Sunday, February 21, 2010

Avocado-the green goodness

Very few items in your organic box can lend themselves to both sweet and savory, like the humble avocado. Made up of good monosaturated fats, the avocado can be sometimes incorrectly thought of as fattening, the truth of the matter is that humans need fat, but good fats, and avocado are full of them. One of the monosaturated fats oleic acid may help lower cholesterol levels…

Loaded with vital nutrients, namely Vitamin C, vitamin A, E, B and K, and potassium (there is more potassium than in a banana) high in dietary fibre and antioxidants, especially Glutathione. Studies have shown that this antioxidant can help slow down the process of ageing. If that's not enough to get eating them, how about the fact that they are a great source of zinc, making them great for your skin and sexual health.

There are so many ways to use an avocado, fresh in salads, as a spread instead of butter, as a face mask but did you know that avocado's can be made into chocolate pudding, don't be scared, it tastes delicious, why not give it a try.

Chocolate Pudding

1 organic avocado, diced

1/2 c organic raw agave nectar

1/4 c organic raw cocoa powder

1/4 c water

2 t organic vanilla extract

1/4 t sea salt

Put the avocado, agave nectar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt in a blender. Gradually add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to achieve a creamy consistency. You can then refrigerate to make it a little firmer or eat it straight out of the bowl… serve with some raw grated chocolate or berries.mmmm

Or maybe try some easy peasy guacamole

4 organic avocados, peeled and diced
2 organic tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 organic red onion, or two spring onions finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
juice of one lemon

Add the tomatoes, red onion/spring onion into a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice and sprinkle sea salt and let them sit till ready to serve, when ready to serve, mash the avocado in a bowl and add it to the tomato mix and enjoy.

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