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Benefits of Eating Avocados Every Day

Imagine a super food that could potentially provide benefits for heart heath, vision, osteoporosis prevention, depression, and digestion – all while offering a natural detoxifying agent along with protection from some chronic disease. Sounds pretty crazy, right? Believe it or not, you can get all that and more from avocados.

Avocados are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and offer an abundance of nutrients including fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, vitamin C – all of which are extremely beneficial to athletes. Avocados are also high in folate, which, in adequate levels, has been shown to aid in protecting against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers. In addition, folate is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy, with adequate intake reducing the risk of miscarriage.

All those benefits make avocados hard to resist. But you don’t have to eat them plain, or just in guacamole for that matter. You can easily use avocados in place of mayonnaise, butter, or sour cream. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate avocados into everyday meals.

– Spread it on toast or add it to grilled cheese
– Toss it in your smoothies
– Grill it with salmon or ribeye
– Add it to your salads

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa

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Serves 6

2 jalapeños (seeded for less heat, if desired)
1 clove garlic
½ medium white onion
kosher salt
1 can black beans
2 scallions
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 avocado
½ c. fresh cilantro

In a large bowl, combine the jalapeños, garlic, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Add the beans, scallions, lime juice, and oil and toss to combine. Fold in the avocado and cilantro.

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Natural Detoxification with Fruit Infused Water

Next time you’re feeling a headache come on or need a little help with heartburn or digestion, skip the pills and try a natural method. Fruit-infused water is a great way to give your body a boost.

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Black Bean Veggie Burger

What comes to mind when you hear the term veggie burger? If you’re picturing frozen, tasteless patties, think again. When prepared properly, black bean patties can make for a delicious alternative to your typical meat option. And, the beans, vegetables and whole grains make it a great choice for diabetics.7

1 16 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
1 egg
3 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of Thai chili sauce or hot sauce

For Grilling:
Preheat your grill on high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil
For Baking: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet

– Mash the black beans with a fork until they’re thick and pasty
– In a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, then stir into mashed beans
– In a separate bowl, mix the egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce
– Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans
– Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together
– Divide the mixture into four patties

For Grilling:
 Place the patties on foil and grill for about 8 minutes on each side
For Baking: Place the patties on baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes on each side

Serve with your favorite condiments.
* Whole grain buns are suggested for diabetics