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Understand The Benefits Of Avocados And You Will Never Blame Millennials Again

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Understand The Benefits Of Avocados And You Will Never Blame Millennials Again

You might have heard about the millionaire who claimed that millennials can’t afford houses because they buy avocado toast.

That’s not quite the reason why millennials have trouble purchasing homes. But it also unfairly maligns the avocado, which is experiencing unprecedented popularity for good reason. Avocados are a high-fat fruit as well as a superfood with an amazing nutritional profile. Any well-balanced diet will include this nutrient-dense food in some capacity. Read ahead about the benefits of the avocado and you’ll never blame millennials again!

How Healthy is Avocado?

The avocado, also know as the Persea americana, is native to the western hemisphere. If you haven’t cooked with avocados yet, if you like Mexican or Southwestern food you’ve probably tried it in guacamole (one of the simplest and tastiest ways to have this awesome, versatile, and nutrient-dense food).

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Avocados are high in monosaturated fat, which can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. They also contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in each serving, including potassium, lutein, folate, and vitamins B, C, and E. In addition, avocados pack quite a lot of fiber, with 13 grams in the average avocado.

They’re also low in sugar. But one thing you should keep in mind is that it’s relatively high in calories. One-fifth of an avocado will contain about 50 calories – so if you have a whole avocado, that will set you back 250 calories. For a fruit or vegetable, that’s a lot. But keep in mind that an avocado is extremely filling and nutritious, so it’s worth making space for avocados instead of eating lots of low-nutrition and high-calorie foods.

Because of its high number of nutrients, the avocado offers a wide range of health benefits. Vitamins B, C, and E are necessary for a healthy active life. Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure (when consumed with sodium), lutein is good for eyesight, and folate is super-important to consume during pregnancy and for normal cell repair.

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Fiber obviously helps you stay regular, but high-fiber foods also have the added benefit of helping you stay fuller for longer. If you’re interested in losing weight, it’s probably worth finding ways to work avocados into your regular diet.

Finally, avocados have the ability to increase your absorption of certain nutrients, like carotenoids. Studies have shown that carotenoids, which are an orange or red pigment, can help protect against cell damage and diseases associated with cell damage including cancer and Parkinson’s disease. While avocados do contain some carotenoids, their real strength is helping you absorb carotenoids from other sources like sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and carrots.

How to Prepare and Eat Avocados?

So, as I mentioned above, avocados have a whole host of health benefits as well as the ability to help you lose weight (if that’s your goal!). But if you haven’t really cooked a lot or eaten a lot of avocados yet, you might be a bit hesitant to get started. Thankfully, the creamy texture and flavor is unparalleled and totally worth it!

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Avocados can take 4-5 days to ripen after you’ve purchased them from your local grocery store. Store them on the countertop if your aim is to ripen them…and if you want to ripen even faster than normal, you can stick your avocados in a paper bag. (Add in a banana or apple for faster ripening.)

Once the skin is dark purple or black, and it yields to gentle pressure, your avocado is ripe. Wash the avocado’s outside before cutting off the skin with a sharp knife. The avocado has a hard, woody, inedible core in the middle, so make sure to cut carefully.

Avocados are super popular (as you know) so go wild searching for recipes! Here are a few of my personal favorite ways to eat avocados:

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  1. Simple and delicious Avocado Toast.
  2. Guacamole to dip your tortilla chips in.
  3. In a salad! Here’s an example of a fabulous salad with avocado.
  4. As a topping for tortilla soup.
  5. All by itself!

Avocados are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare. Add them to your diet to help you get nutrients you might be missing, as well as to lose weight if that’s what your goal is!

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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