National Healthy Snack Month, Day 7 – Guacamole
Guacamole makes for a very healthy snack for National Snack Month, or National Healthy Snack Month that is. And if you, like me, feel wheat or corn tortilla chips aren’t the best choices, you can substitute some black bean tortilla chips.
Why guacamole is such a great choice for healthy snack month has to do, of course with the avocados!
So much has been said about why avocados are good for you. First off they are a great source of many vitamins including E, K, C, B-6, niacin, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Avocados may actually help with weight loss too because they contain fat. Yes, you read that right. Fat is essential for every single cell in the body. The fats in avocados are healthy fats that signal the brain to turn off your appetite. It also slows the breakdown of carbohydrates which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Eating avocados may also help prevent osteoporosis due to the high levels of vitamin K. While calcium is most commonly thought of for bone health, vitamin K is necessary for adequate calcium absorption.
Folate from foods has shown promise in protecting against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers. Avocados provide folate. They are high in fiber and also have anti-microbial action.
Who would have thought something as delicious as guacamole could be so good for you? Here is our own special Totally Guacamole Recipe so you can whip some up fast for yourself.
And by the way. I’m not on a crusade here to say eat this for this condition and that for that condition. I’ll leave that to the health care practitioners. My goal here is to provide healthy, whole food alternatives for the nutrient-free snacks that line so many of the shelves in the grocery stores.
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