Why we love avos (and you should too)

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Why we love avos (and you should too)

Trying to eat more seasonally? Luckily, if you are an avocado fan, you can enjoy this rich and creamy fruit almost all year round! Here’s a breakdown of why we can’t get enough of green-skinned avocados and dark-skinned Hass-type avocados.

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Green and dark-skinned avocados are available in South Africa almost all year round and the good news is that whichever colour you choose, they’re all equally delicious and nutritious!

Remember that green-skinned avos remain green when ripe, while the dark-skinned avos turn purple-black when ready to eat – so please don’t squeeze! Even though avocados may vary in colour, shape and size, they are all a source of nutrients and can be included in a healthy eating plan.

Avocados are one of the most versatile fruits around. It’s not hard to see why – they can be mashed, diced, sliced and puréed for everything from guacamole to salads, pizza toppings, sandwich and wrap fillings, soups, snacks and dips, and even ice cream.

They’re great for breakfast, lunch, supper and dessert, as well as in-between snacks for when you’re on the move. And with zero preparation time involved, they’re ultra-convenient, quick, and easy to prepare no matter what dish you’re making. It really couldn’t be easier!

So, no matter what you’re planning for your next meal always add an avo; whether it’s on the side, on top or inside – green-skinned or dark-skinned – for double the deliciousness!

The best thing about avos is that they are all:

  • High in energy
  • High in heart-healthy fats
  • High in vitamin K
  • High in biotin
  • Cholesterol free
  • Sodium free
  • A source of fibre

Avocados can form part of a successful energy-controlled diet for weight management. The healthy monounsaturated fats found in avocados give a feeling of fullness, which reduces the temptation to overeat or binge on less healthy foods.

Now that you have lowdown on avocados, here’s what to make:

Avocado pastry tart

Get the recipe for avocado pastry tart here.

For further information and avo recipes, visit www.avocado.co.za, like us on Facebook @iloveavocadoSA and follow us on Instagram @iloveavossa.Avo south africa logo

Photographs: South African Avocado Growers’ Association, TASTE

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