I was born in California to a mama who loves to cook in a family that loves to eat. I am grateful to have learned to make guacamole young and despite a move to New York when I was 6, California love has been running through my bones for 30 years.
Avocados have been a staple in the fruit bowl for as long as I’ve been in the kitchen and to live a life without them feels empty. Drama aside, I really appreciate the avocado and the benefits it brings. My body actually feels confused when this special fruit isn’t available, which is maybe one reason I migrate to warmer climates and prefer to live in places where Avocado is always in season.
Traveling and living briefly in Spain made me realize that many don’t include this fruit in their diet because of the heartbreaking misconception that fat will make you fat.
Did you know avocado can actually help you absorb nutrients from other plant foods? This means you will receive more benefit from the foods you eat when you include avocado. Another cool thing to know: avocados specifically nourish the organs of reproduction and are incredibly beneficial for mamas and their growing babies. Eating them in pregnancy can deliver the vitamins a baby needs most while developing (while simultaneously being the perfect image of a womb). There are as many anecdotes for the benefits of avocado as there are variations of tasty avocado toast available to us.
If you peak through any of my recipes you’ll quickly find many yummy ideas to inspire you in your kitchen and most of them include avocado (my favorites are included below!).
What makes this fruit more than just delicious and how you can incorporate more of them into your sweet life.
High Vibe, High Vitamin
One half of a medium-sized avocado holds 26% of your daily dose of Vitamin K, more potassium than a banana, vitamin C, E, B1, 2, 3, 5+6, folate, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. Also: 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of (healthy) fat and 2 grams of carbs with less than 150 calories. So if you’re keeping track, it’s full of a lot of good stuff and contributes to a lot of necessarily bodily processes to keep you running strong.
An avocado a day to…
- Reduce inflammation
- Fight bad breath
- Brighten and improve eye health
- Moisturize skin, nails and hair and reduce signs of aging
- Support a healthy weight
- Strengthen your bones
- Maintain or improve the health of your liver, heart, and kidneys
- Lower the impact of hypertension, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure