With recent emphasis on eating more fat, avocados have been in the spotlight for their healthy source of omega-6 fatty acids. The yellow-green flesh infused with many phytochemical compounds (from the sun) help restore stomach and intestinal linings. Easy to digest, their creamy flesh is the ultimate gut soother for those suffering with food sensitivities, Crohn’s, colitis or IBS. Avocados even contain anti-inflammatory properties that act like aspirin, without thinning the blood.
No, eating fat does not make you fat. Fat has taken the blame for the increasing number of obesity rates over the years. Eating the wrong fats, such as filing up on fried donuts or blocks of processed cheese, will wreak havoc on the body and contribute to inflammation, which in turn can cause you to gain weight. But eating the right types of healthy fat is crucial for your brain and body to function in an optimal state. You can find these fats in foods such as avocados, chia seeds, flax, hemp, coconut oil, olive oil, organic grass-fed butter, ghee, and wild-caught salmon.
One of the easiest ways to bring more of the healthy fat back into your diet is homemade salad dressings. Instead of trying to pronounce chemical-filled ingredient labels found on commercially made salad dressings, you will know all of the ingredients going into your body. Normally, I will make a dressing 5 minutes before serving dinner. Simply add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, a dash of maple syrup and a squeeze of lemon to your blender, blend on high until creamy and enjoy over greens of choice! Adding in hemp seeds, or avocado will make dressings extra thick and creamy. If salads are not your jam, this decadent, chocolate avocado loaf will be sure to do the trick!
P.S. Did you know that avocados are actually a fruit?