It is interesting to discover the origin of names. In this case, the name avocado comes from an Aztec word that means “testicle tree” because the green, roundish fruits grow in pairs. What an interesting mental picture, right? The Aztecs certainly had a way with words.
I LOVE avocados! Yet for years I avoided them like the plague. Drilled into my head from childhood was the notion that they are fattening. Knowing that, why on earth would I want to eat avocados since my goal was to be lean and mean. Yes, once in a while I would steal a nibble at a party or restaurant but generally speaking, I was fiercely disciplined.
In time, I was remarkably lean. 6% body fat to be exact. My goal had been attained. However, I soon realized that I was sadly deprived of beneficial, actually invaluable quality fat in my nutritional strategy. An element of wellness was missing and my body was beginning to throw fit!
Once I realized that I needed quality fat, and believe me there are varying degrees of fat quality, I began to introduce avocados back into my meals. The fact is, avocados are only 5-22% fat, depending on the variety. This fat is mostly monounsaturated oleic acid with a full complement of lipase and vitamin E. They also contain notable measures of carotenoids, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals that include potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. All of that means THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU!
I not only added avocados back into my plan but other high quality fats like the roasted skin from pasture raised chickens, and coconut oil. Future topics. My energy and strength increased, my muscle size grew and I generally felt far more satisfied and fulfilled. As to my body fat, I have since eliminated cardio from my routine and even with these added fats, nearly one year later I am at a shocking 8%. J There goes the notion that eating fat = being fat. Again, it is a matter of quality and avocados and superior.
You’ll most likely know avocados best as Guacamole. Of course, I tell you now, forget about the chips! I’ll also tell you that the pre-packed stuff you find now in the grocery store and most of the dips found at restaurants is not healthy and not respectful to this beneficial element of wellness. I tell you this because I love you and wellness is my desire for your life! J
I’m including my guacamole recipe today along with another favourite of mine; Egg and Avocado salad. Both of these are delicious and nutritious ways to enjoy the decadent roundish, green elements of nature.
· 2 ripe avocados
· Juice of one lemon
· 1 small diced tomato
· 1 small diced jalapeño pepper
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
· Pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Peel avocados. Place in a bowl and drizzle with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Mash with a fork. Do not use a blender. Stir in tomato, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Season with sea salt and black pepper. I like to serve it on top of oven roasted chicken. Of course, crudités is another healthy option.
Egg and Avocado Salad
· Ripe avocado peeled and chopped
· 4 hardboiled eggs, (1 whole, 3 whites only), chopped
· Pinch of sea salt
· Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper
Place avocado in a bowl. Mash with a fork. Stir in chopped eggs. Season with sea salt and black pepper. This is great for breakfast served on a slice of sprouted grain toast.
Eat up and Be Well!!