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avocado-1276875_640Although you can buy avocados year-round at the grocery store, right now is the beginning of California’s avocado season, which produces approximately 90% of America’s avocado crop! The next time you are in the grocery stores or at the farmer’s market, be sure to pick up an avocado or two.

Here are four reasons to eat a fresh avocado today:

The Good Kind of Fat

Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol, help fight heart disease, and assist with insulin resistance. Moreover, 77% of the calories from avocados come from oleic acid, which has been proven to reduce inflammation and help fight cancer.

Fruit Jackpot

An avocado is technically a fruit and not a vegetable, and this little green fruit is chock full of over 20 vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamins B5, B6, C, E, K, and folate. Vitamin K is very important during a diet plan due to its ability to regulate sugar and stabilize the body’s glucose levels. Avocados are very high in potassium, even higher than in bananas. A high potassium intake helps combat high blood pressure and promotes good kidney health. Avocados also have a high fiber content, which aids in weight-loss and glucose regulation. Bonus: Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium!

A Natural Energy Booster

According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming avocados can have the same energy boosting effect as commercial pre-workout supplements. The study found that physical activity was 13.5 percent higher in subjects that had a diet plan high in oleic acids and their post-meal metabolism rate was an average of 4.5 percent higher in comparison to subjects that ate a diet plan high in saturated fat.

They Are Delicious

Not only are avocados nutritious but they are also delicious! Try adding slices to a salad, omelet, or sandwich wrap. Here are three GreenLite Medicine ideas to incorporate avocados:

-Breakfast: Ham, Egg, and Greens Breakfast Bowl

-Lunch: Lettuce Wrap, California Style

-Dinner: Salad with Grilled Steak

As with any food, please be sure to consult your GreenLite Medicine handbook for appropriate diet plan servings and unit sizes.

GreenLite Medicine Tip: To keep your avocados from turning that ugly brown color, sprinkle on a bit of lemon juice. This will help prevent oxidation, which is what causes avocados to look unappetizing.

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