A Nutritionist Explains: Why Avocados Deserve the Hype

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Have you been feeling like the world’s avocado obsession is avo-control? In honor of National Avocado Day on July 31, we asked Freshly’s Head Nutritionist, Brooke, why avocados are so popular AND so darn good for us. 

So Brooke. Break it down for us. Avocados are full of fat, but you’ve said that’s a good thing?

Brooke: Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats, also known as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats are super important for the squishy outer layer that makes up all of our cells. They’re also important for proper hormone production (like estrogen and testosterone), support healthy skin and bones, and help with the absorption of specific vitamins like A, D, E, and K.

If guac is always going to be extra, we need to know whyyyyy. What else do avocados have going for them?

Brooke: Many Americans are deficient in potassium, an essential mineral of which avocados happen to be an excellent source. In case that’s not reason enough, avocados are super rich in antioxidants and very beneficial for supporting the liver and the body’s natural detoxification pathways.

Any pro tips we may not know about?

Brooke: The most nutrient-dense part of the avocado is the dark green color just inside the rind. If you scoop out the avocado, you can miss out on some of the nutrients in the fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). So the best method is to actually peel the skin off of the avocado instead of scooping it out. (If it’s ripe, the skin should come off easily.)

Have any easy ways to incorporate them into our everyday meals?

Brooke: For Freshly meals, I like adding slices on top of our two chilis, the Southwest chicken bowl, and the pork al pastor bowl (shown above).

For a snack, I love making a quick guac with just mashed avocado, fresh-squeezed lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper. My special trick to making the best guac is extra, extra lime and lots of fresh veggies for dipping (endive, radishes, peppers, cucumbers).

For a sweet treat, I also add avocados to smoothies because they make them nice and thick. My fave recipe is coconut milk (amount to taste/thickness), 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, and cacao powder for a chocolate kick. It gets nice and thick like ice cream. Yum!

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