A delectably creamy & surprisingly versatile healthy food
Healthwise, avocados are nutrient dense, low in sugar & very high in fibre. They’re particularly rich in potassium and vitamins C, E and K.
Avocados have a notoriously high fat content, especially for a fruit, but don’t let that deter you. It’s of the beneficial kind and actually helps the body to better assimilate certain nutrients and antioxidants. Naturally cholesterol free, avocados provide the body with essential fats known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. The bottom line is that avocados are more likely to give your skin a radiant glow than ruin your diet!
To store avocados are best kept in a cool, dark place
To ripen quickly place avocado in a sealed brown paper bag with a ripe banana
To check ripeness gently press the top of the avocado: it should feel supple but not mushy. Never press the body as this will only bruise the flesh!
Here are some ideas for getting more avocado into your day!
– Spread on toast for breakfast in these Miso, Avocado and Egg Toasts
– Use to replace butter on sandwiches and wraps
– Use as a filling in homemade nori rolls- especially good with slices of omelette or marinated tempeh
– Add to leaf and grain based salads- you’ll find you need less oil in your dressing as a result Make a Chunky Guacamole to serve with corn chips or Mexican food
– Blend with cocoa powder and agave syrup for a raw treat- here’s a Chocolate Mousse recipe that does just that
– Use the Chocolate Mousse recipe above to make healthy ice-blocks for hot summer days- just freeze in a mould and you’re away
– Roast whole sweet potatoes, halve and top with slices of avocado, fresh thyme leaves and lots of salt and pepper
– Halve, core, top with herbs, toasted pepitas and drizzle with salad dressing