Not enough can be said about this wonderfully healthy fruit. I would admit being totally addicted to them and tend to include them in a lot of my meals. They’re super quick and easy to prepare as well as delicious. Some cool avocado facts:
Based on a single serving of avocado (1/5 medium avocado or 30g), avocados contain the following milligrams of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9:
OMEGA 3 = 40mg
OMEGA 6 = 500mg
OMEGA 9 = 30mg
The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat (the good fat). This good fat can help boost HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol), which is especially important for people with diabetes, as they are at greater risk of heart disease.
The total carbohydrates of an avocado (serving size 1/5 medium [30g/1oz]) is 3 grams or 1 percent of the daily value.
The total calories of an avocado (serving size 1/5 medium [30g/1oz]) is 50 per serving (35 calories from fat).
While almost three-quarters of the avocado’s calories come from fat, most of it is healthy fat. More specifically, the avocado contains monounsaturated fats are known to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and are believed to help increase the good kind of cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL’s).
The avocado also has 60 percent more potassium than a banana. In addition, the avocado’s nutritional composition includes a large amount of fiber. Almost three-quarters of that fiber is insoluble with the rest being soluble fiber. Without getting too detailed, let’s just say all that insoluble fiber helps things go smoothly in the bathroom.
This is a lean and healthy snack!
Here is an awesome, easy, quick and simple recipe from Lizzie Fuhr at POPSUGAR Fitness.
Paleo-Powered Breakfast: Eggs Baked in Avocado
This recipe calls for chopped chives, but feel free to serve with whatever fresh herbs or other toppings you have available. A tablespoon of salsa or a little hot sauce would offer a nice hit of spice.
Ingredients2 ripe avocados
4 fresh eggs
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Directions1.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2.Slice the avocados in half, and take out the pit. Scoop out about two tablespoons of flesh from the center of the avocado, just enough so the egg will fit snugly in the center.
3.Place the avocados in a small baking dish. Do your best to make sure they fit tightly.
4.Crack an egg into each avocado half. Try your best to crack the yolk in first, then let the egg whites spill in to fill up the rest of the shell.
5.Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs and avocados. Just make sure the egg whites have enough time to set.
6.Remove from oven, then season with pepper, chives, and garnish of your choice.
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