Avocado.... perfect anytime!

I love avocado - and a perfectly ripe avo is the best start to to day. The past few weeks have been absolutely nuts around my house, and I have been eating on the run every morning.  I know this isn't the best for my digestion - but I am at least including this nutrient packed fruit (yep, its a fruit!) to breakfast that keeps me full all morning.

So why do I love avocado? Let me count the ways...

1.    I love that delicious, rich creamy taste, yet it’s the “healthiest” of fats.

2.    I love that they make my skin beautiful. The antioxidants in avocados help to get rid of toxins that promote premature aging and wrinkling. Try applying 1 mashed avocado as a face mask and leaving it on for about 20 minutes rinse. I assure you, in the end, you will not look like the Wicked Witch of the West.

3.    I love to use them as a spread on my Seedy Crackers with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt, and red pepper flakes.

4.    I love how they make my hair shiny.  One avocado mashed and mixed together with 1 egg and your favorite essential oil is great for conditioning your hair. The healthy oils in the avocado help to moisturize and soften dry and brittle hair, and the vitamin E helps to restore a natural shine to your hair. To obtain these benefits simply massage the avocado and egg mixture into your hair and scalp and leave in for about 20 minutes. Then wash and condition with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Much nicer than the 'beer in the hair' idea!

5.    I love to use them in salads.  Any kind of salad.

6.    I love to use them on my sandwiches in place of butter (although I do love butter too!).

7.    I love how they are complete.  Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body, because they also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal protein, or if you are a vegetarian or vegan seeking more protein, avocados can bridge that gap. They are not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet. Highest protein content of any fruit.

8.    I love to use them in my smoothies to add some creamy richness.

9.    I love to scramble them in my egg omelet.

10. I love that they are an alphabet of vitamins. One avocado provides your body with vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, along with an enormous amount of potassium and “healthy” fat. Perhaps the biggest health benefit of avocados is that by adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!

 Oh, yes, I truly do love them...

BAKED AVOCADO

  • Cut a ripe avocado in half and remove the seed
  • Scoop out some of the flesh and munch while making the rest
  • Place the partially scooped out avocado on a muffin tin or tray to keep it up right
  • Crack an egg in the centre
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 180C (or until the yolk is how you like it)

Serve warm with Himalayan salt and pepper