Happy National Avocado Day!

It’s National Avocado Day…so we thought we’d share one of our favourite avocado everything recipes and some facts about the avocado that prove that they really are a super food!

Starter

Watermelon, prawn & avocado salad

This super healthy salad makes a great and refreshing starter, avocados and prawns make the perfect combination. This recipe might be quick and easy, but it’s super tasty. 

Ingredients

Method

  1. Put the onion in a medium bowl with the garlic, chilli, lime juice, vinegar, sugar and some seasoning. Leave to marinate for 10 mins.
  2. Add the watermelon, avocado, coriander and prawns, then toss gently to serve.
  3. Enjoy and share the recipe with your friends and family.

Main

Babs’ 10-minute tea… 

 This recipe is very popular amongst the farm house at The CHAOS Farm and it can be made in under half an hour, it’s super tasty and really cheap! We had in the office for lunch and loved it.

 Ingredients

Method

  1. Roll out the puff pastry into a square on the tin and dust with flour, this stops it from sticking to the tray.
  2. Cut up 2 large avocados into small slices and place them onto the pastry.
  3. Cut up half a punnet of cherry tomatoes and place them onto the pastry.
  4. Cut up a block of blue cheese (you can also use cheddar or brie, use amount relevant to your tastes).
  5. Fold corners of the square pastry into the middle.
  6. Put in oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy and share the recipe with your friends and family.

Dessert

Rich Avocado Brownies

A healthier alternative to the original brownie recipe that we all know and love, but it’s still just as tasty. Replacing butter with avocados makes the recipe 10x healthier and they’re not green.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set aside a lightly greased 8 x 8 baking dish.
  2. In a food processor, add the avocado, maple syrup, and sugar. Blend well. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well so that all of the ingredients are blended together. Make sure to scrape the sides for any remnants.
  3. Gently add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa and mix well.
  4. Turn off the processor and remove the blade. Stir in the chocolate chips using a spoon or spatula.
  5. Spread the batter into the pan evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done. Test the middle of the batter with a knife to make sure nothing sticks.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool before cutting into squares.
  7. Enjoy and share the recipe with your friends and family.

Top 5 Avocado facts…

1. The avocado is loaded with heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acid

Did you know that a single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana has just half that? Your brain works best when your potassium level is maintained. Potassium helps send more oxygen to your brain, so when you don’t get enough you’re limiting the amount of oxygen that makes it to your brain and you’ll experience the side effects.

2. You Can Swap Them Into Baked Goods Recipes For Butter

The creamy texture and healthy fats make great baking. You can swap some butter and replace it with avocado for healthier chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and brownies.

3. Avocados are loaded with fibre

Fibre is found in relatively large amounts in an avocado. Fibre can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases. Fibre is also known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, this is very important for the function of our bodies.

4. Eating avocados can lower cholesterol levels

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world. The effects of the avocado on some of the risk factors studied in trials have shown that avocados can reduce total cholesterol levels significantly and increase (the “good”) cholesterol.

5. Avocados are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can protect the eyes

Eyesight is important to all of us and not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption but they are also high in antioxidants themselves! Studies have shown that the nutrients are linked to a drastically reduced risk of cataracts, which are common in the elderly.

Therefore, eating avocados will have benefits for your eye health over the long term.

I hope you enjoyed reading and love avocados as much as me!

Emily Furness