Freshly Picked: Are Avocados Fattening or Slimming?
The Answer May Surprise You
Posted June 27th, 2011 by noelle |
Did you know raw fats, including avocados, can actually help you lose weight? Learn more about avocados and why they are a favorite food of health beauties.
All About Avocados
Good quality raw fats include avocados, extra virgin olive oil and nuts (not roasted). These raw fats, when enjoyed in moderation, will actually store in your body as energy and not fat. This helps you lose weight in the long run. You might consider happily enjoying one half to one full avocado a day in combination with a diet rich in naturally slimming foods. Naturally slimming (and also naturally cleansing foods) include vegetables, salads and fruit complimented with some healthy grains, lean meats and dairy. Avocados are rich in vitamin K, fiber, potassium and folate.
Healthy Avocado Recipes
Detox beauties love avocados for the satisfaction they give to simple meals. These are some of my favorite ways to eat and enjoy avocados.
- Three ingredient guacamole This three ingredient guacamole is a go to staple of mine. I toss it on salads and eat it with homemade brown rice chips. To make it mash one avocado in a bowl and add the juice of half of a lemon along with a few tablespoons of a good salsa. Finish seasoning it with a touch of sea salt and pepper.
- Simple raw corn and avocado succotash I love to slice the kernels off an ear of raw corn and toss them with half of an avocado along with a squeeze of fresh lemon and dill.
- Avocado and tomato wrap Tuck a a few slices of avocado and tomato along with a few sprigs of fresh parsley into a brown rice wrap. It’s super easy and delicious.
- Lemon Lime Shake The addition of the avocado makes the smoothie extra creamy and delicious. Snag the recipe here.
- Sliced on a salad A few slices of avocado on a salad makes any bed of lettuce and raw veggies instantly more satisfying.
How To Buy Avocados
A ready-to-eat avocado should be slightly soft to the touch when squeezed. Do not buy an avocado if it’s too soft, or has any sunken spots. The meat of a ripe and ready-to-eat avocado has a soft yellow colored flesh with a darker green flesh toward the outer shell. If there are any brown spots in the flesh, you should not eat it as this indicates it is beginning to spoil.
How To Prepare Avocados
The easiest way to eat and enjoy an avocado is to cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Then gently twist the two halves of the avocado in opposite directions. To remove the avocado pit without sacrificing any of the meaty flesh of the avocado, spear the pit with a knife (Top Chef style) and rotate the knife 90 degrees and lift the pit out. You can also use a spoon to remove the pit.