Meet Alex Caspero
Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
What would I take with me if I was stranded on a desert island?
It’s a question I’ve been asked at a few interviews and sadly, some mundane dinner parties. While the question is silly and impractical, my answer is always the same:
2. iPod filled with Jack’s Mannequin/Andrew McMahon
You knew a food would be one of the responses, right?
The green-globe of nutrient goodness is hands down one of my favorite foods. Spread on toast, cubed into salads or scooped straight out of the skin, I cannot get enough of the creamy fruit!
When I declare my love for avocados with others, I usually get a few curious looks. There is a lot of misinformation out there, mostly how avocados aren’t a good pick because of their high-fat content. Well, I’m hear to set the record straight.
Yes, avocados contain fat but it’s the “good” kind of fat, essential monounsaturated fats for heart health. Good fats are those that can lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and are beneficial in moderation. Per 1 oz. 50 calorie serving, avocados provide 3 grams of monounsaturated fats and 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fats. They are also cholesterol and sodium free!
While I am happy eating nothing but avocados, I know not everyone feels the same way. When I first met BL he didn’t care for them, not even in guacamole. (Seriously, how do you not love guacamole!?) Over the years, he has slowly grown to enjoy them and now prefers a few slices of avocado instead of mayo or cheese on his sandwiches. Fine by me! A great alternative to other creamy foods, avocados provide the same mouthfeel with naturally good fats.
If you are only familiar with avocados in your sandwiches or in guac, I encourage you to try some other recipes that highlight the nutrient-dense fruit! My favorites are below, though I am especially partial to my mushroom avocado napoleons. Double-decker sandwiches that are elegant enough to serve at a shower or ladies lunch but simple enough to enjoy everyday!
What’s your favorite way to love a fresh avocado?LoveOneToday.com website.