In celebration of National Avocado Day (which is July 31), today’s Diet & Nutrition Guide shares easy ways to add delicious and nutritious avocado into your diet. From nutrient-rich breakfast smoothies that will make your skin glow to hearty sandwiches that will fill you up, here are several great-tasting ways to add avocado into your diet.
Avocados are one of the most popular fruits on the market, it’s no wonder that this superfood has become one of the staple ingredients in so many restaurant dishes. From guacamole to avocado toast and beyond, this rich and highly flavorful food is a great addition to lots of meals.
Health & Beauty Benefits of Avocados
Just in case you weren’t aware, here are some of the beauty and wellness-boosting benefits of avocado:
- Avocados are considered to be a good source of “healthy fats” as they contain monounsaturated fatty acids. This helps your body to create radiant, glowing skin and healthy, shiny hair.
- Avocados contain a lot of nutrients, such as vitamins and potassium, which help your body function more efficiently.
- Avocados are loaded with fiber, which aids digestion and keeps you regular. This not only fills you up at meals, but it also helps you naturally maintain a healthy weight.
- The antioxidants found in avocados are also helpful in anti-aging, as they fight free radicals (which cause premature aging in skin cells).
For breakfast, adding avocado to a healthy green smoothie is an easy way to boost your digestion, improve the appearance and health of your skin and hair, and add tons of rich flavor to your smoothie. Mix in some leafy greens (like kale or spinach), apple (for a hint of sweetness), ice, and a scoop of vanilla yogurt.
If you love croissant sandwiches, avocado adds a rich and flavorful addition to this decadent lunch-time dish. A classic BLT goes above and beyond with a few slices of fresh avocado.
A spicy grilled shrimp salad topped with fresh greens and mixed with fiber-rich quinoa gets a hearty dose of flavor and nutrients with slices of avocado for garnishment.
If you think you recognize the dish above, you probably do. It’s the world-famous avocado egg rolls from The Cheesecake Factory. These decadent and delicious appetizers are made even more special as they’re stuffed with ripe avocados.
Last, but certainly not least, Crema restaurant in Pacific Grove, California goes above and beyond with their over-the-top dish on their “Secret Food Menu” called the “Bene Fries”, which includes minced ham, two poached eggs, tomato, avocado, and hollandaise, and of course french fries.
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