The magic of avocados

Tasty, creamy, the basis for that glorious nectar that is guacamole, avocados are a delicious and nutritious food not only for the average health-conscious eater, but also for the exerciser picking their ideal fuel. 

The basics
A whole avocado of a medium size contains around 230 calories, 80 per cent of which is made up by fat. With just that information you may not think that this particular veg is the leanest of choices, but in reality, most of these fats are of the healthy kind. In fact, one of the fats – called oleic acid – has actually been proven to lower cholesterol. On top of this, the avocado is jammed packed with nutrients like potassium – containing 35 per cent more than even bananas – calcium and magnesium. 

For athletes
But what does all this mean for you: the athlete? Well, among the many nutrients and vitamins, the avocado also offers up tons of electrolytes that help your body balance its fluid and also contributes to muscle function – great advantages for the active food lover. And, for long term training, the healthy fats found in avocados have been found to boost the production of growth hormone and fosters testosterone production. 

Take advantage
There are so many ways to make use of the avocado, but for an athlete on the go, try out this recipe from BeYouthful.net for healthy avocado energy bars below.

Ingredients
1.5 cups Pinto Beans
1/2 cup Mashed Avocado
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Mashed Banana
A Dash of Sea Salt
1.5 cups cups Oats
1 cup Brown Rice Flour

Method 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan
2. Load all the ingredients into the blender and blend until they come to a spreadable consistency
3. Spread the mixture in the pan and bake for 15 minutes
4. Let cool, slice and enjoy.

Recipe by V. Mae for BeYouthful.net