Oh, Oh Avocado! 5 Benefits of a Powerhouse Fruit

Oh, Oh Avocado! 5 Benefits of a Powerhouse Fruit

 

If you have yet to jump on the avocado bandwagon, it’s seriously time to consider it. This fruit with its creamy insides is popular as the main ingredient in guacamole and, most recently, spread over toast. But did you know that an avocado has more potassium than banana? Read more benefits of avocados and check out a few delicious recipes in the links below.

Avocados Do a Body Good

  • Avocados are loaded with nutrients including vitamin C, K, B, E and A.
  • They promote healthy heart contraction and reduce high blood pressure.
  • Just one avocado can contain almost 15% of the daily recommended potassium intake. This equals one and a half large bananas.
  • Avocados are a great source of fiber, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Vitamin C in avocados may promote a glowing complexion, helping to reduce skin inflammation, accelerate wound healing and soothe dry skin.

Now get in the kitchen and prepare a delicious avocado dish!

Avocado Egg-in-a-Hole Toast

Avocado and Kale Omelet

Avocado Tuna Salad

Grilled Chicken with Mango, Bell Pepper and Avocado

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting

Go Bananas! 4 Benefits of This Popular Fruit

Go Bananas! 4 Benefits of This Popular Fruit

This handy yellow fruit may be the most popular fruit in the world. In addition to being convenient, bananas are chock full of nutrients and health-boosting benefits. Here are just a few that will make you even more happy to eat bananas.

Fiber

According to the USDA, one banana has about 3 g of fiber, helping you feel fuller longer and keeping the digestive system flowing.

Antioxidant-Rich

Bananas are a rich in vitamin C. One banana provides roughly 13 percent to 16 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. This nutrient aids in the growth and repair of tissues of your body. It helps your body make collagen and repair wounds and helps maintain bones and teeth. Those who consume bananas carry a lower risk for developing high blood pressure than people who eat a poor diet. Vitamin C can also stop the progression of atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries.

Cancer

Consuming bananas, oranges, and orange juice in the first two years of life may reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. Bananas can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. High fiber intakes from fruits and vegetables like bananas are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

Heart healthy

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.

 

5 Great Post-Workout Snacks for the Serious Athlete

5 Great Post-Workout Snacks for the Serious Athlete

Congrats! You just knocked out an awesome workout. Don’t ruin it by eating the wrong foods. Here are 5 delicious post-workout snacks that will feed your muscles and keep your metabolism revved up.

 

Hey, Hummus, Hey! Why You Should Be Eating This Tasty Dip

Hey, Hummus, Hey! Why You Should Be Eating This Tasty Dip

Looks yummy, right? This picture is enough to make your mouth water. But its looks are only the beginning of hummus’ goodness.

Hummus is usually made from chickpeas, a fiber-rich legume that’s also packed with protein, so it’s perfect for active folks. Don’t like chickpeas? Switch it up! Use black beans, beets or whatever you like.

Check out some of our favorite hummus dishes and hummus making tips from around the web:

hummus-epicurious

VIDEO: How to Make Garlic Hummus from epicurious.com

Take Hummus Beyond Chickpeas from epicurious.com

How to Make Really Good, Authentic Hummus

7 Delicious Bowls of Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus by Buzzfeed