Avocados may be one of the most universally loved health foods. These creamy, green berries (yep, avocados are single-seed berries, not vegetables) is perfect for making salads more filling, for adding creaminess to green smoothies, as a better-for-you substitute for butter in baking, and as an essential component for guacamole. Smashed avocados make a great spread for sandwiches and burgers and have become one of the most-talked about toast toppers of the past year. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; low in sugar; and high in fiber and good fats, avocados may just be the perfect health food.75 percent of the fat in avocados is “good fat”: fat that your body needs to stay healthy. Eating the right fats (in the right amounts) can help you feel fuller longer, which means you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy foods between meals. And the calories in avocados provide our bodies with the energy needed to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
Pairing avocados with other healthy ingredients to make a delicious meal can be a great strategy for eating better throughout the course of the day. Use avocados to make low-calories or low-carbohydrate meals, like salad, more filling. You can also pair avocados with sources of healthy protein like eggs, chicken, or fish for a meal that will keep you full for twice as long.
You can simply slice or dice an avocado and add it to just about any dish, or toss it into the blender with your green shake, but if you’re in need of some inspiration, we have a few avocado recipes that are sure to have you eating healthier (and slimming down) in no time.
Avocado and Apple Chicken Salad
Avocado and Mango Topper
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.