by Diane Clark
The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit, which has powerful beneficial effects on health.
This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavour and rich texture. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
People who eat avocados tend to be healthier and studies have shown they can reduce cholesterol levels significantly, reduce blood triglycerides (a fat found in your blood), lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL (the good!) cholesterol. This is really good news for a healthy heart!
Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves which is very important for eye health and lowers the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
I was delighted to learn that avocados are also high in fibre, and very low in carbohydrates. They are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and last but not least, taste incredible! What more could one ask for in a food?
Avocado & Banana Smoothie
- Serves: 2
- Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- 3 ripe bananas
- 500ml coconut water
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- In a blender, combine bananas and coconut water. Puree until smooth.
- Add the following 6 ingredients, and continue to blend until smooth.
Avocado Bun BLT Burgers
- Serves: 2
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Buns made of bread are so last month, apparently! This time the avocado is the bun. This recipe is a gluten-free, low carb alternative and looks like bright green eggs. Unlike a bun burger, you will need a knife and fork to eat it!
- 2 avocados
- 2 slices of gluten free cheddar cheese
- 4 slices of crispy bacon
- 2 slices of tomato
- 2 slices of red onion
- 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
- mayo and sesame seeds and watercress to decorate
- Halve, pit, and peel the avocados, slice the cheese, tomato and onion.
- Cook the bacon and set aside ready for when you assemble the “bun”.
- Slice a little piece from the bottom of two halves of avocado, so that they don’t wobble.
- Stack all the ingredients neatly on the top of them.
- When finished, place the other two halves on top of each pile.
- Once complete, sprinkle with sesame seeds and decorate with watercress.