Avocado Adds Up
Call us sentimental, but any kind of get-together brings out the dipper in us — and then, of course, we think of avocados!
They’re part of one of our favorite dips of all time, but avocados are more than guacamole. Along with that delicious flavor:
- They contribute important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to your diet — and they’re one of the only sugar-free fruits (though we treat them like veggies).
- Avocados are the #1 fresh produce source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats — that’s the good fat that gives avocados their unique creamy and satisfying texture.
- They act like a “nutrient booster,” helping you more easily absorb fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K (and antioxidants like lutein) from foods that you eat with them.
So take Today’s Step and add some avocado to your menu — spread a ripe one on some crunchy whole grain toast with a little sea salt and cracked pepper; slice one over your salad greens; scoop carrots, celery, bell peppers and cucumbers into a fresh avocado salsa. Your taste buds and your body will both benefit.
BONUS: Make your avocados organic, and you’ll help keep the residues of conventional agricultural pesticides and fertilizers out of your food — and the environment — so the planet will benefit, too!