Our Kiwi love affair with avocados shows no signs of letting up, and now that they’re in season (YUSSSS!!!) and don’t cost the same as the price of a new car, avocado luvvies can rejoice and buy up a storm.
But why we love them, other than the obvious: they taste DE-LIC-IOUS! … is because they are so jolly versatile! Yes, we love guacamole – perfect with burritos, tortillas, corn chips and licked straight out of the bowl (No? Just us?) – and we all have our fave guac recipe, but this adaptable fruit (yes, it’s a “single seed oily berry fruit”) can be the secret ingredient in sooooo many recipes.
Why avocados ROCK, nutritionally speaking!
1. They are loaded with potassium:
Avocados contain even MORE potassium than a banana! One avocado contains 975 milligrams of potassium, while a large banana has just half that, with 487 milligrams. So when you scoop out that avo with just a squeeze of lemon, a drop of oil and a dusting of salt ‘n’ pepper, you’re packing your bod with the electrolyte that helps your muscles contract and your heart to pump. Sounds good to us!
2. Avocados contain protein:
And while not a complete protein, they do contain 18 of the 22 amino acids needed, which includes all eight essential amino acids. Plus their fat content contains even more protein than contained in an equal measure of dairy milk.
3. They give you a vitamin boost:
Avos are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, plus magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and more. So they’re amazing for skin and most body functions. You’ve heard the saying :”An avocado a day…”. Not that? It should be!!
4. You can swap out butter in some baking recipes:
Switch out butter for avocado to create a healthier baked treat, such as banana bread, muffins and even chocolate icing! While butter contains around 813 calories per half cup with little to no health benefits, half a cup of avocado is just 184 calories. Nearly 20% less! Plus avocados contain health fats which lower LDL cholesterol (bad fats) and maintain good levels of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol you need in your body) PLUS reduce belly fat!
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Because avocados are in season right now and we can buy them in bags of five… ten… twenty without breaking into our piggy banks, it’s time to recklessly indulge in this perfect spring seasonal all-rounder with these 9 fab recipes.
It’s that smoothie time of year again (squeeeee!) and this gorgeous Kale Avocado Tropical Smoothie is the perfect way to kickstart your day plus gives you the tropical taste of summer in every sweet sip!
Replace butter with avocado in this cocoa goodness Chocolate Avocado Muffin recipe and enjoy soft, fluffy fresh baking piping hot from the oven. Sounds like a Sunday thing to us.
Experimenting with dressings is a summer delight, and this versatile Avo Nice Day Dressing can be blended smooth for a creamy dressing or left chunky as a dip. One thing is guaranteed, you’ll probably need to double the recipe because this is one tasty little drop!
4. Avocado, Lime & Chia Seed Smoothie Popsicle
These delectable (and healthy!!) summer treats can be whipped up in minutes and don’t even need an ice cream maker to create this creamy and naturally sweet ice cream pop. These Avocado & Lime Popsicles are the perfect treat to cool off this summer!
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- 2 medium ripe bananas, peeled, sliced – with black spot on the skin for a sweeter ice cream
- 4 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- Zest of one lime
- 1 ½ cup Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- In a blender add the avocado flesh, banana slices, lime juice, lime zest and Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk.
- Blend until smooth, creamy and lovely green cream form.
- Blend some extra chia seeds to add some fibre if you like.
- Pour the ice cream liquid into the popsicles molds.
- Add the Popsicle sticks and place in the freezer overnight or until firm, at least 6 hours.
- Store up to 1 month in the freezer in their molds.
There’s nothing quite al fresco brunches and whether you crank up the barbie or make indoors, these Avocado Buckwheat Pancakes are a brunch must! Drizzle with lemon and sugar or maple syrup and top with your fave fruit or bacon and devour!
This creamy dressing is luxurious poured generously over salads and in sandwiches. And its secret ingredient is honey… could it be more Kiwi? Plus it takes just 5 minutes to whip up.
Yes, avocado makes a heavenly pasta sauce! Combine it with zucchini noodles (also in season!!!) and you have a spring delight that’s as healthy as it is delicious!
Avocado is the perfect base ingredient for this luxury choccie dessert that everyone will enjoy. And just like replacing butter with avocado, you’ll create a pudding where second and third helpings are definitely encouraged!
This smoothie is spring in a glass! With just kiwifruit, avocados, Almond Breeze almond milk made from the best California almonds, lime and honey this smoothie will give you a zesty start to any day of the week. Mmmmmmm….
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