Contributed by: NAPSA
California Avocados: A Better Choice For Healthy Lifestyles
by Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D.,
The Fullness Factor: Energy Density
A new concept regarding weight control involves eating foods with a low energy density. Energy density is the amount of calories in a portion of food. By filling up on foods with a low energy density, like fruits and vegetables, one consumes fewer calories, while still feeling satisfied with a substantial amount of food.
According to Dr. Barbara Rolls from Penn State University, avocados have a low energy density with only 48 calories per ounce, which is comparable to the energy density of an ounce of roasted chicken breast without skin. In addition, the taste and texture of avocados is appealing and contributes to satiety, according to Dr. Adam Drewnowski from the University of Washington, who studies food palatability. Thus, California avocados can play an integral role in weight loss and weight maintenance.
Avocados are a member of 5 A Day The Color Way's green group. Eating a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables helps you stay healthy and energetic.
Cut tortillas in half and slice into very thin strips. Bake the strips by placing on a cookie sheet and baking in a preheated 325 F oven for 7-8 minutes. Grate the oranges to obtain 2 teaspoons of rind for each serving. Peel oranges and grapefruits, section and seed.
In a large bowl, mix honey, raspberry vinegar, orange and grapefruit sections. Add orange rinds and tortilla strips. Top with avocado slices.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per Serving: calories: 235, total fat: 5.3g, saturated fat: 1.0g, % calories from fat: 18%, % calories from saturated fat: 3%, protein: 3g, carbohydrates: 51g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 15g, sodium: 93mg
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