So yesterday I posted my green monster smoothie
, which I am planning on making again today for lunch! If you like peanut butter, I recommend trying it... tastes like PB/banana, can't really taste the spinach at all :3
Anyway.. when I was using myfitnesspal [I still like it for monitoring my intake of certain nutrients] I made some recipes for some foods or snacks I like to eat. I thought I could focus on ~1 recipe per day and focus on the HEALTH aspect of it. I think this might help others make smarter food choices, and it will also help remind me of making my own smart food choices :P **
If you like savory and salty, but want something healthy? Go for guacamole - the trick is making sure you buy tortilla chips that are not loaded with salt! Sometimes you don't need to add ANY salt to guac because the chips are salty enough. Here's my recipe:
Since guac tends to go bad quick, I usually make 1 serving, aka use 1 small avocado. It's not difficult to make at all - throw all of the ingredients together in a small blender, food processor, or mash it by hand. ( * If you DO add salt, don't add more than 1/4 tsp for 2 avocados - sodium goes from 23 to 219 mg per serving, which isn't too bad, but if you're really watching your intake, do a taste test before adding salt)
Avocados scare some people because they see the word "FAT" in relation - but avocados have healthy fats
that are good for your heart and help lower your cholesterol levels. That's great! Maybe you'd like to know how it helps to lower cholesterol?
There are TWO types of cholesterol that matter - LDL and HDL. If you've ever had your cholesterol checked [and you should] you might recognize those. LDL is your "bad" cholesterol - too much of this type can form plaque on your arteries and lead to things like CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, HEART ATTACKS, or STROKES. Many fast foods are guilty of containing this kind of cholesterol.
HDL is your "good" cholesterol - it helps to clear your blood stream and arterial walls of the LDL, transporting it to your liver to be broken down and eliminated. Increasing HDL and lowering LDL is considered desirable to prevent heart disease and other complications.
What does this have to do with avocados? Those beauties are high in monounsaturated fats, the good fats! They help to decrease your bad cholesterol, and may help to increase the good cholesterol. The plant-based fats here are so much easier for your body to digest than even many foods that claim to be "low-fat". So you don't have to be afraid to eat avocados - the distinction between FAT and WHAT TYPE YOU ARE EATING is very important to your health.
Avocados are tasty outside of guacamole too - throw em on tacos, salads, sandwiches, sushi.. you name it. They are like butter (but better!)** I think most people on my flist know that I am NOT a registered dietician or nutritionist. I HAVE studied cardiac health, nutrition, and other areas related to health care professionals, but I am by all means still in "training" :P