It’s hard to talk about healthy eating without talking about the yummiest, creamiest, and downright delicious avocado. Keto-dieters know what’s up when it comes to finding numerous ways to liberally enjoy these gems, and we should take the hint and get on the avocado bandwagon.
Not only can avocados turn a bland dish into something savory, but they also packed in a hefty dose of nutritional value into our diet. Plus, avocados can even turn a traditionally unhealthy dessert into a decadent and guilt-free treat. (talk about superfood power!)
So, are you ready to supercharge your diet with the mighty avocado? Us too, and we are here to share five reasons we all should be enjoying this superfood more often. Plus, we also share how to add more avocado to your diet without breaking the bank because let’s face it, they’re pricey.
5 Reasons We All Should Jump on the Avocado Bandwagon
There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that we just can’t afford to deprive ourselves of, and we’re spilling the deets on why.
#1 Pack in a Healthy Dose of Fiber
If you want to keep your digestive system in tip-top shape while helping move things along (say goodbye to bloating and constipation) then avocados should be one of your go-to superfoods. In just half of one, you pack in about six grams of dietary fiber, so go ahead and add a healthy serving to your smoothie, your digestive health will thank you for it.
#2 Boost Your Magnesium Intake
Magnesium is essential for so many different body functions. In fact, it is needed for nearly 300 different biochemical reactions in the body, and most Americans just aren’t getting enough. This can lead to things like muscle cramps, anxiety, and poor sleep. But, guess what? You can easily boost your magnesium intake by adding some sliced avocado to your diet (you don’t have to tell us twice!)
#3 Avocados are Rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
While fats often receive a bad rap, the keto diet has done dietary fat some serious justice and has helped clear the air that not all fats are bad. In fact, the body needs a certain amount of fat to support hormone balance, maintain a healthy weight, and support the brain (did you know the brain is made up of nearly 60% fat?) So, the bottom line here is don’t deprive your body of fat, instead focus on healthy fats like avocados that are super rich in monounsaturated fatty acids to help support the body with exactly what it needs to help you feel your best.
#4 Rich in Potassium
While bananas are often viewed as the superstar fruit when it comes to getting potassium in your diet, avocados actually outshine them and pack in more potassium per serving. So, if you are in need of a quick potassium boost to ward off sore muscles after your sweat sesh with FitOn celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, then grab one and get snacking. Potassium can help reduce muscle cramping after exercise, and can also be a great refuel source to boost energy levels to help you power through your day.
#5 Avocados are the Ideal Beauty Food
If there was one food we had to pick to support healthier hair, skin, and nails, avocados would be it. Due to their high-fat content, they can help keep skin moisturized. Plus, with the rich vitamin and mineral content, avocados can help keep our hair and nails strong (hello long, luscious locks,) while also boosting overall shine.
How to add Avocado to Your Diet
Ready to start enjoying more avocados, but stuck on how to add them to your diet? Great news, they are super versatile, and their health benefits can add a powerful nutritional punch to just about any recipe you add them to.
Here are five ways to enjoy the all mighty avocado.
#1 Avocado Toast
`Start your day off right by mashing half of an avocado on a piece of gluten-free toast. Serve with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, and you have yourself a deliciously well-balanced breakfast. Need an additional protein boost? Add a fried egg for good measure.
#2 Add Avocados to Smoothies
Bananas step aside…avocados are the new “it” way to add some creaminess to your daily smoothie. And, don’t get us wrong, we love bananas too, but avocados can add a little extra something to your smoothie that you just can’t get from a banana. So, go ahead and swap the banana with half of an avocado and blend in some pineapple, coconut milk, and collagen protein for a tropical delight.
#3 Make a Homemade Guacamole
Do you load up on extra guac every time you chow down on your favorite burrito bowl? Yup, we love guac too, and it’s another delicious excuse to eat more avocado. Skip the store-bought guacamole, and make your own with a few ripe avocados, chopped red onion, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Enjoy it with some cassava flour chips for a savory snack.
#4 Avocado Egg Boats
Avocado egg boats are having a shining moment in the keto world, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. I mean they are delicious, and you can’t get any more balanced than this in terms of nutritional value. You get a healthy serving of carbs, protein, and fat all in one.
These egg boats are made by baking an egg in half of an avocado and enjoying it with some cracked black pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt. Simply crack one egg into each avocado half and bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Enjoy as an easy and delicious on-the-go breakfast.
#5 Enjoy a Decadent Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Last, but certainly, not least is enjoying your avocado in a homemade chocolate avocado pudding. If you’re a dessert lover, this one’s for you. To make the pudding, all you need is two ripe avocados, two tablespoons of raw cacao powder, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and full-fat unsweetened coconut milk to thin. Whip everything together and enjoy without the guilt.
The Bottom Line
The health benefits of avocados are pretty legit, so we invite you to go stock up on some, and enjoy them as a regular part of your healthy diet. And, if you’re stuck on how to enjoy them, give the five recipe ideas above a try, they certainly will not disappoint. Plus, they make healthy eating fun, so it’s a total win.