If the power of one little thing can make you look and feel so much more healthy, then it shouldn’t surprise you that ADDING more of a good thing can make you feel even more healthy! Vegetables are my one little thing. Especially—even though they are technically a fruit—avocados.
Avocados are a real power food. A typical medium-size whole avocado has a whopping 14 grams of fiber, which even rivals the fiber in a serving of shredded wheat and bran cereals. Avocados have higher concentrations of many B vitamins, as well as beta-carotene, magnesium, and vitamins E and K. These nutrients support and sustain your overall health, not to mention your energy, metabolic functioning, and strong bones. Avocados are loaded with potassium, which research shows may help lower blood pressure when part of a healthy diet. They also serve as a great source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that fights unhealthy free radicals. (Whole Living, June/July 2006)
“One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right” —Bob Marley
My friends Andy and Ellen are healthful and fit. One healthy habit (of their many) is to eat avocado every night in a salad. When I first met Andy 10 years ago, I asked him what his secret is to feeling good. And though he’s still young, he’s also aging gracefully. He told me it’s what a person does between the ages of 45 to 55 that gives one longevity, and he and his wife Ellen are ticking the following off their list of what this Forbes article says are some of the strongest predictors of a long life:
- Regular Exercise
- Avoiding Obesity
- Not Smoking
- Eating Your Veggies (or Avocados… 🙂 )
I recently ran into Ellen—at where else but Whole Foods—and she inspired me to up my fitness game with her swimming routine, which is exactly what I love to do. She also inspired a dinner date. When her and Andy suggested we hit Avocado Grill in West Palm—a restaurant with mostly AVOCADO filled selections—Mark and I were all in!
My love for avocados is immense (I have seven avocado trees that we grew from seeds at our house), and Avocado Grill has a myriad of fresh and healthy offerings. They feature coastal, farm-to-table cuisine vis-à-vis small plates, tapas, sushi and a full raw bar.
“Sustainability and carbon reduction are important cultural, and culinary, benchmarks and they’re why I source most of my ingredients locally.” —Owner/ chef Julien Gremaud
Though the chef takes the avocado to the next level, his power is in his attention to detail. Everything we had was cooked and served with care and love. I look forward to heading back, to continuing to eat healthy—and most of all—follow in Andy and Ellen’s proper footsteps to longevity!
Sometimes you take away one ingredient
Sometimes you add one ingredient
Other times you devote 100% of your attention to one single thing.
And sometimes all it takes is one thing to make things right, feel good or work out!