One of my favorite foods...
It's been a busy week for me, as always, but I love keeping busy! I'm still on my cleanse, and am starting to feel much better and finally have more energy! If you've thought about doing a cleanse before and you're interested in learning more about my 7 and 14 day cleanses, you can click here to find out more. They are whole foods based, so not juice cleanses, and they don't require you to take any crazy pills or anything. Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite foods. If you haven't already guessed by the picture...it's avocados! They are so versatile. Most people probably think of guacamole or chopping it up on a salad, but one of my favorite ways to eat them is in a smoothie. I put 1/2 an avocado in my smoothie every time I have one, which thickens it up a lot. Otherwise, the liquid kind of separates from the spinach and other ingredients. Here are some of the reasons I love avocados:
I love how delicious they are and that they contain the "healthiest” of fats.
I love how they make your skin beautiful. The antioxidants in avocados help to get rid of toxins that promote premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. A lot of the toxins on your facial skin are the residue of makeup. Applying 1 mashed avocado as a facial mask and leaving it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing will help to remove these toxins and soften the skin.
I love that you can make it into a spread on your Ezekiel bread toast with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
I love that they can make your hair shiny. One avocado mashed and mixed together with 1 egg and your favorite essential oil is great for conditioning your hair. The healthy oils in the avocado help to moisturize and soften dry and brittle hair, and the vitamin E helps to restore a natural shine to your hair. To obtain these benefits simply massage the avocado and egg mixture into your hair and scalp and leave in for about 20 minutes. Then wash and condition with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
I love to chop it up in my salads. Any kind of salad.
I love that you can use it on your sandwiches in place of mayonnaise.
I love that they provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body, because avocados also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian or vegan seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet. Highest protein content of any fruit (yes, it’s a fruit).
As I mentioned before, I love to use them in my smoothies to add some creamy richness.
You can scramble them in your egg white omelet.
I love that they provide great nutrients. While avocados have a high caloric count (one avocado is 320 calories), the various nutrients and “healthy” fats make it a must-eat. They are an alphabet of vitamins. One avocado provides your body with vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, along with an enormous amount of potassium and “healthy” fat. Perhaps the biggest health benefit of avocados is that by adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!
Do you eat avocados? They are truly an amazing food. Hopefully, it you aren't already, you will start incorporating them into your diet more after realizing all of the benefits that they provide I plan to one day grow an avocado tree. I keep saving the seeds to start one, but haven't gotten around to it yet. As always, if you are looking for clarity on why you are struggling to reach your health goals, and would like to sign up for a FREE 45 minute Discovery Session with me, click here.