Liza loves obscure holidays, especially those that celebrate food and beverages.
July 31st Is National Avocado Day, Let's Celebrate!
Did you know that July 31st is National Avocado Day in the United States? National Avocado Day is celebrated annually, beginning in 2017. I think the best way to celebrate the day is by enjoying the rich heart-healthy fats of avocado!
This year, National Avocado Day falls on Sunday. Therefore, it encourages us to get up early in the morning to celebrate! Whether it is for breakfast or snack, avocado toast with hard-boiled eggs is one of my favorite breakfast foods to eat at home. I have to confess before moving to the United States, my familiarity and expectations about avocados were very limited. When I did finally try it, I fell in love. Not only delicious, but it's super healthy!
In this article, I'll give you everything you need to know about avocado, you can find:
- Six Ways to Celebrate National Avocado Day
- Ten Health Benefits of Avocado
- How to Make Delicious Guacamole
- Personal Health Experience
Six Ways to Celebrate National Avocado Day
- Go to your favorite farmer's market and buy fresh avocados.
- Make guacamole at home using the recipe below.
- Take a picture of the guacamole you made and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalavocadoday.
- Enjoy delicious homemade guacamole with tortilla chips whilst watching your favorite tv show.
- Enjoy your breakfast or brunch by mashing the avocado and spreading it on a toast!
- Celebrate by sharing the recipe you made with your family and friends.
10 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocados That You Should Know
Here are the 10 benefits you can get when consuming avocados.
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- Gorgeous Skin: Avocados contain healthy fats and antioxidants to boost skin health and help protect against sun damage.
- Heart Health: Avocados contain the plant chemical beta-sitosterol, which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. They are packed with monounsaturated fat. According to the American Heart Association, when monounsaturated fats are eaten in moderation in place of saturated and trans fat, this can help reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol.
- Blood Pressure: Avocados are free of sodium and are recommended while on the DASH Diet, which is the prescribed diet to help lower blood pressure. They also have potassium, which may also help lower blood pressure. Studies have found that when avocados are eaten in place of other fats (like butter and mayo), they can help control blood pressure.
- Aids Weight Loss: Avocados are rich with healthy fat, which takes the body longer to digest and helps keep you full and satisfied. Further, avocados are nutrient-packed with over 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients which is beneficial if you’re trying to cut calories and keep up with all the nutrition your body needs.
- Packed with Nutrients: Rich in folate, avocados are also high in vitamin C and are a good source of vitamin E, B5, K, fiber, and niacin.
- Sugar-Free: This is very good news for people who love avocados. Unlike most varieties of fruit, healthy avocados do not contain sugar, making them a great way to help meet your daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables without adding a lot of sugar.
- Improve Brain Function: All the nutrients in avocados can help boost your energy levels, fight fatigue, and put you in a good mood. For example, add avocado to your morning smoothie first thing in the morning and see the difference.
- Growth and Development: Studies have shown that unsaturated fat is important for the proper growth and development of youngsters' central nervous system and brain. Healthy avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins and minerals that growing children need.
- Great for Vision: Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which both are present in eye tissue. They provide antioxidant protection to help minimize damage, including from UV light.
- Helps Absorb Nutrients from Other Food: Research has found adding avocado to salad (which is one of my favorite things to do) helps the body absorb the colorful pigments from carrot, lettuce, and other vegetables. So don't forget to add avo to your salad!
Personal Health Experience
By the way, I have a personal experience of using avocado as a hair treatment. A few years ago, I moved to the United States. As a result of the seasonal weather, my scalp started getting very dry, and my hair would fall out during the wintertime. It was not good at all. I was stressed and feeling sad about my hair condition.
After years of using this natural treatment, my scalp feels soothed, and less itchy, and my hair slowly stopped falling out. Honestly, I couldn't be more pleased with the ingredients used in the process of making the hair mask.
How to Make Simple Guacamole
- 3 ripe avocados, pitted
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 6-7 cherry tomatoes, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, combine the chopped onion, garlic, and cilantro leaves.
- Scoop the avocado with a large spoon and add it to the mixture.
- Add the lime and lemon juice. Give the mixture a quick stir with a spoon.
- Mash the avocados to your desired consistency by using a fork or potato masher.
- Add the salt and pepper to the mixture.
- Check for taste.
- Combine the diced tomatoes in the avocado and stir until it's well combined.
- Transfer the guacamole into a dipping bowl and serve immediately with tortilla chips or spread on toast!
Note: To store guacamole, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to two days before serving.
- Foodnetwork.com: Healthy eats
- Taste.com.au: Health benefits of avocado
- WebMD: Everything you need to know about avocado
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