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The King of "Superfoods": The Avocado

By: Snap Fitness

If you didn’t already know, avocados are considered one of the healthiest foods out there. What you may not know is avocados are actually classified as a fruit and contain the perfect balance of protein and carbohydrates. There is no doubt why the avocado is reigned the King of “Superfoods.”

 

Avocados contain many health benefits - here are just a few:

 

Weight-controlAvocados contain healthy fats (monosaturated) which are considered to be fat burning fats. They help maintain insulin levels which regulate the metabolism and provide the body with usable energy. They make the perfect pre-workout snack. Avocados contain just the right amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, which is proven to keep you fuller, longer. Just one cup of avocado provides about 7-8 grams of dietary fiber. This also helps regulate blood sugar.

 

Protection against Cardiovascular DiseaseAvocados have both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and contain potassium, helping you meet the recommended American Heart Association (AHA) dietary guidelines.

 

Lower Cholesterol levelsBecause avocados contain healthy fats (monostaturated) this Super Food aides in lowering the LDL levels (bad cholesterol) while raising the amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in your body.

 

Ways to add more Avocado in your diet:

 

There are also plenty of substitutions in your everyday meals/snacks that you may be unaware of. Avocados have a buttery taste that will get your taste buds watering. Below are a list of substitutions and ideas for adding more avocados into your diet. Our favorite, avocado toast!

 

• Spread on toast in place of butter

• Use as a substitute for mayo/miracle whip

• Great substitute for oil in baking

• Put on salads in place of cheese/meat

• Add an avocado to your smoothie to add thickness

 

Avocado tip: Sprinkle lemon juice on an avocado and refrigerate in a plastic bag or container to reduce browning.