Make the healthiest, easiest, and most flavorful avocado snack ever with this chickpea and cherry tomato stuffed avocado. Because, snacking should always be nourishing – and cute.
Avocado Health Benefits
Avocados are rich in fiber, vitamin K, E, B6, and C, folate, copper, and potassium, as well as a variety of healthy fats. Avocados are made up of roughly 71 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 13 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids, and 16 percent saturated fatty acids, which, according to a 2013 review published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, helps to promote healthy blood lipid profiles.
These fats also help to enhance the bioavailability of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) and phytochemicals from other fruits and vegetables when eaten with avocados.
Don’t fear the fat in avocado. Instead of weight gain, avocado consumption is associated with improved cardiovascular health, weight management, and healthy aging, according to the review.
Another 2013 study concludes that avocado consumption is associated with “improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake, and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.” It also notes that those who typically eat avocados have significantly lower body weight, BMI, and waist circumference than those who do not eat avocados.
Packed with impressive health benefits, these fruits make a satiating and nourishing avocado snack. Simply cut a small avocado in half, scoop out the pit, and fill with fresh cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and add a few pieces of fresh cilantro.
Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado from the skin and get your healthy, cute, and nutrient-filled avocado snack on.
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