Avocado is popular these days – go to any cafe for brunch and you’ll find it featuring on the menu in all sorts of ways. Many people associate avocado with toast: spread on a piece of sourdough and topped with poached eggs or roasted tomatoes. It’s certainly a tasty classic. However there are lots of delicious but healthy avocado recipes out there so it’s worth getting a bit experimental with this wonder food. Here are three great ways to eat avocado including some healthy avocado snacks that act as a great replacement for foods high in saturated fat, making them a useful alternative for those looking to reduce their (bad) cholesterol.
Our top three avocado recipes:
1. Avocado Salad: A new twist on the classic Waldorf
One of the best healthy meals with avocado is this simple salad. Lots of people enjoy a Waldorf, but by swapping out the traditional creamy dressing (often high in saturated fat) with an avocado alternative not only are you making it tastier, but healthier too. For anyone interested in heart health, have a look at our article on avocado cholesterol nutrition facts and get inspired to cook some new avocado recipes like this one:
For the salad chop up half a Romaine lettuce, five stalks of celery, one crisp eating apple and a handful of grapes (optional). Mix together in a large bowl and set aside. Now prepare the avocado salad dressing. Take one large, very ripe avocado and scoop it out into a blender, add half a cup of natural (sugar free) yogurt, three teaspoons of lemon juice, a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and tarragon to taste. Blend until smooth, tasting as you go and adding more yogurt/olive oil as required. When finished, use as a tasty dressing to your salad and serve with toasted flatbreads.
2. Avocado and Berry Smoothie
Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe that’s good on the run? Why not make an avocado and berry smoothie. Simply take half an avocado and place in the blender with a handful of berries of your choice. Add 200ml of milk – opt for rice, almond or soya if you prefer – then blend until smooth. Frozen berries are great to use as you can keep them in the freezer and just grab whenever you’re ready! This smoothie makes a great alternative to breakfast drinks high in saturated fats such as creamy coffees, as well as including healthy berries to kickstart your day.
3. Avocado Chocolate Mousse
If you’re looking for healthy avocado recipes, try swapping traditional chocolate mousse with its high sugar and saturated fat content for an avocado version. This is one of the tastiest ways to eat avocado. Simply place in a blender one very ripe avocado, four tablespoons of cocoa powder, 200ml of milk (why not try Flora ProActiv milk?), one teaspoon of vanilla essence and a pinch of salt. For those who like their mousse a little sweet add in a sweetener of your choice such as maple or agave syrup. Now simply blend until completely smooth and serve immediately!
These are some new ways to try avocado. It really is a versatile fruit and once you start trying new avocado recipes there’s no end to the smoothies, salads, sandwiches and even desserts that are possible. Remember avocado is high in fat and therefore calories so those following a calorie controlled diet should be careful about how much they consume. It’s really useful benefit is as a source of unsaturated fat so can be a great option to replace traditional saturated fat foods like butter and cream for those trying to reduce their (bad) cholesterol. If that’s you and you’d appreciate a bit more support why not download our Cholesterol Lowering Starter Kit to get you going!