10 Reasons To Love Avocados


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I would find it impossible to make do without the avocado. Versatile, nutritious and tasty could be it’s epitaph – fast food another. Few plant based whole foods taste so perfect without little or no intervention. Bananas do spring to mind yet they don’t have that exotic, luxurious and creamy deliciousness that the savory avocado do. I use them in smoothies, spread on toast, eaten au natural (or drizzled with olive oil) scooped out with a spoon, in salads, mashed into baby food, in face masks and of course in the epic Guacamole. Shunned in the past for it’s ‘fat’ content, here are 10 updated top facts* extolling the virtues of the avocado. Stock up now and start to glow!

10 Reasons To Love Avocado

1 – Great for keeping skin supple due to omega 3 fatty acids and oleic acid.

2 – Can aid in weight loss (good fat does not make you fat).

3 – Copper and iron aide stress reduction and relaxation.

4 – Folic acid promotes reproductive health.

5 – Lowers ‘bad’ cholestrol, increase the ‘good’.

6 – Protein rich – promotes strength and endurance.

7 – Lecithin improves brain function.

8 – Vitamin E, powerful anti oxidant, neutralises harmful effects of toxins in body.

9 – Omega 6 fatty acids and oleic acid aids in soothing inflammation.

10 – Linoleic acid help to improve blood sugar balance.

We’ve come a long way from only using avocados sliced into a Tricolore salad (although that is good too). Why not have your avocado for breakfast, spread on a piece of toast or a cracker (I use the gluten-free variety) or on its own with some olive oil and herb salt if grains does not agree with you. Pop a slice of tomato on top. Or mix it in your morning smoothies, together with a banana, berries, some mixed nuts and green leaves. Top it off with coconut or filtered water. In my book, as long as you’ve got an avocado in your fruit bowl, you know your day is going to be alright.  Have a happy saturday everyone! x

* ‘Natural Wonderfoods‘, by Bartimeus, Haigh, Merson, Owen and Wright.

 

 

The Nutritious Super Smoothie

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Being  back at home with my juicer and blender is more exciting than it ought to be. I didn’t think I could miss two machines as much as I have – but the truth is I feel 100% better drinking green juices and smoothies than when I don’t! Simple as that. After a month of going off piste in all kinds of foodie directions, not necessarily bad ones (although some were) and not consuming the amount of vegetables that I normally do, I started to feel really tired and lethargic. Spots were appearing out of nowhere (really?) and I just didn’t have the same amount of energy as I’m used to having. Time for action! After a massive vegetable shop my fridge is now full of goodies and this Green Swede is going back to basics.

Today’s smoothie recipe was filling and delicious as well as jam packed with nutrients. Here’s what my trusted book ‘Natural Wonderfoods’ says about the ingredients in it. Drink it and feel FABULOUS.

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Avocado – monounsaturated fats, lecithin (improves brain function), high content of vitamin C, E and whole range of B, lutein (protects against eye problems and cardiovascular disease, tryptophan, folic acid (help to turn the tryptophan into serotonin, aka feel good hormone), potassium (staves off fatigue, depression and essential for healthy blood pressure and muscle contraction),rich in  fibre, high in omega-3 fatty acids (fight against wrinkles) and contains more protein than any other fruit.

Celery – known to stimulate kidneys and flush out our system, full of vitamin B and C, detoxifying, liver cleanser, useful antiseptic for urinary tract problems, calcium, iron, magnesium and selenium to normalise the body’s acid-alkaline balance.

Ginger – stimulates and promotes detoxification and circulation, fast acting cure for nausea, relieves indigestion, wind and colic, aids general absorption of nutrients, ease constipation, helps against fungal infections, regulates blood sugar, rich in zink (immune system), combats colds and influenza, clears congestion, expels phlegm and relieves coughs, antiseptic, ease pain and inflammation, used in treatments of joint problems, stimulates circulation and lowers blood pressure. Use in juices, smoothies or add to hot water and drink as a tea.

Cucumber – one of the best diuretic foods (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans knew a thing or two), mineral rich, kidney cleanser, alleviates puffy eyes and sunburn, anti-inflammatory, rich in fibre, ease constipation, rich in erepsin (enzyme that help break down protein), silica (strong hair and nails), magnesium, potassium. The minerals are clustered in the peel so make sure you buy organic as otherwise you’d remove the peel and could lose valuable nutrients.

Kale – high in beta carotene (body turns this into vitamin A), lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids (helps prevent eye disease), B6 and B12 (boosts brain power and prevents memory loss), improve energy and supports immune system, calcium, silica, detoxifier, flavonoids (aids circulation and stimulates immune response), vitamin C (anti-oxidant), vitamin K, iron, zink and rich in fibre.

Banana – tryptophan (promotes serotonin), ease depression, aid restful sleep, high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, maintains healthy nerve and muscle function, lowers blood pressure, rich in fibre, acts as antacids (heartburn or ulcers), banana skin can soften corns and calluses.

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The Nutritious Super Smoothie

(Makes 2 tumblers)

1 avocado

1/2 cucumber

2 handfuls of shredded kale

1 banana

2″ piece of ginger root

1 carrot

2 celery sticks

coconut water

1 large tbsp coconut oil

1 scoop green protein powder

Mix all in blender and enjoy. Enjoy and have a wonderful Saturday! x

 

 

 

Pink Lunch

 

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Feeling too hot to eat today? I did – yet a lunch time smoothie is a perfect compromise of drink and solids. I made this one with less liquids than usual but added ice cubes, creating a consistency reminiscent of the frozen yoghurt I used to have in the States many years ago. I ate it with a spoon, which fooled me into thinking it was pudding, yet it was jam-packed with green goodness and ONE beetroot to make it this perfectly pink!

Pink Lunch Smoothie

1/2 romaine lettuce

1/2 cucumber

1 avocado

1 banana

1 beetroot

2″ ginger root piece, peeled

1/4 fennel

1 lemon

Handful of cashews, not roasted!

Chia seeds

Coconut water

Ice cubes

Blend the lot and depending on the consistency you are after, add more or less coconut water (or regular filtered water if you prefer). Enjoy your Tuesday! x