Care for your heart by including fresh avocado in your meals! Dietary fiber from fruit, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.Fresh avocados are not only a good source of fiber, but they provide naturally good fats, making them a heart-healthy food choice for this special day and every day!
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends replacing bad fats with good fats, like those found in fresh avocados, can help improve intake of dietary fat without raising LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.
In fact, avocados are virtually the only healthy fruit with monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat or good fats. The body needs some dietary fat to help with absorption of nutrients, but not all fats are the same. Keeping a healthy balance of fat intake is key.
Start your day knowing you filled your body with a heart-healthy meal. Make your loved one American Heart Association certified Heart-Healthy Gluten-Free Chocolate Avocado Pancakes for breakfast. Recipe provided by Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy®.
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- Combine banana, avocado, eggs, cocoa powder and sugar until blended. Let stand 15 minutes to thicken.
- Lightly spray a large non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat.
- Spoon mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, onto skillet and cook 1 minute until browned. Turn and cook additional 1 minute or until cooked through.
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Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados, adjust quantity accordingly.