Avocado Ice Cream, the dessert that keeps on giving once you're finished eating it all up. Sweet and delicious meets the healthy superfood "Avocados". The healthy effects of Avocados are absolutely amazing to read over. I personally love finding foods to eat that are so good for us that the nutrients in them read like a daily vitamin. Here's one article I wrote showcasing how awesome Avocados are for us.
Normal Ice Cream, sweet and often fattening. Just no way around that besides not eating a lot. Yet, with our new friend, Avocado Ice Cream, the word is "Enjoy". Avocado Ice Cream is loaded with the healthy fat we hear about all the time, Monounsaturated.
Health TIP: Take a quick read below, "Facts on Monounsaturated Fat" our base for the Avocado Ice Cream.
Monounsaturated Fat in Avocado Ice Cream
Monounsaturated fat is a type of dietary fat. It is one of the healthy fats, along with polyunsaturated fat.
Saturated fats and trans fats are solid at room temperature. These unhealthy fats can increase your risk for heart disease and other health problems.
Monounsaturated fats are found in plant foods, such as nuts, avocados, and vegetable oils. Eating moderate amounts of monounsaturated (and polyunsaturated) fats in place of saturated and trans fats can benefit your health.
How Monounsaturated Fats Affect Your Health
Monounsaturated fats are good for your health in several ways:
- They can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol level. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance that can cause clogged, or blocked, arteries (blood vessels). Keeping your LDL level low reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Eaten in place of unhealthy fats, these fats may help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar.
- Monounsaturated fats help develop and maintain your cells. The fat is also high in vitamin E, necessary for healthy vision, a healthy immune system, and other benefits.
How Much Should You Be Eating?
Your body needs some fats for energy and other functions. Monounsaturated fats are a healthy choice.
How much should you get every day? Here are recommendations from the 2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
- You should get no more than 25% to 30% of your daily calories from fats. Make sure most of those fats are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.
- You should limit saturated fat to less than 10% of your daily calories.
- To further reduce your heart disease risk, limit saturated fats to less than 7% of your total daily calories.
- For a 2,000 calorie diet, that is 140 to 200 calories or 16 to 22 grams of saturated fats a day.
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Making Homemade Avocado Ice Cream
- Hass Avocados 4 large
- Lemon ½ juiced
- Lime ½ juiced
- Condensed Milk (Controls the sweetness level - You Choose) 1 to 5 tbps
- Heavy Cream 1 cup
- Yogurt (Key Lime Flavor) 8 tbps
- Pistachios 5 tbps
- Kiwi (Peeled) 1
- Honey 2 tbps
- Salt Pinch
- In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- If you have an Ice Cream maker, place the bowl base in the freezer for 3 hours or till super cold.
- Add the Ice Cream to the bowl and turn on the Ice Cream maker for 30 minutes.
- Next place the Ice Cream bowl in the freezer for a minimum of two hours to set up. Longer is better.
- Serve and Enjoy.
- If you do not have an Ice Cream maker no problem. Place the avocado Ice Cream mix into a freezer-safe container and freezer for 2-3 hours.