Are avocados good for me?

By Brooke Strickland

There are more than 80 varieties of avocados, with California and Florida producing the most.  Avocados are rich in flavor but also offer a lot of other nutrition.  Avocados are a great source of fiber, potassium, folic acid, and they’re rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.  In fact, half of an avocado contains more than one-third the daily value of vitamin C and one-half the day’s supply of vitamin K.  They are high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat and act as a nutrient booster that helps enable the body to absorb more fat soluble nutrients. They are also naturally sodium-free, which means it’s healthier for your heart and great for your whole body!

So how do you incorporate avocado into your diet?  Of course, whipping up a batch of delicious guacamole would be the first way.  Pair that with some low fat tortilla chips and when eaten in moderation, you have a healthy snack.  An even healthier way to enjoy avocados is by topping a garden-fresh salad with them.  Or, try them on a sandwich with turkey, lettuce, and tomato.  Try them on a sandwich made of grilled chicken, tomato, cucumber, goat cheese, and pesto.  Other ways you can make them into your meal routine is by topping them on a fajita or mixing it into side quinoa salad with other fresh veggies such as red pepper, green pepper, and onion.  Or for breakfast, blend an avocado with honeydew melon, lowfat milk, apple juice, and fat-free yogurt for a breakfast smoothie that will stick to your bones for the rest of the morning.  And if you have a baby in the house, the Internet is filled with lots of homemade avocado baby food recipes.  It’s a healthy alternative to some of those sodium-filled pre-packaged baby foods out there.

So now that we’ve given you the lowdown on avocados grab your spoon and dig in!