I Love Avocados
Avocados seem to be similar to Marmite. People tend to love or hate them. Well, I absolutely love them! They come across as a rather exotic and luxurious fruit to me. Surprisingly, they are a fruit and what looks like a giant stone in the middle is its seed.
These are a staple product in my fruit bowl. I like to keep them amongst other fruits where they ripen just perfectly. I eat around four normalish sized ones every week. They are super versatile as they can be eaten as they are (scooped out of the skin with a spoon), spread, blended (into a green smoothie for example), chopped into a salad or added as a side dish.
My favourite thing to do is spread them onto a wrap once they are super soft. They make a healthy nutritious spread all by themselves and save me reaching for the mayo or something equally as naughty. I often make wraps using overripe avocado as the spread, with a heap of fresh grated carrot on top and salad for a quick tasty lunch.
Amazingly they can also be used to create desserts. I've only tried once and it was far from successful. I found a recipe for chocolate avocado mousse. Mine turned out just awful. It tasted so bad, the whole lot went straight in the bin! The idea of using it for a pudding still intrigues me so I'll have to try another sweet recipe soon.
Avocados are full of fat, but this is good fat! They contain heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which can reduce inflammation, help to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, reduce the risk of some cancers & reduce belly fat.
Avocados also contain more potassium than bananas. Potassium is needed for muscle strength, heart health, brain function and so much more. It's a crucial part of our everyday diets and a deficiency can result in painful muscle cramps, tiredness and depression.
When pregnant I suffered from the most excruciating muscle cramps in my legs. They'd always happen in the middle of the night and I'd wake up yelping in agony. Ben even thought I was going into labour one night when he heard me cry out in pain from downstairs! I made sure I ate bananas everyday and lots of avocados weekly to help this. It may have all been a coincidence, but I'm certain the cramps only came the days I forgot to eat any.
Avocados are one of my most favourite foods, which is lucky as they are packed full of nutrients.
Do you love avocados or hate them?