Avocados - I can recall when I didn't like them. (Nor tomatoes, leeks, pumpkin or brussel sprouts).
Oh how things change...
taste buds especially!
Thankfully I absolutely adore avocados now! (And the other fruit and vegetables mentioned.)
As it's coming up to avocados season (when these beauties are both better quality and less expensive), I thought I'd share some of their benefits and ideas on how to use them.
Avocados are full of healthy monounsaturated fats (in the form of oleic acid) which helps to lower stroke and heart disease risk. They are a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron and Vitamins K, C, E and B vitamins. They are very versatile and make a very satisfying snack or meal as they are low GI and full of fibre.
My favourite ways to enjoy avocados include;
As a dip – Home made guacamole is as easy as mashing or blending avocado with lemon or lime, salt and pepper.
As a spread – use avocado to replace butter or other sandwich spreads. I especially love it on toast topped with poached eggs, or in an avo and vegemite sandwich. (Or Marmite if that's more your thing!)
In a salad – they add a soft creamy texture and lots of flavour.
In Chocolate Mousse – not so secret anymore, this recipe may sound bizarre but I can promise you that it is delicious. I have made it for my children's school and pre-school classes and everyone from 3 to 93 years old loves this!
As an entrée – simply halve an avocado lengthways, fill the 'boat' with lemon juice, top with salt and pepper and enjoy with a teaspoon. (This is great for dinner parties as a simple but delicious first course).
As a snack – sliced or 'smouched' avocado on ryvita crackers with black pepper are one of my favourite snacks.
In sushi – along with salmon, cucumber and carrot avocado gives a lovely texture.
In lunchboxes – any of the ideas above are great for kids lunches. A small pottle of guacamole with dipping vegetable sticks, in sandwiches or wraps, on crackers or just as a boat, avocado is a great treat to get your kids addicted to!
What ways do you enjoy eating avocado?
Please share below!