Avocados are a super fat fuel full of monounsaturated fats which are critical for heart health and cell health in general. The healthy fats also help absorb nutrients from other foods and help with brain and nerve health. They are a great food to support both growing bodies and those who want to maintain a healthy body composition!
Avocados are also rich in vitamins C, E, K and folate, niacin and potassium, as well as antioxidants (including some that are particularly beneficial for eye health) and fiber 💪🏻
Avocados are said to look like a uterus and they are in fact helpful for maintaining healthy reproductive hormones!
The high vitamin C content helps with collagen and elastin production which is critical for healthy skin!
I love that avocados are so versatile and that they can be enjoyed with almost everything. My favorite way to eat avocado is with my breakfast egg cake, it it can also be enjoyed as a guacamole, on bread, or even straight out of the skin with a spoon (my guilty pleasure 🙃)
Other ways to enjoy include in salads (if you mash it a little it helps create a creamy dressing) or as a base for tuna/crab/chicken/egg salad 😍
Some people also use them as a base for smoothies, mousses or to bake with but I have not tried that yet!
Another pro tip is to take a whole avocado with you when traveling (like some people take a banana). The skin protects it from damage and it can be easily sliced open and eaten out of the skin as a quick power snack 💪🏻
As with everything, sourcing is very important, and it’s best to get avocados that have no been gassed. I really like the Avocado organic subscription service which picks the avocados the day of shipment and delivers them to my front door! The taste difference is incredible and I cannot buy them at the store anymore 🥺
Through the subscription service, I learned that there are many varieties of avocados apart from the Hass avocados you can buy at the store including bacon, fuerte and reed avocado. Each boosts a slightly different nutrient and flavor profile, I really love the bacon avocados!
Avocados can also be made into a cooking oil which is relatively stable and a great option when cooking up to medium high heat. It has a neutral taste which makes is great for salad dressings, frying eggs or grain-free pancakes 🥞🍳
When buying avocado oil, always make sure it’s pure avocado oil and that it’s in a small dark glass bottle. It’s always better to buy smaller bottles that you can finish quickly to minimize oxidation! We really like Chosen Foods and Primal Kitchen brand and they also make a very yummy avocado oil mayonnaise/salad dressings!