Fresh Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

January 31, 2018

 

Avocado is both versatile in cooking and packed with nutrients. Learn how to incorporate this healthy food into your diet with Fiorella's fresh ingredient tips!
 

Nutrition RX:

  • Omega-3 and Monounsaturated Fatsknown as the healthy, good fats are heart-healthy, have an anti-inflammatory effect to protect your body against harmful free radicals, and promote healthy, glowing skin! As a healthy fat, it also helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and other antioxidants!

  • Fiber great for digestive health by promoting regular bowels and supports healthy gut bacteria; manages blood sugar and heart healthy by managing cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood

  • Electrolytes (Magnesium & Potassium) : essential for normal hydration and bodily functions

  • Vitamin K: essential for blood clotting and bone health

  • Folate: a B vitamin, essential for reproductive health and prevents neural tube defects 

How to Use Avocado (other than mashed ion toast or in guacamole!):

  • Smoothies: swap for bananas to add a beautifully creamy texture and double the electrolytes (magnesium and potassium) perfect for hydration!

  • Binding agent: mix in sauces, dips or dressings, perfect in my probiotic packed avocado slaw, where I swap out the traditional mayo with avocado and Greek yogurt (recipe below)

 

For more Cooking Videos using avocados, check out: Living in Italian: Healthy Avocado Slaw, Living in Italian: Hangover SmoothieLiving in Italian: Skin Glow Smoothie and  Living in Italian: De-Bloating Smoothie!

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