Some days are so busy it can seem overwhelming to plan a healthy meal. On the flip side a nutritious meal is just what your body needs to deal with the challenges of a busy lifestyle. Avocado is a super food that can provide you with a super quick and super nutritious meal.
This tasty fruit ranks as one of the worlds healthiest foods. Its rich flavor makes it a good substitute for meat. For example, instead of putting meat in a sandwich or wrap you can add a few slices of avocado. It is loaded with nutrients including potassium, iron, vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, fiber, and heart healthy fats called monounsaturated fats.
If you have little ones you can smile knowing you are nourishing their bodies and minds with this amazing fruit. Some people steer clear of avocados because of their calorie and fat content, however if you eat avocados in lieu of other fats and as part of a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean proteins you shouldn’t worry too much about the fat or calorie content of avocados, especially as part of a child’s diet. In fact, their abundance of nutrients and savory flavor make avocados a perfect way to satisfy cravings and lose weight. For informational purposes, the recommended portion is about 1/5 of a medium avocado or about 2 tablespoons. Here are some great ways to enjoy avocado:
- Make “avocado-butter” and spread it on a slice of whole grain toast, ½ of a bagel or English muffin, whole grain crackers, or a soft corn tortilla. You can also use it as a dip for baked corn chips or as a topping on potatoes.
- Mix with salsa for a salad dressing.
- Put avocado and peas into a blender to make a delicious dip while lowering the fat content.
- Can make a great “first food” for babies because of their high nutrient content, including fatty acids to help with brain development and because they are easy to digest and do not cause constipation (consult your pediatrician for the appropriate month to introduce solids).
- Put into a sandwich or tortilla wrap and add lettuce, sprouts and tomatoes.
- Throw a few slices on a salad.
- Makes a wonderful finger food for toddlers (try coating the pieces with wheat germ if too slippery).
About the Blogger
Lisa Rainer is a Registered Dietitian and health educator.