Fresh Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

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 Fats: known 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 Smoothie, Living in Italian: Skin Glow Smoothie and Living in Italian: De-Bloating Smoothie!

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