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Food Trends: About the Avocado

I’m often surprised when clients tell me that they areafraid ofAvocado’s.  How in the world could a fruit so versatile have ever gotten such a “bad” reputation?  Not only does an avocado provide natural unsaturated fats but it also acts as a nutrition booster.  You see the fat provided in the avocado helps with absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, all which are very important for your immune integrity, bone strength, eyesight, and blood clotting factors.
Let’s go back to that bad reputation.  My client’s have admitted it’s really the fat that makes them nervous.  Every other fruit has little to no fat. So let’s clear some things up. It’s important to note that the fat in the avocado is mostly monounsaturated.  Instead of getting nervous about that I think it’s a bonus!  Remember monounsaturated fat in food has been proven to lower our “lousy” or LDL cholesterol and potentially increase your “healthy” or HDL cholesterol.  Both of these factors prove to decrease cardiovascu…

Family Nutrition: The Tumultuous Toddler

I’ve got two, how about you?Ah, I love them with all my heart but at the same time they challenge me and have taught me what the word patience truly means.For those of you who know me, I have a 3 ½ year old boy and a 2 year old girl.You can imagine what it is like being a dietitian and a parent.When my children were infants I was constantly calculating their nutrition to insure they were getting enough nutrients. I remember being so worried my first was malnourished when looking back he actually looked like Jabba the Hut.Why could I not have just assumed he was getting what he needed from my visual assessment?Now that my children are older, I’m constantly thinking about appropriate habits and making sure my husband and I are setting good examples to prevent any ‘issues’ in the future. I am especially obsessed with this with my daughter as eating disorders are on the rise.
My biggest nutritional concern at this point is their lack of ‘risk taking’ when it comes to trying something new…