Avocadoes are a complete nutritional package. They provide all 18 essential amino acids forming a complete protein. They provide the healthy fat that your body needs and boost levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol). They create satiation, making us feel full and satisfied. Avocadoes are a great source of fibre and are among the "Clean 15" fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticide residues.
Avocadoes are an excellent source of nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, among those are carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids only with red and orange produce, avocadoes are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient. Avocadoes, offer a range of carotenoids including not only the better known ones such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also lesser known varieties, all of which offer benefits to your body. Every time you consume foods rich in carotenoids, you deliver high quality vitamin A to your body which is so important to enhancing the function of the immune system and promoting healthy function of the reproductive system.
Avocadoes are a nutrient dense, super food to include as a regular part of your diet. There are so many ways to eat avocadoes: eat a half with a spoon and a little hot sauce, add them to your salad or smoothie, make a guacamole to dip veggies into or try this awesome pudding.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 2 ripe avocado, peel and seed removed
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup cocoa or raw cacao (more or less depending on taste)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup honey (more or less depending on taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor or high power blend and blend until smooth. This can also be mashed together with a fork and a little elbow grease. This makes about 4 servings. Leftovers can be put into an ice cube tray, frozen and enjoyed fudgesicle style with a spoon! (My favourite)