With spring break fast approaching, you might be concerned about how closely you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately, the year is still young and there’s still plenty of time to hit the reset button and make changes to your diet and exercise plan to hit your end-of-year goals.
Rather than taking extreme measures like severely limiting your caloric intake, the best way to recover from winter indulgences is by eating a variety of fresh foods each day and gradually increasing the amount you exercise. Of course, avocados are an excellent addition to any diet reboot. Their smooth and creamy texture is both tasty and extremely satisfying thanks to their good fats and fiber. In fact, one serving of avocado (about a third of a medium fruit) contains 3 grams of dietary fiber, which is 11% of the recommended daily intake. They also contain nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant coumpounds that can enhance the nutrient quality of the diet.
One way to avoid making poor food choices is the out of sight out of mind approach by keeping plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand. Buy avocados and other produce for the week so you have the ingredients to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Choose avocados at the perfect stage of ripeness: dark green or black avocados that yield to gentle pressure are ready to eat right away, whereas lighter green avocados that are hard to the touch will be ready in a few days. Take a look at this video to learn more.
An avocado soup is an ideal food to include on your menu when trying to get your eating back on track. It’s quick and easy to prepare and you probably already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen. Peel and remove the seeds from a medium-sized cucumber and put it in the blender along with the flesh of one Avocado From Mexico, a tablespoon of diced onion, a squeeze of lime juice, a dash of salt, and half a cup of water. Blend on high until it’s smooth. Then, with the blender on low, add a drizzle of olive oil to give your soup an even silkier texture. You can add some apple cider vinegar and chile powder to taste, and garnish with cilantro. Serve by itself or with some kale chips for a refreshing and light meal that is surprisingly satisfying.
If you have any leftover avocado from your recipe, keep it from turning brown by squeezing lime juice on it and pressing some plastic wrap against the flesh. Pop it in the refrigerator and it will stay green and keep until you’re ready to eat it.
This soup is ready in minutes, and since it’s served cool, it’s convenient to take with you on the go, so you won’t be tempted by high calorie snacks while you’re out and about. By improving your food choices and increasing your activity level in the weeks leading up to spring break, you can feel confident come bathing suit season.