When I started my blog, people told me to just be myself and write about the things I am passionate about … so I am dedicating this blog to the one and only … avocados !!
Healthy fats in avocado
I hate it when I hear people say “I don’t eat avocados as they are really fatty” as if it was a fatty steak they were talking about! Yes avocados have some fat in them (about 12g per half) BUT the majority of the fats in them are monounsaturated fats. These are the “good” kind because they have been shown to help reduce the bad kind of cholesterol levels and fats in the blood. Fat is also essential to the body for many reasons, including the fact that it helps to transport, store and utilise the fat soluble vitamins (that is vitamin A, D, E and K).
Other nutrients in avocado
Avocados are packed full to the brim with other healthy nutrients. They are a great source of folate (one for you pregnant ladies out there!) and a good source of vitamin C too (crucial for our immune system – fighting off those winter bugs!). Avocados are also a good source of potassium – so they’re good to replenish your electrolytes after a sweaty gym sesh!
They also have a good chunk of fibre in them too (about 5g per half avocado). Having enough fibre in the diet helps to keep us feeling satisfied (or “fuller for longer” as some people like to say). It slows the digestion of foods and so you get a slower release of the energy into the bloodstream – meaning that you won’t get as high peaks and dips in energy (which affects your appetite too!).
My favourite way to eat avocados has got to be “mushed”. I tend to make a simple guacamole-like concoction with mashed up avocado, some olive oil, some lemon juice, some red onion and chillies, and a little seasoning. So simple and it works great as a dip … and even better roughly spread on toast with some crumbled feta and an egg on top (see below). I am now drooling.
Happy Avocado mushing!