8 Ways to Eat Avocado and Lose Weight

September 9, 2013

Avocado With Spinach And Feta Salad

It gets about 85 percent of its calories from fat. A one-cup serving has 32 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.

It’s one of the main ingredients in a sinful and rich dip for chips. And it’s one of the foods you really should be eating more often.

It’s the avocado, a staple ingredient in foods around the world. It shows up in salads in Latin American diets and in the sweet ending of the meal in places like Thailand and the Philippines.

It’s a boon to everyone: dieters, vegetarians, and anyone who enjoys fresh, tasty foods. Nutritionists once warned the health-conscious not to eat avocados because of their high fat content.

But as we’ve learned more about nutrition and diet, we’ve come to recognize that avocados have a lot to offer.

Yes, they are high in fat. But they are also a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-6, iron, potassium, niacin, and magnesium.

A one-cup serving of avocado provides 40 percent of your daily allowance of fiber. This fiber, combined with the vegetable’s fat content, means that you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied after you’ve eaten.

As if that weren’t enough, the fat in avocados makes it easier for your body to absorb antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene. Here are a few delicious ways to get more avocado into your diet:

Toss peeled avocado slices on the grill just long enough to get char marks for an indulgent and healthy side dish.

Experiment with avocado’s sweeter side by buzzing up ripe avocado chunks in the blender as the thickener in a fruit smoothie.

Throw them in the blender with chopped tomatoes and peppers, vegetable broth and seasonings for a different and decadent take on gazpacho Toss avocado chunks into your favorite potato salad.

Use a halved avocado as a serving dish for a refreshing salad of black beans and corn in a spicy vinaigrette.

Add slices of rich, buttery avocado to your favorite ceviche recipe — it will balance the tartness of the citrus and tone down the effects of chile peppers.

Toss some avocado into chicken stock and use an immersion blender to make a creamy, savory soup.

We can’t really advocate the bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on a site as health-conscious as MyDiet.com… but if you do happen to make a BLT, add some avocado slices. You’ll be glad you did.


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