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