Avocados

avocadoI’m back on avocados again and can’t get enough of them. They make a great filling snack on their own – I put a little oil and black pepper on half then just scoop it out with a spoon – or spread on rye bread or chopped into a salad, the list can go on.

Obviously one delight with avocado is guacamole, which is very easy to make: one ripe avocado, juice of half/whole lime, dried/fresh chilli, fresh coriander. Mash up the avocado with a fork (this is why you need a ripe one) and squeeze in the lime juice. Chop up the coriander (or parsley if, like me, you don’t coriander!) and mix in, add a little chopped chilli to taste and season with salt and pepper. Done!

Avocado and guacamole goes great with seafood so add it as a side to prawns as a starter or for lunch..avocado and prawnsThe avocado is rich in monounsaturated fat, which can reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood. Avocados also contain plenty of vitamin E for healthy skin and heart function, lutein for the eyes and magnesium for the heart, along with vitamin C, B6, folate, iron and potassium. The antioxidant plant chemical beta-sitosterol helps to lower blood cholesterol, and this is found in avocados too.

Because they contain a lot of fat, avocados also pack a calorie punch, so be mindful of this if your goal is to reduce calorie intake.

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