Pre-Thanksgiving Diet: 5 Nutrient dense Avocado Meals

With our national day of overeating, Thanksgiving, just around the corner, it’s time to think about prep for the big day. And no, we’re not talking about when to cook what and how many pounds of turkey per guest you need. A healthy diet in the days leading up to Thanksgiving can make you feel a whole lot better about the day of indulgence.

What better fruit to nourish your body than Avocados From Mexico? Avocados From Mexico are a source of good, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat contributing 6 g per one-third serving of a medium avocado or 50 g. Plus, they have no cholesterol, and they’re a good source of five essential nutrients – fiber, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, and copper. And of course, they taste great and work in a large variety of recipes, so your tastebuds will never be bored!

Picking the Best Avos

But first, before we dive into these simple and healthy avocado meals, let’s review some avocado basics that will make your life easier. Did you know that just by looking at an avo’s color, touching its skin, and squeezing it gently, you can find a perfectly ripe Avocado From Mexico every time? Check out this video for more details.

And once you have perfectly ripe avocados for the week, do you know the best way to avoid them going mushy and inedible? This video shows you how storing ripe avos in the fridge keeps the fruit at the perfect level of ripeness for one entire week.

Check out these five delicious and nutrient dense avocado meals that will help you go into Thanksgiving refreshed and healthy.

Start Your Day

For a breakfast with a good mix of protein and fiber, look no further than this tasty black bean, mushroom, and avocado scramble (if you used canned beans, it comes together super quick).

Snack Time Favorites

For snacks, these cucumber avocado rolls are a fast and refreshing way to fill up, including a bit of hummus for protein and carbs. If sweet and savory is more your jam, try these cantaloupe avocado prosciutto wraps.

Entrees to Savor

For lunch and dinner, these shrimp-stuffed avocados are filling, yet deliciously light. This grilled salmon with avocados and tomato vinaigrette is another great healthy avocado meal that comes together quickly and tastes like you worked all day (especially needed before crazy Thanksgiving dinner prep).

With a little help from healthy avocado meals, you’ll be prepared to indulge sans guilt on Thanksgiving.

By Barbara Ruhs, MD, RDN November 07, 2018

An avid avocado-eater and guacamole-lover, Barb is the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for Avocados From Mexico and former sports nutritionist for Harvard University. Her philosophy on food is simple: Enjoy what you eat, prepare food with love, and add avocados to everything! 

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