Avocados sometimes get a bad rap for being high in calories and high in fat. Not all fat is bad for you. We all need to get our good fats in each day. The monounsaturated fat in an avocado is healthy for you. They can lessen your LDL (bad cholesterol). Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocados and it has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are also are packed with potassium and vitamins A,C,E, K and B6.
This does not mean you get to eat unlimited amounts. As with any foods, eat these in moderation. Here are a few ways I incorporate avocados into my diet aside from guacamole:
Raspberry Lime Sorbet
1 large lime peeled
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed
1 packet of stevia, agave, or sweetener of your choice
1/2 fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup ice
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender such as vitamix or nutribullet starting at level 1 and go up to 10. In my vitamix this took about 45 seconds. Until it looks like sorbet or soft serve consistency. Top with lime zest and extra raspberries. Makes 1 large or 2 small servings.
This is a yummy, clean, dairy free dessert.
Ever since I ordered my Vitamix, it has been in constant use and I can’t imagine life without it. I am sure these recipes will work fine in any high speed blender. We have been doing a lot of green drinks here and this one was pretty creamy and delicious.
You can always add what you have and make it your own but this made four smoothies for us.
1 large handful of Spinach
1/2 cup to 1 cup water
2 green apples
1 TBSP Chia seeds
Blend in high speed blender starting at level one and go up to ten. Add more water for desired consistency.
It tasted just like a kiwi!
1 large lime or lemon peeled
1 ripe avocado
1 cup ice
1 packet of stevia or sweetener of your choice
lime or lemon zest for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender starting on level one and slowly go up to ten. Garnish with zest. I saw this recipe on Holli Thompson’s Blog and couldn’t wait to try it. I fell in love. Makes 2 servings.
I am so amazed at the response I got yesterday on Facebook. 250 Likes on the first day? My goal was 30. I am so grateful to all of you. I was going to wait until fall to publish it and share it but I have been emailing and texting recipes and ideas to too many people and this is a better way. This is a work in progress so bare with me. Keep watching this fall to see what I will have to offer.