Are you eating your avocado the right way?

How do you prepare your avocado? Most of us just slice them through the middle and scoop out the delicious creamy insides. But it turns out that could be wrong - you might be leaving the healthiest part behind! The most nutrient-packed part of the avocado is the darkest green layer right next to the skin. The below video shows you the best way to make sure you get maximum nutrition from your avocado. Peeling off the skin first before chopping or mashing your avocado ensures you're benefiting from all that goodness!

Once you've sliced or mashed your avocado, what do you do with it other than make guacamole or avocado on toast? There are loads of healthy, delicious options - why not give these recipes a go and enjoy the heart-healthy benefits of monounsaturated fats.

#1. Chicken Breast and Avocado Salad

After a busy day at work and a solo session at the gym, it's easy to find yourself without much time or energy to cook. So whip up this delicious healthy salad with smoked paprika chicken, antioxidant-rich tomatoes and avocado; the perfect combination of lean protein and good fats.

#2. Spicy Bean and Avocado Tostados

This healthy vegetarian Mexican meal is perfect for a family lunch - kids will love learning about healthy eating as they top these tostados with chilli, refried beans, kidney beans, avocado and tomatoes, and the beans are loaded with fibre for healthy digestion.

#3. Avocado Potato Salad

Skip the mayo and make this healthy vegan potato salad. Heart-healthy olive oil and garlic, chilli and cumin make this a spicier alternative to the traditional creamy salad, and the addition of avocado adds healthy monounsaturated fat to the mix.

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#4. Prawn and Avocado Pasta Salad

Speedy and superhealthy, this makes a great light dinner, and you can keep leftovers for lunch the next day. Tiger prawns, avocado, pasta, tomatoes, rocket and basil combine to make this delicious, and it's low in saturated fat too.

#5. Avocado Lime Popsicles

Make these popsicles virgin or add some tequila for a cheeky treat. The avocado makes these deliciously creamy whilst the addition of limes, sugar and tequila give these popsicles the flavour of your favourite cocktail.

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#6. Avocado Gnocchi

Gnocchi is the perfect comfort food, but it can be carb-heavy, leaving you feeling sluggish. What about making it without eggs, gluten and potatoes? This superfood gnocchi is made with chia seeds, quinoa flour and avocado is the perfect alternative! You can serve it with a little olive oil and lemon, and vegetables of your choice or even a healthy tomato sauce.

#7. Tahini Avocado Chickpea Salad

This recipe from Oh She Glows is seriously summery - we can't wait to make it after work today! Protein-packed chickpeas, avocado, tahini, garlic, lettuce/greens (a combo of baby spinach and Romaine lettuce is suggested) and your veggies of choice makes this salad amazingly tasty - the dressing tastes similar to houmous but with more of a kick! Great for lunch or dinner, make sure you make extra as it will taste as good the next day!

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#8. Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos

There's something about Mexican food that's great in the summer time, and vegan Mexican food is a lighter alternative to the meaty dishes we usually enjoy. Butternut squash is packed with vitamin A for healthy skin, whilst black beans are a source of fibre and protein. With brown rice, red pepper, plenty of spices and topped with creamy avocado, these taste great the next day for lunch at work too!

#9. Creamy Avocado Barley Risotto

This is a great dish to make if you're craving creamy comfort food - but don't want to eat something laden with fat. Creamy avocados are a great addition to a risotto, but make sure you enjoy this whilst it's hot, as it doesn't reheat well! You're basically making a delicious avocado sauce which is stirred through the cooked barley to create a 'risotto' - and the results are amazing! If you've tried our avocado pasta sauce recipe, you'll love this.

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A word about avocado prices

If you're a huge fan of avocados, you might want to shop around to make sure you get the best prices. With droughts in California and drug cartel problems rife in Mexico this year - two of the main avocado-producing regions in the world - the price of avocados in the UK is set to rise, so they could become an occasional treat rather than an everyday staple! Many supermarkets sell packs of ripen-at-home avocados which are often better value for money, if you're shopping on a budget, or you may be lucky enough to live close to a market which sells avocados for a reasonable price.


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 16th Jun 2015 at 13:13
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