I REALLY, REALLY love avos. They are so rich and yummy, and if finances allowed it, I would eat about 2 a day.
A few interesting things about Avocados:
- They are also known as alligator pears (what a funky name!)
- Brazillians mix avocado with ice-cream to make a popular dessert.
- Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink
If you are not eating avos as much as I do, here is why you should:
- It contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium.
- Avocado is high in fat content, but it is mostly the monounsaturated fat which is a healthy fat variety. (Great for heart health)
- The lower cholesterol! Avocados are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
- The potassium in avocado help regulate your blood pressure levels.
- They have the highest fibre content of any fruit!
As you may remember, I did a blogpost about the yummy health benefits of dark chocolate. Here is a recipe that combines the two to make a super-healthy (yes, I said HEALTHY!) chocolate mousse.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
354ml good quality dark chocolate, chopped
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
1 large, ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
3/4 cup light brown sugar
6 egg whites
Melt the chocolate with the cinnamon and chili powder in a double boiler over hot water and set aside. Purée the avocado and brown sugar in a food processor until smooth. With the machine running, pour in the chocolate mixture. Using a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites. Pour the mousse into 6 small serving bowls or wine glasses and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or covered overnight.