There are a number of people I know who equate the colder months of the year to “bulking season”. Whether or not the connection between the two is made intentionally, it is in fact, fact!
Is it genetics? Or maybe our subconscious telling us to put on more weight to store for the winter? I can’t tell you that, but I do know that I’ve personally fallen into the depths of “bulking season” in the past.
Sometimes we want to put on weight (i.e., building muscle or needing to move up in weight class), and other times it just happens from overeating, to eating processed junk foods, to any number of diet or lifestyle factors. But healthy fats that come from a plant-based source have been a well-kept secret of mine for a long time to staying lean and fit during the holiday season. Honestly, I can eat an avocado a day no problem! (a little olive oil, some curry powder… mmmmm!)
And honestly, I love that avocados are a food you can have at any meal! Breakfast, lunch, or supper, the avocado is so versatile! #AvoTime = the best time!
But the main reason I load up on avocados over other sources of fat are because of the health benefits.
The health benefits of avocados and other healthy plant-based fats:
- They’re nutrient dense with a range of vitamins from Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, to Vitamin E and more.
- Avocados are high in potassium, even higher than bananas in fact!
- 77% of the calories in avocados come from fat, but the majority of that fat is oleic acid — a monounsaturated fatty acid which has amazing health benefits and healing properties for the body. Mainly, it’s been associated with reducing inflammation and is believed to help with cancer prevention.
- Eating avocados regularly can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and increase HDL (good cholesterol).
- More than any of the benefits listed above, speaking from personal experience, I find eating avocados actually helps me stay lean and actually lose excess fat.
The more healthy fats I put into my body, the less unhealthy fats I crave.
The more avocados I eat and the more fat I get from them, the less cravings I have for junk food, and the less I want to eat other foods higher in unhealthy fats.
Because avocados aren’t native to Canada, we often import them from other countries. I like to try to find avocados that come from Mexico, as these are usually the larger ones with the bigger pits. I mean, I can’t say I could ever taste the difference between avocados from one country over another, but aside from California, Mexico is one of the closest regions to Canada to buy from, reducing our carbon footprint, even if marginally.
In my opinion, the biggest advantage plant based fats have over animal based fats, is the fact they have absolutely zero “bad cholesterol” or LDL.
Plants don’t contain LDL that can clog your arteries, that’s a fact. So in the winter, when my body craves heartier and more saturated meals, avocados are my number one source of fats.
Vegan buddha bowls + avocados for dinner!
In these buddha bowls I made for my heartmate and I this week, we had all the avocados our hearts desired.
- Fresh Avocados from Mexico (soft to touch from the outside)
- 4 cups of baby spinach
- 1 cup tofu, cubed
- 2 watermelon radishes
- Fresh carrots
- 2-3 tbsp sauerkraut
- 1 can of organic chickpeas
- Green onions, finely chopped
For the chickpeas:
Preheat oven to 400F. Drizzle olive oil over chickpeas until evenly coated, and toss with a ¼ tsp of each chilli powder, curry, and cumin. Roast in oven for 30 minutes.
For the tofu:
For high sources of protein, we lightly fried some tofu on medium heat for about 5 minutes, with extra virgin olive oil and curry powder. A simple but delicious combo I can never get enough of.
The main sources of carbs in these bowls are from our starchy root vegetables: carrots and watermelon radishes, which we had raw. And of course, while the chickpeas have carbs, too, they’re also great sources of plant-based protein.
All on a bed of baby spinach to make sure we get our leafy cruciferous greens which are great for colon health, and also a fair source of calcium! Top with freshly cut green onions and sauerkraut, and enjoy!
If the upcoming bulk season is freaking you out a little, just remember that generally the more healthy fats you put into your body, you’ll crave less of the unhealthy fats. That’s my experience, anyway!
How do you like to eat your avocados? And where do you usually source them from?
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Thank you to Avocados from Mexico for sponsoring this post!