Food of the Gods: Avocado

Today we’re going to talk about a serious topic. A matter of public disagreement. Avocado!  Whether you love them or hate them, don’t be another person jumping on the band wagon, get to know the facts on this amazing nutrition filled super-food!

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Avocados are known for their versatility. Used in all three meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Making there very little excuse not to give them a try. This super-food can be the base, accessory or side dish for many meals. But before we dive into the vast variety of meals you can use avocados in, let’s get into the health facts.  Starting with the most commonly known aspect of Avocados:

Avocados are high in fat. Yes. I did just say HIGH in FAT before you run away screaming, I don’t mean the McDonald’s double cheese burger kind of high in fat. Avocados are high in fat but not fat as we know it. The majority of fats within Avocados is oleic acid. This monosaturated acid has an abundant of benefits, including reduced inflammation and has been suggested to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer. Although research on this is not entirely conclusive, Avocados are certain to reduce cholesterol and have protective effects against heart disease and diabetes.

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Here’s the exciting part, Avocados are great for weight loss! Avocados are filling without needing to eat tons of it. You stay fuller for longer which means better portion and calorie control! Avocados are also high in fibre (which is known to be great for weight loss) and low in carbs making it a weight loss friendly food!

At times healthy eating can seem tedious and hard work compared to sticking a pizza in the oven, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be like that! Healthy eating can be fun, interesting and easy. Here are a few meal ideas that incorporate avocados

 Zucchini noodles with a creamy avocado paste

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If you’re anything like me and enjoy a good hearty meal that still allows you to keep on track with your healthy lifestyle, then this is a great option.

This meal is very versatile, you can add or take away vegetables as you wish but these vegetables are a great combo.

  • Zucchini noodles/ feel free to add whole wheat spaghetti
  • Avocado
  • Basil leaves
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions

In a blender add avocado, spinach, basil leaves a dash of olive oil, and your desired seasoning (in moderation).

While your ingredients are blending fry some spring onions with a drizzle of olive oil (coconut oil is a great option too).  Throw in some spinach and the zucchini noodles. Once your avocado paste is a smooth consistency add it to the mix and stir and you’re good to go!  I can promise you it takes less than 15 minutes.

For the next recipe lets aim for less than 10 minutes. This meal is perfect to take on the go for lunch.

Spicy tuna avocado wrap

When it comes to lunch we’re all in search for something convenient and quick… but sick of eating a pack of crisps and a BLT from Tesco. This next option is a great and healthy choice.

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Ingredients

Whole wheat wrap

Can of tuna

1 avocado

Red onions

Spring onions

Grated carrots

Leafy greens

 

Avocados are a great alternative to mayo, with this recipe you can have the same creamy texture of tuna mayo but with less fat and more nutrition.  After preparing all your ingredients simply mix in a bowl. Lay down your lettuce onto the wrap and the add your ingredients ,fold the wrap and you are good to go!

After reading all these avocado facts. I hope you’ve been convinced to sprinkling a few pieces of avocado in your next meal. Preferably not your cereal.

Contributed by: Mayfield Ngondonga Blogger @ Unsuccessfully Cliche

 

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