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Avocados

 
Avocados have become a popular ingredient in recipes and restaurant dishes. One reason may be due to their many health benefits. Here are some to get excited about.

1. They’re high in nutritious fats. Especially monounsaturated fats, which can help to improve cholesterol.

2. They’re high in fiber. A full avocado has 14 grams of fiber. Fiber digests slower and helps to keep you full for longer. Eating more of it can help improve metabolism and help reduce the risk of disease such as diabetes and cancer.

3. They have nutrients that help protect vision. Specifically lutein and zeaxanthin, which can protect you from the blue light that phones and other screens give off.

4. They may help you get a better night’s sleep. Avocados are a rich source of magnesium. This mineral can help the body fall and stay asleep, better absorb vitamin D, and reduce stress.

5. They’re high in antioxidants. Especially glutathione, which the liver uses to help filter out toxins from the body.

As an added bonus, their creamy texture works well in a variety of recipes!
 
Avocado Pesto
Servings: 3
 
Ingredients:
 
1 medium sized avocado
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Preparation:
  
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. 
2. Use this pesto on your favorite pasta, sandwich or wrap!

 
Serving Size: 1/3 recipe

Nutrition Information per Serving: 167 calories, 14 grams total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 7.8 grams carbohydrate, 4.6 grams fiber, 3.8 grams protein, 156 milligrams sodium, 357 milligrams potassium, 0.4 grams sugar
 
 
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