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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Foods That Fight Fat #1: Avocado

Over the next several weeks, we would like to introduce you to Seven Fat Fighting Foods. By incorporating these foods into a healthy lifestyle, you will enjoy incredible results! Some may be obvious, and some may shock you!

Fat Fighting Food #1 is Avocados! Avocados may also be referred to as the Alligator Pear due to the shape and dark green, leather-like appearance. 

Avocados have seemed to develop a bad rap as a vegetable TOO high in fat.  Let us begin with the fact that Avocados are indeed a fruit, or a large berry with a single seed.  Second, avocados are know as a Super Food "Fat Fighter" due to there high content of monounsaturated fats, which are the "GOOD FATS". 

How it works Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation. Half an avocado contains 10 grams of the healthy fats! YEAH!

Other benefits of Avocados Include:

Helps maintain a healthy heart
Lowers cholesterol
Controls blood pressure
Promotes eye health
Regulate blood sugar levels
Reduces stroke risks
Anti-aging properties
Healthy skin

It is suggested to eat an avocado per day.  Here is a suggested recipe to try. Enjoy!

Avocado Whip
2 cups

2 Avocados, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2-3 limes)
1 Tbsp tahini
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth (about 30 seconds).  Transfer to serving dish. (To make up to 6 hours in advanced, set aside 1 Tbsp of lime juice; drizzle over surface and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate.)  Garnish with fresh pepper.

This would be perfect as a vegetable dip or can also be used as a condiment on your favorite wrap.

Stay tuned for Fat Fighting Food #2 coming soon!

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