Avocado, one of the world’s best fruits
If you are looking for a fruit that is power packed, densely concentrated with a variety of nutrients, maybe its time to rethink the avocado. Checkout my delish recipe for your new favorite Avocado Chocolate Smoothie below!
Avocado has sometimes received a “bad rap” as a vegetable too high in fat. While it is true that avocado is a high-fat food (about 85% of its calories come from fat), the fat contained in avocado is unusual and provides research-based health benefits. The unusual nature of avocado fat is threefold. First are the phytosterols that account for a major portion of avocado fats. These phytosterols include beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol and they are key supporters of our inflammatory system that help keep inflammation under control. The anti-inflammatory benefits of these avocado fats are particularly well-documented with problems involving arthritis. Second are avocado’s polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs). PFAs are widely present in ocean plants but fairly unique among land plants—making the avocado tree (and its fruit) unusual in this regard.
Here are just a few of the vitamin and mineral highlights packed in this gorgeous little fruit:
Nutrient DRI/DV: pantothenic acid- 41.6%, fiber- 40.2%, vitamin K-35%, copper- 31.1%, folate- 30.3%, vitamin B6- 22.9%, potassium- 20.7%, vitamin E- 20.7%, and vitamin C – 20%.
Avocado Chocolate Smoothie
1 avocado (ripe, halved and pitted)
1 1/2 cup plain almond milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 pitted date
2 teaspoons raw honey
2 scoops protein powder (vanilla or plain)
¼ teaspoon vanilla
8 large ice cubes
Begin with ice cubes then add all remaining ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Serves 1-2
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