I. love. avocados.
No, I mean…LOVE. It’s a problem…or healthy addiction if you will.
As a dietitian, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to add them to everything. There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that it would be a shame not to! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain only 50 calories per 1oz serving (about 1/5 of an avocado) – not bad for a fat!
But wait, there’s more! In addition to the gorgeous green color, avocados are extremely nutrient-dense, meaning they pack loads of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into each and every one if their calories – talk about getting the best bang for your buck! Don’t forget that we need fats in our diet to help us absorb fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K). Let avocados act as “boosters” to help your body absorb these powerful nutrients. Pair avocados with foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin K rich kale of vitamin A rich sweet potatoes for example) to make the most of your meals.
Not sure where to start? Start your day off with a healthy dose of avocado with this creamy Get Your Greens Smoothie! This smoothie makes for an easy breakfast or the perfect afternoon snack!
I won’t tell you how many of these green smoothies I drank today during this photo shoot…that would be embarrassing.
Get Your Greens Smoothie
vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free
- 1 cup tightly packed kale
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple (or frozen that has thawed a bit)
- 1/4 cup fresh avocado (about 1 oz)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- In a blender, combine kale, orange juice, pineapple, avocado, and ice cubes.
- Blend until smooth.
275 calories|48g carbohydrate|9g fat|5g protein|50g sodium|29g sugar
Looking for other ways to incorporate avocados into your diet?
- Toss sliced avocado into a salad
- Mash a ripe avocado into a spread that can be used in place of mayonnaise on a sandwich
- Blend avocados with olive oil, garlic and vinegar to make a tasty dressing
- Combine avocados with lime juice, cilantro and chopped jalapeno for a tasty guacamole dip
- Broil an avocado half filled with parmesan, lime juice and chili powder for a tasty side dish
Enjoy the natural goodness of avocados any way you like and Love One Today!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the LoveOneToday.com website.