Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fight Belly Fat with Yummy Avocados!

Yum!! Avocados!
  I love avocados and guess what? They fight belly fat! Woohoo! Recent studies have shown that foods rich in Monounsaturated Fats, like avocados, help the body use belly fat for fuel!
  They also help your joints and lower cholesterol.
  But remember, even though these monounsaturated fats are good for us, all fats are calorie dense. Which means you CANNOT eat a bowl full of guacamole with tortillas! Sorry!
   A healthy amount is a quarter of an avocado (couple slices), 2-3 times a week.
  It has such a rich flavor that is really all you need . Substitute it for mayo on a sandwich with with tomato slices, lettuce, and 3 oz of skinless baked chicken breast on whole grain bread for lunch. Or for dinner, skip the bread and have a salad with your avocado slices and your favorite veggies; top it with sliced chicken breast with a drop of olive oil and as much balsamic vinegar as you like!

    One word of caution:   Avocados are at great risk of having dangerous bacteria on their outside skin. Make sure to wash your avocado with warm water and a drop of all natural soap or veggie wash. Then dry it with a clean paper towel. Wash your hands well afterwards. Then enjoy!

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