Most of us don’t need any encouragement to go for the guac at parties, but some of us are still hesitant to consider it an everyday health food. Well, we have good news guac lovers: It’s time to make it a permanent fixture in your weekly meal planning--although plain old avocado will suit, too.
Avocado (and, of course, guacamole) gets rid of that big uphill battle we’ve all faced in the name of getting lean: hunger. A little hunger is natural, and we’re certainly not telling you to always feel full. But that side-gnawing hunger that comes hand in hand with a low-fat lifestyle is what we want you to get rid of--and avocado is the key. After all, it gets increasingly difficult to drown out those 3 pm cravings that come when you start getting hungry. You could use all your willpower to resist the siren song of the vending machine, the drive-thru, those office donuts, or you could add a scoop of this creamy fruit to your meals and silence the seductive cravings once and for all. Which one sounds easier? We thought so.
Avocado is nature’s little hunger crusher, which means you definitely want it on your weight loss dream team. It’s a slim-down shining star for two main reasons: it’s packed with filling fiber and its unsaturated fat keeps hunger at bay for hours. In fact, an average avocado can pack around 13 grams of belly-filling fiber. Most people only consume 15 grams daily while experts recommend--with good reason--a whopping 25 for women. A simple serving of avocado is a quick way to boost your fiber intake and douse the flames of hunger.
It only gets better. Participants who added half of a Hass avocado to their lunches reported a slashed desire to eat--by a whopping 40%--up to four hours after the meal compared to those who did not indulge in the fruit, according to a 2013 study published in Nutrition Journal. A delicious addition to your meals and fewer cravings? Sounds like a win-win to us.
We’re sure you can think of plenty of ways to enjoy creamy guacamole goodness, but make sure you’re always using a measuring spoon! You can scoop a whole serving onto just a couple of chips, which makes overindulging far too easy. Measure out your amount (or buy pre-portioned 100 calorie containers from your grocery store) for a couple weeks until you get used to the size of a serving. After that you can eyeball your indulgence as long as you check in from time to time to make sure your scoops haven’t gotten a little larger than they should.
Slip avocado slices into sandwiches and on top of salads. Add cubed ‘cado to the top of a healthy Tex-Mex-inspired bean or tortilla soup. Basically anything you can dream of would be a delicious use for the fruit, but for the biggest filling bang for your nutritional buck, pair it with some protein. Knock out hunger by mixing a can of tuna with two tablespoons guacamole, a spritz of lemon juice, and plenty of celery sticks for dipping.