Avocado Craze: Ripe and Ready

Thanks to Instagram and food geniuses, this mighty exotic fruit is taking back the industry by storm. The avocado craze shows no signs of slowing down. We are finally waking up to the creamy, nutty taste of a well ripped avocado. So today we want to share some useful tips about this mighty avocado.

So first let’s talk about how to buy & store:

Look for an avocado that feels heavy for its size and that has not been bumped or bruised (Peruvian hass avocados have rough skins and a dark green colour that is almost black when ripe). Hold it in the palm of your hand and squeeze it gently. If it yields just a little, it’s ready to eat. If you’re still not sure, flick the stem with your finger and it should come off easily. Store avocados at room temperature or in a paper bag to help ripen, and check them daily. For quicker ripening, place in a paper bag of rice. Never refrigerate.

Benefits of Avacado:

Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate (sugar), while avocado is high in healthy fats. Don’t worry, Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat. This nutritionally dense helps you to stay full for longer, create nutritious meals and drinks.

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving (3):

Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.

Folate: 20% of the RDA.

Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.

Potassium: 14% of the RDA.

Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.

Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.

Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.

Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

Weight loss and avocado:

The people eating the avocado felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours (35). If this holds true in the long-term, then including avocados in your diet could help you naturally eat fewer calories and have an easier time sticking to a healthy diet. Avocados are also high in fiber, and very low in carbs, two attributes that should also help promote weight loss, at least in the context of a healthy, real food based diet.

So functional

Not only are avocados healthy, they’re also incredibly delicious and go with all sorts of foods.You can add them to salads and various sorts of recipes, or you can simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain.

This is our favourite smoothie recipe

Ingredients: 1 or 2 scoops of VENUS-PRO Vanilla Ice cream protein, half a avocado, half a frozen banana & pinch of cinnamon powder.

Method: Blend everything with 400ml of water or coconut milk and enjoy. This will keep you full for longer and help you to suppress sugary cravings.

Another great recipe: Avacado-on-toast


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