Avocado: Mom's Best Friend
|Easy and nutritious: drizzled with balsamic vinegar and topped with freshly-ground pink sea salt and pepper.|
Avocados are one of those foods that many people try to avoid when they're watching what they eat. "Too many calories!" or "too much fat!" they say. But avocados are actually a great choice for everyone to consume; they are packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber, Vitamin E, and B-vitamins. They even help your body's ability to absorb nutrients from other foods. For instance, adding avocado to your salsa means your body will get a bigger boost of lycopene and beta-carotene.
This fruit - yeah, it's one of those fruits-that-seems-like-a-veggie - is particularly great for pregnant women because it provides potassium and folate. Folate is a vital prenatal nutrient that helps a baby's neural tube develop properly; this helps prevent birth defects of the spine and the skull. And potassium is crucial for both pregnant and breastfeeding women. It helps maintain your fluid and electrolyte balance, stabilizes your blood pressure, and helps reduce swelling. A lack of potassium can cause leg cramps (which are a problem for many pregnant women).
Oh, and everything that makes avocados great for us also makes them great for kids. In fact, avocado was my son's first solid food.
What's your favorite way to eat avocados?