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Friday Food Feature | Avocado 
I think I was crazy for the first 19 years of my life because that’s how long it took me to like avocado. I just can’t believe it took me so long discover how tasty it is in salads or smashed up in guacamole, scraped on some grainy toasted bread or eaten out of its skin with a spoon. These days, my mouth waters at the thought of it! 
So I’m taking a moment to appreciate this tropical fruit and put it up on the pedestal with all the others in my food hall of fame, otherwise known as Friday Food Feature. Following are a few of my favourite healthy attributes of Avocados. 
They contain 60% more potassium than bananas! This helps to lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. 
Highest protein and oil content of any fruit. While they’re seen as high in fat, don’t be scared, they contain mostly monounsaturated fat. They are calorie dense, so do enjoy in moderation.
Loads of nutrients including fibre, vitamin K, vitamin E, B-vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid. An overall nutritional boost that enables the body to absorb more fat soluble nutrients in foods that are eaten with Avocado.
An avocado rich diet can lower blood cholesterol, decreasing the bad (LDL) and increasing the good (HDL). 
No sodium or cholesterol. Win!
My favourite way to enjoy avocado is on multigrain toast with sliced tomato, but the recipes are infinite. Add to any salad for a tasty nutritional boost or make your own guacamole. I make guac with avocado, a little sweet chilli sauce, fresh onion, fresh garlic, fresh chilli and a bit of pepper. Delish!
Sources: Livestrong, BBC Food

sweatnsass:

Friday Food Feature | Avocado 

I think I was crazy for the first 19 years of my life because that’s how long it took me to like avocado. I just can’t believe it took me so long discover how tasty it is in salads or smashed up in guacamole, scraped on some grainy toasted bread or eaten out of its skin with a spoon. These days, my mouth waters at the thought of it! 

So I’m taking a moment to appreciate this tropical fruit and put it up on the pedestal with all the others in my food hall of fame, otherwise known as Friday Food Feature. Following are a few of my favourite healthy attributes of Avocados. 

  • They contain 60% more potassium than bananas! This helps to lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. 

  • Highest protein and oil content of any fruit. While they’re seen as high in fat, don’t be scared, they contain mostly monounsaturated fat. They are calorie dense, so do enjoy in moderation.

  • Loads of nutrients including fibre, vitamin K, vitamin E, B-vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid. An overall nutritional boost that enables the body to absorb more fat soluble nutrients in foods that are eaten with Avocado.

  • An avocado rich diet can lower blood cholesterol, decreasing the bad (LDL) and increasing the good (HDL). 
  • No sodium or cholesterol. Win!

My favourite way to enjoy avocado is on multigrain toast with sliced tomato, but the recipes are infinite. Add to any salad for a tasty nutritional boost or make your own guacamole. I make guac with avocado, a little sweet chilli sauce, fresh onion, fresh garlic, fresh chilli and a bit of pepper. Delish!

Sources: Livestrong, BBC Food

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