I had one of my favourite breakfasts this morning:
Rye bread with smashed avocado (avocado, lemon juice, chilli flakes, pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper), tomato, a poached egg and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Yum!
Most of you will be thinking – “How did she have time to prepare that?” (it is Sunday morning)
Then … “OMG I LOVE avocados!” or “Not a chance would avocado make it onto my plate”
Where do you stand?
Personally I cannot get enough avocado and I try to include a little in my diet each day and encourage my clients to do the same. They are keen to hear how this creamy fruit high in monounsaturated (the good kind) fat can possibly help them shape lean muscle and lose body fat if they are so high in fat themselves.
Avocados are labelled a superfood because of their endless health benefits and their ability to help our bodies unlock the nutrients in other foods they are eaten with. They are high in fat and this fat does amazing things for our bodies – it doesn’t just store itself away plumping up our fat cells!
Avocados are full of magnesium and potassium, two nutrients known to help reduce blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most of us need more of to keep our skin, hair and nails hydrated and glowing. Avocados = younger looking skin : )
When following a reduced carbohydrate diet (to lose body fat) it is crucial that you use healthy fats as an energy source to keep your body energised and your metabolism working efficiently. If your body does not receive enough calories (energy) for its activity level, then it will slow your metabolism and the body fat won’t budge.
Here are 5 of many reasons to get avocados in your shopping basket this week:
Avocados make a great spread for bread: Move away from butter, jam, and mayonnaise and you will get the benefit of over 20 nutrients when you mash it up and put it on your bread or toast.
Avocados make a delicious dip: Guacamole is perhaps the recipe avocados are most associated with and it is extremely delicious when served with grilled chicken or fish or dolloped on a sweet potato. The real trick is adding plenty of lime or lemon juice as this acidity slows down the oxidation process preventing your dip going brown.
Avocados make a healthy butter substitute for baking: Substitute it in the same quantity as butter to most recipes for cakes and desserts and enjoy it’s creamy richness with no strong flavour.
Avocados are a delicious part of a salad: They are very versatile and help to make a green salad dish into a more substantial meal. Start with a base of green leaves; add a protein source; add grains or potatoes to give some substance such as lentils, new potatoes or quinoa; add some colour with slices of fruits and vegetables; add some crunch with seeds or nuts; add some sharpness and sweetness with a dressing and toss through some cubes of avocado to bring the whole dish together. Ta Dah!
Avocado + smoked salmon = Heaven
Get creative with this amazing food … search for recipes on line, experiment with dips, salads, smoothies, wraps and sandwiches and if you still don’t like it … smear it on your face as a face mask ; ) ENJOY!