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Supermarket Staple #10: Avocados

Why It's a Must Have: Don’t shy away from avocados if you are trying to lose weight! While they are high in fat, they are full of the heart healthy monounsaturated kind, and the fats and potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure, stabilize stress levels and reduce belly fat, says Palinski. “Studies have shown diets rich in monounsaturated fats may help reduce belly fat storage.”

Budget Bonus: Since this thick-skinned produce item is one of the fruits with the lowest amount of toxins, you don’t have to go organic with avocados, Palinski says. And if you aren’t going to eat them right away, purchase hard, not yet ripe avocados to make them last longer. “To keep them ripening slowly over time (you can keep them for 1-2 weeks), place them in the fruit bin of the refrigerator. And with already sliced avocado, mash it and freeze it to use in recipes or as a dip when needed.”

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