Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"

This week I am inspired by one of my favorite summertime foods..AVOCADOS!! Did you know they are sometimes referred to as “alligator pears” and are actually a fruit?!
They are considered one of the most beneficial foods on the planet! They contain over 25 essential nutrients: Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and protein, just to name a few!

You may have heard that avocados are high in fat…yes, but the GOOD kind of fat, the monounsaturated kind. You should be eating more of those fats and less of the saturated and trans fats. Our bodies do need fat…just not the kind most Americans consume on a regular basis! Fat provides energy. If we don’t expend a lot of energy then that fat gets stored....and I don’t have to tell ya where!  So, once again…fat is good for us…the good fats(mono and poly)…but in moderation!  

Here’s just a few reasons why avocado is so good for you:

*avocado oil has been known to help in treating psoriasis-a skin disease that causes skin redness and irritation
*studies have shown that extracts from avocados were able to kill some oral cancer cells and prevented pre-cancerous cells from developing
*it is high in oleic acid, which has shown to prevent breast cancer, help with blood flow, and inhibit the growth of prostate cancer
*they have more lutien than most fruits, which helps protect against macular degeneration and cataracts
*it is high in beta-sitosterol, which helps lower cholesterol levels
*it is high in folate, which help lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and helps to prevent certain birth defects.
*very rich in antioxidants like glutathione, which helps boost your immune system and slows aging.
*great source of potassium (more than a banana) which can help in controlling high blood pressure.
*the good fats help our body absorb nutrients like beta-carotene and lycopene. So if you add avocado to your salad that has carrots and tomatoes on it, you would get even MORE nutrients!

Here’s a delicious summer salad to try! (from one of my favorite websites
*3 tbs fresh lime juice
*4 tsp honey
*2 tbs olive oil
*1/2 tsp sea salt
*1 cantaloupe(about 3lbs), quartered and seeded
*1 avocado
*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1.       In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil and salt…set aside.
2.       Cut each cantaloupe quarter in half lengthwise. Run a knife between the flesh and skin of the melon, discard skin.

Slice each wedge lengthwise into ½ inch pieces.
3.       Cut each avocado in quarters length-wise and then into ½ inch thick slices. Add the cantaloupe, avocado, and tomatoes to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat.

Have a Healthy Week!
DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!
(for the record, I have been known to rub the inside of the avocado peel on my skin..I know…crazy right?!…but there are hidden oils in the peel that have anti aging benefits and moisturizers!  After you scoop out all the delicious avocado, gently rub the inside of the peel on those spots where you don’t want lines…you can leave it on overnight and wash your face in the kidding!)

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