Avocados are one of my favorite foods. Not only are they incredibly versatile and work well in a variety of sweet and savory keto dishes, but they also have incredible health benefits. Avocados are a wonderfully immune-supportive food. Avocados are high in fiber (9 grams in a single avocado!) that supports the microbiome. More than 70% of the immune system is in the digestive system, so anything we do for digestive health also supports immunity. This is one reason that my avocado-rich High Fiber Keto diet is so immune protective.
A fun way to enjoy avocados in daily life is with a keto avocado smoothie. A typical smoothie is high in sugar, carbs and very sweet. Popular smoothie spots will combine cups of fruit with juice, which is something that my system definitely cannot handle. The blood sugar spike and crash would be sure to leave me feeling hungry, irritable and ready for a nap! Not to mention that spike in blood sugar can decrease the immune system’s ability to respond to viral exposure for several hours.
Instead, I recommend fat-based smoothies. An avocado adds an important fat to a smoothie that can be combined with MCTs, nut milk, coconut and seeds. For protein, I love grass-fed collagen powder in smoothies. Add some extra veggies or berries and you have yourself a winner, sure to hold you until your next meal and give your immune system some love.
Because of their astounding health benefits and nutrition profile, avocados are food to enjoy often as part of your High Fiber Keto lifestyle. They are easy to incorporate into a variety of dishes and help to keep you looking and feeling young while preventing metabolic syndrome. And, incorporating fiber into your diet has proven to be extremely beneficial for an optimized microbiome. The state of your digestive health directly impacts factors for immune health, so a healthy gut means a healthy body. An avocado a day can truly keep the doctor away!