cardiovascular Health
Avocado is an excellent source of monounsaturated oleic acid – which reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol in the blood at the same time as increasing the more beneficial HDL cholesterol. As well as lowering LDL cholesterol – eating an avocado can also decrease high blood triglyceride levels, another common predictor of cardiovascular problems. Pass the guac!
- Avocados for Blood Pressure
Many people don’t get enough of the mineral potassium in their diet. This deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, which is in turn a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Avocados are particularly rich in potassium, even higher than the often touted bananas!
- Avocado Skin Benefits
The monounsaturated fats in avocado are also beneficial for improving your skin tone and appearance. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. These omega-9 fats are known to assist in reducing skin redness and irritation and are involved in repairing damaged skin cells. Avocado benefits also include protecting your skin from wrinkles and other visible signs of aging with its antioxidant carotenoids. The vitamin E in avocados helps guard against photo-aging from sun exposure. Perfect for when you are enjoying a summer salad with avocados on the patio!
- Arthritis Treatment
Avocados contain high levels of monounsaturated fats, phytosterols and antioxidants like vitamin E, vitamin C and a variety of carotenoids that can help reduce the inflammation that leads to arthritis.
- Avocado Benefits for Weight Loss
Research shows that avocado’s monounsaturated fatty acids are much more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat. This steady energy and the feeling of satiety or satisfied fullness that you get from eating an avocado is one of the reasons they are so good at reducing hunger and appetite.
Now that you know how super awesome avocados are …. Here are three of my favorite recipes. Feel free to share yours in the comments below!
Best Guacamole Ever
4 large avocados
3 limes (juice only)
2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeno (or I like to use a serrano), seeded and finely chopped
1 bunch of cilantro (But – I suppose if you are like my sister you can leave this out)
Salt to taste
Place avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork.
Add the remaining ingredients and serve …. Either with tortilla chips, lettuce or just a spoon!
Chilled Avocado Soup
4 cups water
3 large avocados
1 lime (juice only)
1/4 cups chopped parsley
2 jalopenos (I leave in the seeds – but take them out for less heat)
1 clove garlic
1 bunch cilantro
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Process until smooth.
Season to taste.
Chill for at least 2 hours and ENJOY!
If you want to get all fancy you can put some cilantro and lime zest on top!
Avocado Cucumber Salad
1 lb Roma tomatoes
½ medium red onion
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lime (juice only)
½ bunch cilantro
Sea Salt to taste
Chop everything to the desired size.
Put in a bowl.
Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice.
Toss and ENJOY!
Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!