avocado via Metro World News

People need to stop being afraid of avocados. Yes, their fat content is very high compared to most fruit (it’s not a vegetable and we’re not even lying), but it’s not like you’re eating a deep-fried doughnut dipped in applesauce.

“Avocados are cholesterol free, trans-fat free, and virtually the only fruit that contains ‘good’ monounsaturated fat that your body needs for healthy skin and cell development. The fact that over 75 percent of the fat content found in an avocado is unsaturated makes them a satisfying alternative to foods such as red meat or butter — sources of saturated or ‘bad’ fats that raise overall cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease,” nutrition and fitness expert Erin Palinski, author of the 2-Day Diabetes Diet tells Metro.

They’re also nutrient-dense, which makes them both filling and nourishing: “Hass avocados have just 50 calories per serving (approx. 1 oz/28g) and the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit (approx. 0.7 grams). They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by helping the body better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as beta-carotene and lutein from foods eaten with it,” she adds.

 

What’s not to love? Go ahead and try one of our power fillings:

Filling 1: 1 baked egg, 1/4 tsp chilli flakes TBC, 1 tsp bacon bits

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Filling 2: 2 tbs blueberries, 1 tbs yoghurt, 1 teaspoon honey

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Filling 3: 1 tbs pomegranate seeds, 1 tbs quinoa, 1 tbs chopped pistachios

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Filling 4: 2 tbs brown rice , 1 tsp mustard seeds TBC, 1 tsp aubergine TBC

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Filling 5: 1 tbs coconut yoghurt 1 tbs almond flakes , 1 tbs dried figs

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Filling 6: 1 tbs feta, 1 tbs black beans, 1 oz shredded chicken

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Filling 7: 2 tbs hummus , 1 tsp lemon, 1 tbs pine nuts

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Filling 8: 1 tbs chocolate chips, 1 tbs mashed banana, 1 tbs cottage cheese

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