An Avocado a Day…

By: Steffie Handley

We have all heard the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, right?

Well I believe the new saying should be ‘an avocado a day keeps the doctor away’!

Now, I appreciate that an avocado a day might be too much of an ask for some, however I am a firm believer that we should be trying to include them in our diet on a regular basis. I have avocados around 3-5 per week …  during my breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Whilst writing this over lunch obviously I have included the avocado super food into the salad mix …

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If you are one of the cool kids then you’re probably already having avocado with well just about everything, however if you’re new to this particular superfood, and are a little unsure as to why you should be eating it, let me help you out a little:

  • First and foremost: they taste delicious!
  • Avocados contain lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease, keeping those peepers in check.
  • Half an avocado contains 3.4 grams of fiber, including soluble and insoluble, your body require both to keep the digestive system ticking over. No more toilet troubles.
  • They help you to feel fuller for longer, making it easier to resist those biscuits being passed around the office mid-afternoon.
  • For or all you mums to be: one cup of avocado provides almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of folate, a vitamin which cuts the risk of birth defects.
  • The oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels.

We’ve covered the why, here comes the how…

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  • Lunch: slice them up and include them in a salad (they go nicely with chicken)
  • Brunch: stick them in the oven and have them with your eggs Benedict
  • Dinner: A great addition to pasta, combined with lemon, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and basil, it’s like a healthier (and greener) version of the classic alfredo sauce.
  • Dessert: use instead of butter when making homemade cookies

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…and of you still have some leftover; slap on your face for a cheap,  effective homemade beauty treatment.

Steffie Handley

Steffie Handley

I graduated from University of central Lancashire with a social worker based degree, (Care, Community and Citizenship). I knew I wanted to help people but was unsure of which path to take, I found myself lost, I finished university and still not a clue what to do. During my time at university I no longer found time for physical activity, my love for food grew and my weight slowly crept up. I knew something had to change as I felt friends were moving on around me and I was stationary. This was the kickstart I needed to go on my fitness journey which has seen me shed over eight stone in weight, complete my first marathon in Geneva raising money for UNICEF, qualify as an Advanced Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor.

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