I know my title is a bit lengthy, but there are a few things I wanted to mash together in this post. After my breakfast smoothie I went outside for over two hours to walk. Its so beautiful out - the winter has thawed and spring is beginning to blossom her lovely colors!
Now as I sit here, eating some of my curry quinoa that I make usually 2 or 3 times a week, waiting for laundry and killing some time before band rehearsal at 4:30, I wanted to share some thoughts and facts.
Firstly, as a huge fan of both bananas and avocados, I decided to experiment and make a smoothie with both banana and avocado in it. I used my usual basis (greens, vitamins, water, some ginger & cinnamon) and then added banana and avocado, then blended it. The result? An absolutely delicious, creamy and smooth taste that was extremely satisfying. I’ve heard of avocados being used in desserts before, but I never imagined the two to harmonize so wonderfully. Plus, you have the benefit of the healthy fat in the avocado balancing out the sugar in the banana. A win, win.
So, now that I’ve brought up avocado, I wanted to mention why FAT is so important in someone’s diet. Society nowadays has ‘demonized’ fats, making it seem that FAT will make you FAT. But this a fallacy that must be clarified. Your body NEEDS fats, just as it needs proteins and carbohydrates. Fats are very important in the construction of cells, tissues, the healthy function of your brain, heart, and skin, and more.
To put it in simple terms, I’ll start by saying there are GOOD FATS and BAD FATS, and yours SOURCES of fat are extremely significant. Generally speaking, good fats are higher in omega 3 and omega 9, DHA, oleic acid, lutein, and have antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Bad fats, which include soybean oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, margarine, non-organic butter, are extremely high in omega 6 and are usually used in highly processed and fried food, and are extremely harmful for your body.
An avocado is a perfect example of a healthy, beneficial fat. Others include wild fish/fish oil, krill oil, organic, free-range eggs, raw coconut and coconut oil, hemp seeds and oil, flaxseeds and oil, chia seeds, olives and olive oil, nuts/seeds (especially walnuts because they are higher in omega-3 fatty acids), grass-fed beef, and others. Please remember, especially with oils and nuts/seeds, high heat, light, and being exposed to air destroys the essential fatty acids and many benefits of these fats so consume your fats preferably raw. If you are going to cook with an oil, use very low heat.
My sister and I were actually having a conversation about this recently, because her boyfriend always criticizes her for eating an entire avocado in one sitting saying that ‘they aren’t that healthy’. I laughed and told her to not worry, because avocado is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. And its completely true. Avocados have a gleaming nutritional profile, containing over 25 essential nutrients in sufficient amounts, as well as fiber, complete protein, and many antioxidants and phyto-compounds. But this is where people gain hesitation: an average avocado has about 20g of fat, and to some people that may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t at all. 1/4 cup (or a large handful) of nuts contains nearly 22g of fat (depending on the type), two eggs have approximately 14g of fat, and two ounces of raw coconut meat has about 19g of fat. These, however are all healthy sources of fat, and it should be remembered that a serving of healthy fat in each meal is very beneficial to your body, and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants.
Personally, I eat anywhere between 20-40 grams of healthy fat each day, give or take, and I am 5″6 and about 119 pounds and never worry about my weight. Whenever it is available to me, I will eat a whole avocado no problem, and love every second of it. Yes, I do exercise about 5-6 times a week, but the truth of the matter is, I give my body what it NEEDS for proper growth and maintenance. I think of my body as my transporter, and I want to fill it with the best possible fuel so it runs at its best.
To sum it all up, healthy sources of fat are GOOD for your mind and body, and help it function properly. DO NOT be afraid to add more healthy fat to your diet. Even if you are looking to lose weight, adding good sources of fat can help you towards your weight-loss goals. Click HERE to learn more about avocados. Click HERE to learn more about good fats and bad fats.
Anyways, I’ve rambled enough about that. Now I’d like to share two great supplements (that I personally use) that are great for hair, skin and nails. So if you are looking to grow and strengthen your hair or nails, or improve your skin texture and elasticity, consider adding these to your diet. More facts on GELATIN and SILICA.