The lowdown on avocadoes
Avocadoes get some mixed reviews. On the one hand, they are hailed a superfood, on the other they are renowned for being full of (good) fats. But having a daily slice of the green fruit is a very good idea. We'll break it down for you here.
Firstly, every diet needs a certain amount of fat. Not saturated fat found in takeaways and pizza, but good, natural fat that boosts heart health and gives you energy. Therefore, it's misguided to give avocadoes a wide berth because you're worried you'll pile on the pounds. We're not saying you should go overboard, but one a day is perfectly OK and healthy.
Avocadoes are also packed full of nutrients. There are 14 minerals, protein with 18 essential amino acids and fibre in those green fruits, plus omega 3 and vitamins C, E, B and K, among others. They will also keep you fuller for longer, staving off cravings for snacks.
Unlike many other superfoods, avocadoes are also very easy to incorporate into your diet. They go with so many other parts of your meal and are a great way to boost your five-a-day count.
So how can you start making the one avocado a day dream a reality? If you have time for a big breakfast, start here. It's great on wholemeal toast with scrambled eggs and tomatoes, gearing you up for the day ahead.
If you prefer to pack it into your lunch, try a healthy salad. Poached salmon works brilliantly with avocado, so just add some lettuce, tomato and beans and drizzle over a light dressing.
Alternatively, have it with chicken for an evening meal. This works in plenty of forms, so get creative!
One tip: buy avocado fresh every couple of days and don't cut into it before you intend to use it, as it tends to go brown very quickly.