Superfood Series: A is for Avocado
I think one of the trickiest fruits (yep, it’s a fruit, it has a stone) to pick the correct day to eat it. One day too early and that lovely green flesh is hard and not that palatable. Disappointing. One day too late and its gone brown, very mushy and you wouldn’t want to add it to your lunch salad. Equally as disappointing. But when you get it right, its AMAZING and worth every second to get the timing correct.
Avocados are packed with nutrients: very high in vitamin K and folate. They help to keep your heart and blood healthy and due to their fat (monounsaturated, the good one!) and dietary fibre combination can help to lower cholesterol. They are certainly to be eaten in moderation though, I wouldn’t suggest a whole avocado every day as they are calorific. Unless you are looking to really increase your calorie intake of course. I have found that if you struggle to sleep and wake up very hungry in the morning, half an avocado before you go to bed is a good remedy.
160g Avocado gives you:
Calories – 256
Protein – 3.2g
Fat – 23.5g
Carbs – 13.6g
Fibre – 10.7g
Recipe to try: Avocado chocolate mousse
A very low sugar equivalent to a normal mousse, can be eaten as part of a Keto diet, is gluten and dairy free and very simple to prepare.
2 large ripe avocados
50g dark cocoa powder
120g coconut cream
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg
1 small pinch sea salt
½ tsp lemon juice
This is best prepared using a blender (I just get the Nutribullet out, its very quick) and about ½ hour before you are intending on serving it.
Cut the avocados in half, remove the stone and scoop the flesh out into the blender and give it a quick whizz until it turns to mush. Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and give it a good whizz until the mixture is creamy and smooth looking. Give it a taste test and add in a bit more salt or spice if required. Divide the mixture into little ramekins and sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder on the top of each. Refrigerate until ready to serve, but don’t leave it for too long or the mixture will turn brown (the lemon juice will help with this but not stop it entirely).
Have a try, post up on your Insta and tag me and I will like and share.