Avocado vs Almonds- Which is the Better Choice?
Avocado, by a long shot.
While almonds are often the first go-to as a replacement for peanuts when one begins following the Paleo diet, often they end up getting eaten far too much.
All nuts are inflammatory, with high levels of Omega 6s and low levels of healthy Omega 3s, which is why they’re meant to be eaten only in moderation. Big picture: at the end of the day, we just need to balance out the 3:6 ratio by making sure we’re including wild fish to get our 3s. (Incidentally, we know from The Paleo Diet, by Dr. Cordain, that raw walnuts are the best choice when it comes to nuts).
Enter the avocado. Actually a fruit, rich in Omega 3s as well as antioxidants and vitamins A, Ba, K, E and C, it should be eaten on a daily basis, if possible.
Think outside the avocado box, too, as it’s not only meant to be eaten sliced up on a salad or in guacamole. Use it where you might have used peanut butter in the past- in smoothies, or spread on top of celery or carrots.
Half a ripe avocado whizzed with some fresh berries, green tea, a bunch of raw kale and a couple of soft boiled eggs, as one example, made into a smoothie will provide a delicious, Paleo friendly meal to go, balanced in the proper Paleo 40/30/30 macro nutrient ratio with loads of ‘super foods’ (for lack of a better term!)… and you can take it for on-the-go.
Take home message- almonds once in a while, and avocado all the time! Well, not all the time, but you get the gist!