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