When I was little, one of my uncles introduced me to avocados and at that stage I hated them. I thought they were bland and boring.
I mean, when something is called a pear a child expects it to be sweet like the other pear we are most familiar with. My perceptions changed as I became older and explored different ways of incorporating avocados in my dishes and understood the nutritional benefits of the fruit.
Right now the avocados are in season and I would like to share some reasons why they are good for you:
- Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
- They are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
- Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado.
- Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health
They don’t have to be boring, one can prepare them in different ways such as:
- In a dip which you can serve with potato wedges.
- As a salad – Remember having an avocado in your salad will facilitate the absorption of other minerals from the other components such as tomatoes etc.
- In a sandwich or in a tramezzini
- In a wrap
- Avocados can be used to make a salsa
- You can also use avocados to replace the fat in your baking.
Luckily, you can get them anywhere. From retail stores to street vendors. There’s no excuse for not incorporating avocados into your diet. I’m presenting you with a soup recipe to give you a way to kill three birds with one stone i.e. Fill up, warm up and eat healthy. Let us say “YES” to healthy eating!
Warm Avocado Soup Recipe
500ml vegetable/chicken/beef stock
250ml sour milk / 250ml plain yoghurt
5ml dried / parsley (use fresh one if you have)
salt and black pepper to taste
- Heat the stock in a saucepan until hot.
- While the stock is getting warmed up, cut avocados, remove seed, and add into a blender.
- Add sour cream or plain yoghurt into the blender and mix until smooth.
- Add the pureed avocado and sour milk mixture into the saucepan and blend with the stock.
- Add parsley and seasoning.
- Serve warm.