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A is for Avocado and Almonds

Posted Oct 01 2008 5:08pm

One of the funny things that happens when your friends notice the healthy glow in your skin, the abundant energy level and how good you look in jeans are the questions about your diet.

It's actually interesting to find that most people insist you have to be on a "diet" if you are fit. I've never thought of myself as a "dieter" but just someone who chooses what I put in my body carefully. I also want to say I'm not a nutritionist, instead I'm just someone who can read and learn about proper nutrition on my own and make knowledgeable choices with the information I learn. If you are starting a diet, thinking of changing your life habits or you just think you are lacking something that might make you healthier I suggest you see a doctor and a nutritionist. I know what makes me feel good and what I've read in journals, but nothing should be a substitute for the opinion of a trained professional in the matter.

Now, there are a few things I do make sure I eat often. Somethings I eat daily, others I make sure I eat them once or twice a week. Since I just posted about super foods I might not mention those in detail, but just refer you to them.

One thing I eat daily is an avocado. I love avocados and eat one every morning with a tomato for breakfast. According to WebMD, avocados help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise their HDL. (The good cholesterol) The study mentioned that avocados contain beta-sitosterol which natually lowers choloesterol.

Of course avocados are high in fat, so if you are going to eat them remember all good things in moderation. A yummy ripe avocado is excellent on a salad, or on a sandwhich with whole wheat bread. Try it, I bet you'll like it!

Almonds are one food I try to eat regularly, though not daily. I admit, give me almonds covered in dark chocolate and a glass of red wine and I'm in heaven. I don't eat almonds just out of the jar, but instead add them to things. Normally I toss chopped almonds in a salad for an great crispy punch, but I'll also add it to fish and on top of a tuna salad.

According to a single serving of almonds contains 12% of our daily RDA of protein, yet since almonds are from plants they are cholesterol free. One serving of almonds contains potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and trace amounts of the B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin. Another huge benefit, is one serving of almonds contains as much calcium as a quarter cup of milk.

If lifelong fitness if your goal, remember to try a variety of foods. Two things I choose for overall yumminess and for an excellent nutrition punch are almonds and avocados. Both help me stay fit and healthy the natural way!

Have a fit day!

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