After yesterday’s post I know that many of you agree that dark green veggies have super powers (although, I think the canned spinach that Popeye depended on suffered a little in the processing). But nutrient-dense dynamos are not limited to vegetables. One extraordinary green “fruit” (I know, it is a bit confusing but it is biologically a fruit) is the avocado. I’m sure you are all already devoted fans.
Although most people recognize the benefits of the monounsaturated fats in avocados, they are less aware of the amazing array of other nutrients and phytochemicals this fruit provides. Avocados are an excellent source of folate, potassium (even better than bananas), vitamin C, vitamin E, antioxidants and fibre (13.5 grams per medium avocado). The plant sterols in avocados inhibit cholesterol absorption, reduce blood cholesterol and reduce tumour growth (according to current studies).
With all that goodness, avocados also give dips, soups, smoothies and desserts a rich, creamy texture that satisfies our craving for fat. You probably know that humans think fat=delicious. You can find lots of recipes that use avocados on my blog’s recipe index including: Avocado Collard Dip and Avocado Chocolate Mousse.
My ex-boyfriend often reminds me of the day when we were putting away groceries in the kitchen and he saw me kiss the avocado. It was just a peck. I think he was jealous of my adoration for this versatile fruit. What can I say, when I love something I just can’t keep it to myself. When I learned that my diet was devoid of health promoting fats, I turned back to my old friend (the avocado not the ex).
Avocados are one the best foods to include in your diet as a whole food source of fat. It is unique because it is rich in both fats and fibre unlike other sources such as cold pressed oils and raw nuts. The Avocado Dip (pg. 269) in Becoming Raw also includes B12 boosting nutritional yeast, making it an excellent dip to pair with raw veggies, flax crackers or stirred into lightly steamed veggies to compliment their nutritional profile.
Training Update: This month’s focus on building my fitness base with a lot of cross training continues. I spent 48 minutes (that’s how long the new episode of Vegetarian Food For Thought podcast lasted) pedalling away on a stationary bike. I focused on keeping the RPMs above 100 and played with the levels between 10 and 7. I have learned to keep my mind set on lifting my knees rather than pushing down on the pedals. That technique keeps up my speed and limits the pressure on my knees. After a quick shower I took advantage of a day off and the 20 degree weather to stroll the city streets.
How do you express your love for food?
Have you tried avocados in both sweet and savoury applications? Any favourite recipes?
I’m back at work tomorrow and facing my first weekday 10k since the half-marathon. I hope my avocado intake will boost my motivation to keep moving.