The benefits of avocado is a carotenoid antioxidant powerhouse. The high-fat content (more on that in a moment) in avocado acts as a vessel for carotenoid antioxidants to be absorbed into the body. Antioxidants are essential in the prevention of cellular damage, which could lead to cancer, heart disease and aging. Antioxidants also enhance our immune system, which protects us from infections and keeps us healthy.
Avocado is indeed high in fat content but it falls under the ‘good fat’ category. Good fats are essential for the functioning of the body. They help transport vitamins into the body, keep the skin supple, and generally lower the ‘bad fat’ that is often associated with heart disease.
Benefits Of Avocado and the Paleo Diet
Diet Avocado has a thick skin that protects it from pesticides hence you can safely buy non-organic. It is also available year-round. The high fiber content in avocado makes you feel full and the oleic acid helps tell your brain that you are full.
An important source of fat, avocado provides the energizing fuel required by the body. Nothing feels more fulfilling like an avocado smoothie in the morning. Think about adding chopped avocado to salads and salsas. Or use avocado oil in your salad dressings.
Here are 3 ways you can enjoy avocado in your Paleo Diet:
Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon, Red Pepper & Avocado
This recipe uses a mixture of coconut milk & lemon juice as a substitute for sour cream. You may also use yams in place of sweet potatoes.
Makes 4 servings
Total Prep Time: 1 hour
4-6 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 slices nitrate-free bacon, chopped
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, chilled
2 teaspoon lemon juice paprika, sea salt and black pepper
½ red pepper, diced
1 avocado, diced
Heat oven to 400°F/200°C.
Give the potatoes a good scrub and pierce them with a fork in several places. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Brush half the olive oil onto the potatoes. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil over medium to high heat and fry bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Open coconut can and scoop up the solids. You can drink the water or reserve it to make smoothies. Using a whisk, whip coconut cream until thick and fluffy. Add in lemon juice and seasonings, to taste. Give it another quick whisk.
To serve, split the sweet potatoes in the middle and ladle cream on top. Garnish with bacon, peppers and avocado.
Benefits Of Avocado, Coconut & Chocolate Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
Total Prep Time: 15 minutes
3 tablespoons raw honey
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup of crushed ice
Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend till smooth. Enjoy.
Benefits Of Avocado Ceviche & Salmon
Sashimi grade salmon is best for this dish. Alternatively, use the freshest salmon you can get your hands on.
Makes 4 servings
Total Prep Time: 30 minutes
1 ½ pounds/700 grams fresh wild salmon, sliced thinly
sea salt and black pepper
1 chili pepper, finely chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
avocado oil or olive oil fresh cilantro leaves
Arrange sliced salmon on a plate, season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the salmon. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Cut the remaining lime into wedges. Cut the avocado into half around the stone, give both sides a twist and separate. Remove the stone and scoop out the flesh. Slice thinly and arrange on top of the salmon. Scatter chili pepper and shallots and drizzle a little oil on top. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves and lime wedges.