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Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip

14 Aug

Yes, another avocado recipe! They are so delicious and nutritious, I couldn’t help but continue this week with more recipes.

We all love that creamy spinach and artichoke dip, but our waist doesn’t always agree. That is why avocados are a great way to create a healthier version. Avocados are packed with nutrients to provide a vast amount of nutrition, and with all of it’s healthy fats it contains, it keeps that delicious, creamy taste we all love in the typical unhealthy dip.

As I have said in previous posts, avocados are a perfect seasonal ingredient! Not only are they healthy for you, but the are refreshing and very versatile. You may think of using avocados only in guacamole, but that is certainly not the only possibility with this lovely fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Packed with healthy fats, this fruit not only keeps you satisfied longer, but serves as a great substitute for any typical, unhealthy fat in any recipe. If you look back at my last posts, you can see they are even great in desserts!

Missed the benefits of avocado in my last couple posts? Find them below the recipe here!

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Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip
-1 ripe Avocado
-1/4 cup Low Fat Mayonaise
-1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
-4 oz. Spinach, cooked and cooled
-1 Garlic Clove, minced
-1 tablespoon Lime Juice
-1/2 teaspoon each: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Honey
-1/4 teaspoon each: Sea Salt, Red Pepper seasoning

Directions: Place all ingredients except spinach in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add in Spinach and blend for a few seconds. Chill covered in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Avocado Benefits:
1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.
2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients
3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.
4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”
5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.
6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
7) Good source of fiber

Source: http://www.trueactivist.com/avocado-health-benefits-the-worlds-most-perfect-food/

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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No Sugar Chocolate Avocado Mousse & Avocado Benefits

6 Jun

Say what?! A mousse made of avocado? and no sugar added?! Yep, you read it right!

Last night I was really craving a sweet treat, but with being on week three of my sugar detox, I knew I wasn’t about to cave in for any chocolate, or even one of my many delicious protein shakes I usually have every night!

Since being home for the summer, my mom and I have been eating avocados like crazy, going through a bag a week! But I guess when you’re eating clean and not a ton of junk food, avocados are a great healthy fat to turn to when wanting something satisfying. Health facts included below :)

I knew I had used avocados many times in smoothies before to add a creamy texture, so I thought, why not try making a mousse out of it? So that is exactly what I did. And the result was incredible, satisfying my sweet craving absolutely perfectly.

Avocados are such a nutrient-dense food. What are the benefits? Here they are according to natural news:

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-Healthy Brain: The folate in avocados contribute to preventing formation of brain tangles that end in Alzheimers. They are also loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that is proven to prevent Alzheimers
Healthy Heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that boost heart health and lower blood pressure
-Pregancy: Folic acid helps the fetus develop its brain and other vital organs
-Eye Health: Contains carotenoid leutein, that specializes in protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage
-Blood Pressure: Combination of high potassium content(30% more than banana), with omega-3 and oleic acid reduce blood pressure
-Blood sugar: High soluble fiber prevents blood sugar spikes and the monounsaturated fat prevents insulin resistance (a source of type2 diabetes)
-Anti-Inflammatory: Contains an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavenoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents
-Anti-aging: The antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It replenishes and recycles other antioxidants in the body. Avocados are one of the rare foods that contain a good amount of glutathione
-Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine’s mucous lining, which improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.
-Cancer: Avocados can help protect again prostate and berate cancers

Convinced you should eat these delicious green fruits? (YES! It’s a fruit!) It’s so easy to incorporate them into your daily diet, whether eating them sliced with eggs on toast for breakfast, on a salad for lunch, sprinkled with a little lemon and salt for a snack, or by making my avocado mousse for dessert!

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse
-1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, chopped
-1 ripe banana, peeled, chopped
-1/4 cup almond milk
-2T cocoa powder
-1T nut butter (I chose PB)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Chill for at least one hour. Enjoy! I added fruit in with mine, and it was delicious. Top with whatever you desire.

 

For healthy facts and information about avocados, check out this lovely lady’s blog at http://fifisskinnymunch.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/super-food-avocado/