I don’t take any prescription medications, but there are some foods I look at as medicine.
One of my top medicinal foods is the avocado, and this homemade guacamole recipe is one that I recommend you add to your weekly routine.
All year long, I eat at least a half of an avocado a day.
If you don’t eat them, then you’re missing out on one of nature’s most perfect health and weight loss foods.
Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats, which make them calorie-dense fruits.
So, you might be wondering how eating an avocado a day could possibly help you lose weight.
The answer has to do with hunger control.
Healthy Fats Reduce Hunger
A study published in Nutrition Journal shows that healthy fats from avocados are just what your body needs to turn off hunger for hours.
The study split participants into groups. One group ate half of an avocado with lunch, and the other ate an avocado-free lunch.
Three hours after lunch, the avocado eaters reported being 40% less hungry than the avocado-free group.
That effect carried on even longer, with the avocado eaters reporting 28% less hunger at the five-hour mark.
The study also showed that the avocado eaters enjoyed steadier blood sugar levels, which helps sustain energy throughout the afternoon.
Do you suffer from afternoon energy slumps that cause you to drag yourself to the snack cart?
Then, I suggest that you conduct an experiment this week.
Go to the store and buy four hard avocados. They will stay hard in the refrigerator and ripen in two days on your kitchen counter.
Over the next week, have a half an avocado a day.
They are easy to add to smoothies, salads, and omelets. You can also make them into guacamole.
Homemade Guacamole Recipe
courtesy of Dr. Becky Fitness
- 2 medium-sized (272g) Avocados peeled and pitted
- 1/4 cup (49g) Onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons (30g) Lime Juice
- 2 tablespoons (2g) Fresh Cilantro substitute 2 tsp dried
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.5g) Ground Cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.6g) Ground Black Pepper
- Using a fork, mash the avocados in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix completely. Cover and chill before serving.
If you love tacos for dinner, but don’t want all of the refined carbs, you can put taco meat on a bed of lettuce and top it with a scoop of homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and onions. You’ll love the fresh flavors and feel satisfied till bedtime.
About the Author
Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.