It’s easy eating green, especially when your green of choice is an avocado. Whether whizzed in a smoothie, mashed to make a lemon tea cake or sliced and added to cheesy quesadillas, avos bring their unique blend of good fats and nutrients. Find out how eating avocados makes you happy.
Hass Vs Shepard
You’ve probably noticed that Shepard avocados – the smoother, green-skinned avocado – are around at the moment. They’ll be in supermarkets and green grocers until about May. But don’t worry, the trusty Hass avocado will be rocking around to see you through winter. Both varieties of avocado have the same nutritional content so choose whatever’s ripe and ready.
Here’s a quick guide on how to tell when your avocado is ready to eat.
What are the benefits of eating avocado?
According to Australian Avocados, Avocados are rich in healthy, good fats. They are the only fruit, apart from olives, to contain monounsaturated fats.
Healthy fats help you absorb essential fat-soluble nutrients (such as vitamin E), reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, help maintain heart health, promote healthy skin and are great for the waistline.
In fact, research has found that people who eat avocado weigh less, have a lower BMI and a smaller waist than people who avoided the delicious fruit.5
How can eating avocados make you happy?
Avocados contain a brain-loving bundle of nutrients that help put you in a good mood, boost your energy levels and fight fatigue – talk about the ultimate food to kickstart your day!
It’s all down to the combination of niacin, folate, potassium, vitamin B5 and C that help your brain and nervous system perform at its best.
Here are some happy meals (aka avocado recipes) to boost your mood
Asian Chick-ado Patties
Grilled Avocados Two Ways
*DISCLAIMER: Australian Avocados is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on Australian Avocados, visit http://avocado.org.au