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Avocado Nutrition Facts: 6 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know

Avocado Nutrition Facts: 6 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know

Avocados are not only delicious and versatile in so many ways, they are packed full of goodness containing 20 health-boosting nutrients making it one of the best foods to eat as part of a healthy diet. But do you know exactly what makes avocados so great? Here are some avocado nutrition facts to let you know just how amazing they are!

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What’s in an avocado that makes it so healthy?

There is so much goodness packed in just one serving of avocado (one cup or half a fruit). Avocados contain a huge variety of vitamins including the essential vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.

They contain high amounts of antioxidants, lutein, monounsaturated fats, magnesium and fibre which all contribute to optimum all-round health. Not only that but they contain almost no sodium (salt) or saturated fats that cause heart disease.

Why exactly are they so good for me?

Potassium is essential for brain function, lowering blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure, increasing bone health and even lowering stress and anxiety; it’s pretty much essential for the proper function of all cells, tissues and organs in the body and avocados are packed full of potassium—even more than bananas!

Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin that helps produce antibodies. This means that your immune system is getting a huge boost when you eat avocado and works more efficiently to fight off diseases. An avocado a day may just keep the doctor away!

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Vitamin K (not to be mistaken for potassium) is essential for healthy bones and helps to heal wounds through healthy blood clotting.

Avocados are high in magnesium which means it helps build bones, enables nerve function and is essential to the production of energy from food. Avocado is unique in that it acts as a “nutrient booster” meaning that it helps the body absorb vitamins in foods eaten together with it.

There is almost no trace of sodium (salt) in avocados and they are high in fibre, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats which lessen inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer.

Avocados are high in antioxidants which are important for cell renewal in the body. The vitamin C and E as well as lutein all contain high amounts of antioxidants that help slow down the ageing process and promote cell health in our eyes and skin.

Does that mean eating avocados will make me look good?

Yes! The large amounts of antioxidants in avocado mean that your cells are getting help with optimizing renewal and that includes your skin cells. The high amount of monounsaturated fat contributes to soft, youthful-looking skin and retains the plump complexion that makes people look younger. Avocados also stimulate the production of collagen that’s responsible for keeping wrinkles at bay so eating an avocado is almost like an anti-ageing cream that works from the inside.

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Avocados also make a good face mask as the oil soothes and can help with dry and acne-prone skin. It can boost and refresh your complexion therefore making avocados an essential part of your beauty regime inside and out.

Does eating avocado boost brain power?

Eating avocado won’t exactly make you more intelligent but they can optimize the use of your brain cells. The high amount of potassium in avocados contribute to more efficient brain function by decreasing tiredness and fatigue which in turn can help lessen symptoms of stress and depression. This can contribute to better thought-processing and general outlook giving you the chance to think more clearly and boost your brain’s capabilities.

How many calories are there in an avocado?

In an average sized avocado there are almost 250 calories which is a good chunk of our daily recommended calorie intake. When you think that an average chocolate bar contains 200–250 calories then it may seem like a huge amount—and it is. The difference obviously being that the amount of goodness you get from an avocado far outweighs the goodness from a chocolate bar. It’s what these calories contain that is important; a chocolate bar is essentially just “empty” calories that our body doesn’t need. An avocado is packed full of goodness that our body will use to help with healthy functioning in so many ways.

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    Avocados contain a lot of fat. Isn’t this unhealthy?

    Avocados are extremely high in fat. In fact, avocados are made up of 75–80% fat but that shouldn’t put you off eating them. The reason being that avocados have 0% trans fats and extremely low saturated fats. This means that they are packed full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are far healthier and better for us.

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    • Bad Fat (Trans and Saturated) These fats contribute to the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood that leads to heart disease. Too much causes blood vessels to narrow increasing the risk of blood clots.
    • Good Fat (Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated) These counteract bad fats and help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and promote good heart health as well as optimizing our overall health. These are the only fats significantly found in avocados.

    Is there such a thing as too much avocado in my diet?

    Although avocados are a huge benefit for our health, this doesn’t necessarily mean we need to eat a huge amount on a daily basis. As part of a healthy diet, eating a small avocado several times a week will allow you to reap the benefits.

    Substituting avocado for saturated fats such as butter is a great way to lower the amount of saturated fat in your diet and upping your good fat intake. You can replace butter with avocado in sandwiches and even cakes to make them a lot healthier.

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    Last Updated on May 25, 2019

    20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

    20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

    Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

    It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

    This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

    Breakfast

    1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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      This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

      2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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        If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

        3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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          This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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          4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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            It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

            5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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              A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

              Lunch

              6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                  This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                   8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                    Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                     9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                      A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                       10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                        Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                        Dinner

                        11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                          This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                          12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                            As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                            13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                              Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                               14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                  This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                  Dessert

                                  16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                    If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                      With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                       18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                        This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                         19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                          Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                           20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                            By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

                                            Featured photo credit: Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomato, Olive and Baby Spinach Sauce via commons.wikimedia.org

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