Avocados... not just a salad topper!
Avocados can be used in a variety of ways. The base for guacamole, layered on a burger or salad, stuffed into another vegetable - so many options! They are also such a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fat.
The average avocado has 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. Here are three more great reasons to eat more avocados, including my favorite dinner salad!
- Avocados help curb your appetite. A Loma Linda study suggests that eating half an avocado may contribute to feelings of satiety and reduce the desire to eat between meals.
- Vitamin A is for Avocado. Researchers at Ohio State University discovered that a whole fresh avocado, when eaten with raw carrots or an orange-colored tomato sauce, heightened the absorption of vitamin A. This helps support healthy skin, immune function and vision as well as boasts healthy antioxidant properties.
- Avocados may prevent cancer. Avocados are rich in phytochemicals, which have been reported to help prevent the development of certain cancers.
Awesome Avocado Salad Recipe
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 avocado diced (Cut avocado in half and pull out pit. Next criss-cross with a knife to make small chunks and push avocado skin to release cubes)
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds (Purchase plain sunflower seeds and sear in a pan yourself!)
- 1/4 cup honey goat cheese
- 1/4 cup sliced red cabbage
- 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
Place all ingredients in a large salad bowl and add dressing to taste. A great choice is a honey mustard or poppy seed store variety, or try my simple honey basil dressing below! Feel free to add chicken, shrimp or a sliced petite filet for a boost of protein. Honestly, this salad is so good you may just want to enjoy the awesomeness of it alone.
Honey Basil Dressing Recipe
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoon honey or agave
- 1/4 cup minced basil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste