Power Foods: Why You Need More Avocado In Your Life

A few months ago, I had an aha moment.  I was interviewing the brilliant ladies (who countless models and actresses swear by)  over at Sakara Life, and realized I needed to be more intentional about eating those superfoods that we all hear so much about.

Sakara is a plant based meal delivery service that makes sure every meal is delicious, yet packed with ingredients that are nutrient rich.  Why just have banana and peanut butter toast (which is one of my morning favorites), when you can have banana, peanut butter, spirulina sprinkles, and blueberry toast?

I realized, I needed to start eating with more intention and find delicious ways to add foods with health benefits to my meals.  I became a student of what I was putting into my  body and began paying attention to everything that I was eating and learned more about what I should be eating.  Here on Vegan Sexy Cool, I am going to regularly share a bit of what I’ve learned in my Power Foods series and hopefully you’ll find some new ways to improve your diet and your health. First up, the avocado.

I could eat avocado everyday.  I use it in my morning smoothies. I love it sliced up when I am having vegan chili, black beans or soup; love it in a sandwich; love it in a salad dressing and don’t get me started on a bowl of guac!

My go to recipe is avocado toast topped with black beans and sliced tomatoes, with a little salsa on the side. I also love to blend avocado with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and apple cider vinegar for a easy, healthy, low calorie and delicious salad dressing,

What I especially love about loving the avocado is that, not only is it hella yummy, but it is also actually good for you. The avocado is heart healthy and nutrient dense.  Nutrient dense means it is packed with substantial amounts of nutrients and minerals (including potassium and magnesium).  There is a lot of fat in all that goodness, but don’t beat yourself up because it’s that good fat that we need. (research and photo here is courtesy of the California Avocado Commission. For more avocado nutrition information please visit CaliforniaAvocado.com.)

And BONUS:  if you are a beauty DIYer and want to save some money on a facial treatment, then throw some avocado  into your next homemade facial mask.  Avocados are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that will help with the battle against wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema, acne and more.

So, how do you like your avocado?  Be sure to let me know.  I’m always open to some new ideas.

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