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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

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