Why Avocado Could Save Your Life…

If you don’t know already, avocados are considered a superfood and so they should be. They are full of many benefits and they taste incredible in smoothies, desserts, salads and on their own. They’re easy to add in any dish and are the best replacements for unhealthy saturated fats like butter.

So why should you start eating avocados daily? Below is a list of 6 reason why avocado are so good for you.

  1. They are made up of 3/4 monounsaturated fat, which is a “good fat’. monounsaturated fats are good for you because they reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in western society.
  2. They are high in protein. With a whopping 4g of protein in one avocado, that makes it the highest protein content fruit. This means it will help you feel full sooner and keep you satisfied for longer.
  3. Avocados contain near to none sugar in them. This means it is the lowest sugar content fruit out there, which means you won’t need to worry about consuming fructose. Thus you’ll be free from the effects fructose causes.
  4. They’re jam-packed with minerals like potassium (more than a banana!), rich in vitamin K ( which is essential for building strong bones and preventing heart disease), Vitamin B, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5 (all B Vitamins are essential for energy production and building new red blood cells), Vitamin C ( which protects your against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling and Vitamin E ( Vitamin E is full of Antioxidants, which remove free radicals. This means it reduces your risk of getting cancer and it has great properties which heals your skin and protects you from the sun, leaving your skin looking healthy and young)
  5. You’ll gain nearly half your daily requirements of dietary fibre in just one medium avocado. So that’s a whopping 11g of fibre. This means you’ll be kept full for longer and reduce your urge to “snack” between meals.
  6. Additionally research has pointed out that consuming an avocado a day also reduce your risk of diabetes and obesity as they help promote lower body weight…plus they also prevent particular cancers. According to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry they offer significant protection against breast and prostate cancer.

So how can you easily incorporate avocados into your daily meal plan?

Check out some of my delicious and easy to prepare avocado recipes.


avocado smoothie

Avocado and Lime Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 100g avocado
  • 80g lime
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 200g cucumber
  • 125mls unsweetened almond milk
  • stevia
  • Ice
  • a dash of water or more unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  • Throw all ingredients into your super powerful blender (if you don’t have one you can purchase an amazing one here for 50% off the recommended retail price, they’re selling like hot cakes so don’t miss out…click here)

stuffed avocados

 

Stuffed “Walnut” Avocado:
makes 2 halves

ingredients:

  • 4x walnuts (ideal to soak them for 1 hr)
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 diced tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • blend the walnuts, olive oil and spices in the food processor, until it looks like well crumbled)
  • scoop out the avocado meat with a large spoon and place it in a bowel (keep the avocado skin)
  • dice half a tomato
  • In the same bowl as the avocado meat, add the diced tomato and walnut mix
  • add them back into the avocado and serve with salt and pepper!

avocado salad

Avocado Salad
serves 1

Ingredients:

  1. mixed lettuce
  2. spinach
  3. kale
  4. cos lettuce
  5. 1/2 medium avocado
  6. Drizzled with a lemon-tahini dressing

Lemon-Tahini Dressing:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice / apple cider vingar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Natvia (Stevia) (This is optional)

Directions for dressing:

  • Whisk everything into a bowl until it becomes smooth and creamy.

Directions for whole salad:

  • add everything into a large bowl
  • make your lemon-tahini dressing
  • mix as much dressing as you through the salad and give a good mix
  • serve on a plate
  • garnish with thin slices of avocado

avocado

 

Whole Avocado
serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size avocado
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Cut avocado in half
  • remove core
  • drizzle with olive oil, squeeze some lemon juice and add salt and pepper.
  • eat one half or have both!

avocado pasta sauce

Zucchini Noodle with Avocado Pasta Sauce
serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 juice of a lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves (reduce down to 1, if you don’t like it garlicky)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil ( optional if you don’t have any available)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini ( for your zucchini pasta, you can have normal pasta if you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Prepare your Zucchini noodles by washing them and then peeling them
  • now use your veggie spiral to make your “noodles”
  • In a food processor, blend you olive oil, lemon and garlic
  • Now add your avocado, basil and salt and blend again until it becomes nice and creamy.
  • mix the avocado pasta sauce with your zucchini noodles and serve with sliced cherry tomatoes!

avocado recipes

 

Avocado Sandwich
serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of sprouted bread/ gluten free bread/ grain free bread/ Any bread you desire… Heck even a wrap will work
  • 1/2 a tomato
  • cucumber
  • lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • half your avocado and mash one half in a bowel with 1/2 tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper
  • slice your tomato and cucumber
  • smother your bread with avocado mash
  • add your sliced veggies and lettuce
  • add extra salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!

 

avocado popsicles

 

Avocado Popsicle
makes 4 (however it depends on the size of your moulds)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large lime*
  • ¼ cup natvia
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

* change the flavour if you like by swapping lime for strawberries or blueberries or banana or mango or even ¼ cup cocoa powder for a chocolate Flavour

Directions:

  • Peal and deseed the avocado and add to blender
  • Peal the whole lime and half it, then add to blender
  • Now add the remaining ingredients and blend it all together…add more almond milk or water if you feel it needs to be less thick
  • Add into your moulds and freeze!
  • Enjoy!

There are heaps of other ways you can use Avocado, I’ve just added a few. I do highly recommend baking with them because they work really well replacing butter in some recipes!

How do you enjoy your avocado?

Share your thoughts below, I’d love some more ideas and inspirations!

Talk soon!
xx

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