Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Amazing Avocados!

I never need a reason to chow down on avocados. I find them to absolutely delicious. However, if you are not friends with this fabulous fruit and need a little motivation below are some great reasons to give this green treat a try. I personally like to cut them open and eat them with a spoon but if you need other ways to enjoy an avocado you can use the creamy meat as a sandwich spread, in guacamole, diced in a salad, as a base in smoothies/raw soups, or even in chocolate pudding. YES, I SAID CHOCOLATE PUDDING (the recipe is below).  Here are some great to the reasons to INDULGE!
1. Cancer Prevention:  Avocados have been studied for their benefits in preventing breast, prostate and oral cancers.

2. Peeper Protection: Because avocados contain a high amount of lutein that can help protect your eyes from cataract formation and macular degeneration.

3.  Keeps Your Ticker in Tip Top Shape: One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don't. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

4. Lowers Cholesterol: Studies show that people who increased their intake of avocado started to show a lowering of cholesterol in as little as one week.

5. Vitamin E: Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E for overall good health.

Now, avocado and chocolate??????  YES!  The recipe below make the creamiest, most decadent, chocolate pudding you will ever eat.  Give it a try:

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

  • 2 medium avocados
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • sea salt

  • In a food processor or heavy duty blender – puree avocados, cocoa powder, honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract and orange zest until smooth.  ENJOY!!