My exploration of power foods continues this week with this lovely pale green Avocado Pear Smoothie, a refreshing healthy way to start the day with just 4 Weight WatchersPointsPlus value.
A group of bloggers led by Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits, is working their way through the healthy ingredients contained within Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, from Martha Stewart and the editors Whole Living Magazine.
This week’s Power Foods ingredient is Avocado, a personal favorite, so I ended up making two recipes from the book: this avocado pear smoothie and a delicious quinoa and corn salad with toasted pumpkin seeds and avocado that I lightened up to make more Weight Watchers friendly.
If you haven’t seen the book, it’s worth checking out. The 38 Power Foods are categorized into 5 chapters: 1) Vegetables; 2) Fruits; 3) Grains and Legumes; 4) Nuts and Seeds; and 5) Eggs, Yogurt and Fish. Along with recipes for each ingredient, there’s interesting health information, as well as buying, storing, and preparation tips, making it a useful resource.
Avocado is number 3 of 15 power foods included in the vegetables chapter.
Can you believe that I was well into my 20s before ever tasting an avocado? It was love at first bite and now I feel like I’m trying to make up for lost time! Fortunately, I live in Arizona where they are reasonably priced and plentiful, especially at this time of year.
With their rich, creamy texture, it’s easy to guess that avocados are high in fat. Thankfully, it’s the good kind – monounsaturated – which may help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase your HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
But I don’t think you’d ever guess just how rich in fiber avocados are (13 grams) or that gram for gram they have more potassium than bananas. They also contain a healthy dose of beta carotene, as well as vitamins B6, C and E, folate, niacin and thiamin.