Many moons ago when I was the queen of low fat food, avocados were totally off the menu!
It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, in fact I loved them, I just thought it was best to avoid the high fat, high caloric content of an avocado, in my eyes they were a fatty food.
Now scientists are finally debunking that long held belief with evidence that this antioxidant rich fruit enhances our heart health, lowers cholesterol and keeps our skin in beautiful condition.
Avocados are considered one of natures most effective moisturizers and have been shown to increase collagen production as well as reduce the size and appearance of wrinkles. The healthy fat in avocado moisturizes and repairs distressed skin and protects it from future damage.
The oil from the avocado is the closest to the human body’s natural skin oil.
And that’s just the beginning…….
♥ Avocados contain 18 amino acids required to form the complete protein that is used more efficiently by the body than the proteins found in meat .
♥ They contain 35% more potassium than a banana does. Potassium is important because it regulates blood pressure.
♥ The healthy fats found in avocados raise cholesterol (HDL) while lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides by 20%.
♥ Avocados contain more natural fibre than any other fruit, and its high fibre content aids digestion and total body absorption on nutrients.
♥ They contain lutein which is necessary to protect you from age related eye degeneration
♥ Avocados are full of vitamins and minerals that are vital for total body health.
Beta-carotene, lutein, vitamins B6, C, E and K, selenium, zinc, folate, potassium, gluthione and omega 3 fatty acids. Can you believe these are just a few of the nutrients found in a single avocado!
And these days they are not just used for guacamole……..
There seems to be a huge trend for using avocados in baking.
It may seem like a bit of a strange concept to some people, but when its done properly it definitely works, especially in raw deserts.
There are some incredible innovative raw chefs at the moment creating amazing desserts with avocados and I’m massively inspired.
I’m still in the process of perfecting some recipes with avocados, but here is a super simple way to make a healthy chocolate mousse. Its creamy and decadent and ready in less than five minutes.
Ingredients (serves two)
♥ 2 ripe bananas
♥ 1/2 ripe avocado
♥ 30 grams of cacao or coco powder
♥ 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup
♥ 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
♥ 1/2 tablespoon of water
Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds till it forms a nice creamy consistency.
I like to put mine in the fridge for about twenty minutes to set. Its also quite nice to top it with berries or nuts. You can double up on ingredients to make more.
This dessert is a simple way to get your healthy fats for the day to aid brain function and maintain a healthy weight. The cacao also helps with weight loss, protects the body against environmental toxins, is high in magnesium and iron and when combined with the fat in avocado it alleviates headaches, anxiety, depression and boosts brain function and clarity.
What more could you want from a desert!
Life is too short to not eat well ♥
Have a wonderful week