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Please Pass the Avocado!

What's not to love about avocados? You can chop them, grill them, freeze them, spread them, smash them, mash them and blend them. They are all around amazing!

The versatility of the avocado is only limited by our creative minds.

What are some of the amazing ways that the avocado can be eaten?

1. In smoothies

2. Spread on toast

3. As a butter substitute in mashed potatoes

4. As "French Fries"

5. In a pesto

6. In salads

7. In guacamole

8. As a salad dressing

9. As a creamy pasta sauce

10. As a grilled side dish

11. In avocado 'ice cream"

12. In muffins

13. In avocado cake

14. Avocado popsicles

15. Avocado pudding

16. As a substitute for sour cream

17. In humous

18. In cake icing

19. In cheeseless cheese cake

20. Stuffed with "whatever"

And it's soooooo... healthy too!!

1. Eye health and vision

Avocados contain both lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxydants for the eyes. These two antioxydants help fight against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

2. Heart health

Avocados are one of the best plant food sources of mono and poly unsaturated fats. Regular and moderate consumption of avocados can contribute to lowering overall cholesterol levels and decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.

3. Skin health

Avocados contain the fatty acid omega 9 or oleic acid which is involved in both the maintenance of skin moisture in the epidermis and skin cell regeneration and repair. As well, avocados contain vitamin E, which fights against skin cell damage (from the sun and pollution, among other elements) and vitamin C, which is involved in the production of collagen and elastin.

Regular consumption of avocados can lead to a better, clearer, healthier skin complexion.

4. Hormonal health

Avocados are one of the best sources of essential fats which are needed for hormone production and regulation. They contain plant sterols which essentially balance out the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, helping both sexes to have high energy levels and muscular development and retention.

5. Digestive health

The high (soluble) fibre content of avocados aids in the prevention of constipation issues by absorbing water and loosening stools. The B-complex vitamins in avocados aide in the conversion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates from food into energy, resulting in increased energy. Avocados also contain potassium and magnesium, both of which are necessary synergetic electrolytes in preventing dehydration.

6. Bone health

Since avocados contain several important minerals and vitamins (calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin D), all of which are needed in the strengthening of bones, consuming this fruit is helpful in keeping our bones healthy and strong.

There is so much to say on the health benefits of eating avocados. They are such a powerhouse of goodness and so great to eat as well. With so many ways to prepare them.

How do you use avocado? Would love to hear your awesome ideas.

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Diana's passions are family, travel, self-improvement, living a debt-free/financially free life. She also loves hanging out with family, friends and being with her dog Skye. You can connect with her through Livingandstuff.com

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