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10 Health Benefits & Infographic for Avocados

By |July 27th, 2014|

Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!

Avocados are bursting with of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe.  Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Powerfood.

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn

10 Avocados Benefits

1. Nutrient dense fruit

Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C. 

Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contain vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient dense!

2. A Source of Healthy Fat

They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.

3. Help Cure Cancer

Avocados will help your body make more glutathione than many other foods.  Glutathione has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.

Researchers found extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of precancerous cells that lead to oral cancer.  Avocado extract was found to inhibit prostate cancer.

4. Excellent as a First Baby Food

Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.

5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Avocado slows digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

6. Avocados can Protect Unborn Babies

One avocado provides one third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.

7. Improve Eyesight

The high amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in avocados can protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and improve your vision. One ounce of avocado contains 81 micrograms of lutein.

8. Have Low Pesticide Levels

“Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.” Says Environmental Working Group The thick skin of the avocado protects it from absorbing pesticides.

9. Help with Weight Loss

It was found that those who ate half of a fresh avocado with their lunch had a 40 percent less desire to eat for 3 hours after lunch, and a 28 percent less desire to eat 5 hours after as compared with those who ate lunch with no avocado.

10.  Good for Sexual Health and Fertility

They are rich in Vitamin B6 and folic acid which regulate sexual hormone functions.  Also, Vitamin B6 and potassium boost testosterone production in males.  Being rich in heart healthy fats, the heart will keep beating strong; making sure that blood is flowing to the right places.

Perhaps those Spanish priests were on to something when they banned their parishioners from eating avocados. Avocados were a fertility fruit for the Aztecs and used as an aphrodisiac by the Mayans. Old folklore mentions the Aztecs […]

Quinoa Arugula Salad

By |June 27th, 2014|

This is a yummy and nourishing quinoa arugula salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds. It is a whole meal in one bowl.

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked Quinoa
2 handfuls, Arugula
1 small handful Parsley
1/4 Red Pepper, chopped
1 small Cucumber, sliced in rounds
1/2 Avocado, chopped
5 pitted Olives
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds, roasted
1/4 – 1/3 cup Light Olive Oil Salad Dressing

Directions:

  1. Mix greens, avocado, olives and red pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Mix in Salad Dressing
  3. Mix in cucumber and cooked quinoa.
  4. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
  5. Now sit down and enjoy this delicious salad.

This is one  serving or if you are a big eater you may need to double the ingredients.

Tip: If you want to make extra for the next day, do not mix the salad dressing, cucumber or pumpkin seeds in. A mix of the basic ingredients will last 3 days in the fridge.

Here is my favourite quinoa:  truRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain Premium Quality.

Note:  Arugula has many health and detox benefits. Because of this I often use it in my weight loss and detox classes.

More quinoa recipes:

Deluxe Quinoa Pudding

Quinoa with Pomegranate and Cashews

Quinoa Coconut Almond Porridge – Sugarless

Quick Quinoa Porridge

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Avocado Vegetable Dip

By |August 6th, 2011|

What I like about this raw avocado vegetable dip is that it is full of vegetables; adding the celery makes it crunchy and not so rich as well as healthier.
There are so many dips available to buy at the grocery store but this is one is healthier with it’s low sodium content,  monounsaturated fat and a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that may protect vision. Best of all it is fresh and tasty. Also, I enjoy this mixture is on mixed green salads.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, peeled & pitted
1 tsp. onion, finely minced
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tomato, chopped
Nori & Dulse seaweed flakes to taste

Directions:

1. Mash avocado.
2. Add onion, celery and lemon juice and mix in well.
3. Gently mix in chopped tomato.
4 Place in serving bowl on a plate surround with cucumber rounds, slices of radishes and corn chips.

More Healthy Vegan Dip Recipes:

Fancy Pineapple Salsa

Yogurt Dip

Creamy Butter Bean Dip

Easy Cheezy Nachos

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