Have you ever wondered what the hype about avocado is?
I mean, people are eating them, spreading them and adding them into whatever meals and smoothies they can.
Avocados aren't just a trendy brunch ingredient, they're actually one of the healthiest foods around.
If you didn't know already, avocados are a tree grown fruit that are often referred to as a superfood because of their nutritional profile.
And there are many varieties available for you, but the Hass Avocado is the most popular by far here in Australia.
So now let’s dive into why you want to embrace the avocado and how you can incorporate it into your daily diet.
The top benefits of avocado
As with any of the wholefood family, there are plenty of health benefits associated when you eat avocado.
With so many, I'm really spoilt for choice when writing about all of the potential benefits of avocados.
So, I've only picked out a few of my favourite reasons to get more avocado into your life below.
Avocado is full of fibre
If there’s one stand-out macronutrient out there, it’s gotta be fibre.
Fibre has been associated with a reduced risk of dozens of chronic health conditions.
It nourishes the good guys in your gut, balances your energy levels out and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough fibre on a daily basis.
So a great way to add fibre into your day is by adding avocado into your meals as avocado are high in fibre.
A 100 gram serving of avocado contains around 7grams of fibre, which is nearly a third of your daily fibre needs.
Avocado helps you to absorb more nutrients
Eating a nutritious diet filled with wholefoods is a good start.
But if your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients from all of these healthy foods, you could still be at risk of deficiency.
Luckily, you have avocado here to save the day!
Nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and many antioxidants are fat-soluble.
That means that they need to be combined with a source of dietary fats for the digestive tract to absorb them.
As an excellent source of healthy fats, avocado can help you to absorb these nutrients more effectively.
Research has also found that adding avocado to a meal can increase the absorption of antioxidants by up to 15-fold.
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Avocado can help protect your heart
Want a healthy, happy heart for years to come?
It's time to make avocado part of your daily meal plans.
According to research, consuming avocado may help reduce the chance of heart disease by reducing several associated risk factors.
Studies have found that avocado may help with:
- Reducing total cholesterol levels
- Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 22%
- Increasing HDL (good) cholesterol by up to 11%
- Reducing triglyceride levels
Avocado also contains a good dose of potassium, which may help to reduce elevated blood pressure.
Avocado may assist with weight loss
You might not think of avocado as a weight-loss friendly food.
But don’t let the high calorie count fool you – research suggests that avocados can help you lose weight.
One study found that people who ate avocado with a meal felt 23% more satiated by that meal.
They also experienced a 28% lower desire to eat for 5 hours after their meal.
The high fibre content may be why avocado can potentially help all of us with our weight loss.
Fibre keeps you fuller for longer and feeds your body a slower, steadier stream of energy.
Easy ways to add avocado to your diet!
Now you know why you should include avocado into your food choices.
But what if you’re looking for ways to add it in, aside from the Aussie classic of smashed avo on toast?
Not to worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here's my favourite ways to incorporate avocado into a diet:
- Smash up some avocado and make yourself some homemade guacamole. Best served with corn chips or veggie sticks.
- Drop an egg yolk into half an avocado and bake for a filling breakfast or healthy snack option
- Use avocado as a creamy base for a homemade salad dressing. Simply blend some avocado with some oil, vinegar and herbs for a healthy dressing that tastes delicious.
- Treat yourself to a healthy chocolate mousse. Blend a ripe avocado with your sweetener of choice and some melted chocolate in the food processor.
- Sneak it into your morning smoothie – this is a great way to get some veg in first thing in the morning!
Want to make adding avocado even easier?
Making meals and snacks that are easy to prepare can save you time, right?
And with how busy modern life is, everyone enjoys getting back a little extra time across their day.
So, if you're looking for a convenient way to get more avocado into your day, you should really grab yourself some of the Super Greens Smoothie Cubes.
You'll not only easily get avocado into your day, you'll also get plenty of other beneficial and tasty ingredients into your frozen smoothie at the same time!
Whichever way you look at it and no matter how you accomplish it, if you add avocado into your meals, you're winning!