August 3rd, 2016
Given the many health benefits of avocados it’s no wonder this rich, luxurious fruit is popular with mommies during pregnancy, breastfeeding and after. Not only are avocados packed with vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and antioxidants, they are also an excellent source of healthy fats and folic acid. Try these healthy avocado at home and experience the goodness of this versatile fruit for yourself!
Avocado Shiitake Spring Rolls
These fresh spring rolls are fun to make and a nutritious appetiser, snack or light lunch. This vegetarian version can be adapted to include ingredients like shrimp and the veggies can be swapped out or added as you like.
- 6 rice paper wrappers
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
- ¾ cup cooked rice noodles
- ⅓ cup raw cashew pieces
- 6 tablespoons peanut sauce (bought or homemade)
- 6 large shiitake mushroom slices
- ½ orange bell pepper, sliced into short, thin strips
- Prep avocado, mushroom, and bell pepper.
- In small bowl, combine 6 tablespoons peanut sauce with rice noodles and cashew pieces.
- Before building rolls hydrate the rice paper by holding the wrapper under cool running water to get both sides wet. Remove from water and while still firm place wrapper on a large plate and begin filling as it will soften as it sits but not too soft that it becomes sticky or rips.
- To build the rolls place 3 slices avocado in middle of rice paper then top with 2 tablespoons sauced rice noodles, one slice shiitake and 4-5 slices bell pepper.
- To roll, fold short sides over, turn and fold one long side over and roll while tucking until the wrapper is completely enclosed.
Adapted from spabettie, view original recipe here
Baked Egg in Avocado
Try this simple delicious recipe for a classic breakfast that’s jam-packed with protein and healthy fats to get your day started right.
- 1 avocado
- 2 eggs
- Salt & pepper
- Seasoning (optional)
- Cut avocado in half, remove pit. If the cavity is small you can scoop out sound avocado to make space for the egg.
- Crack eggs into a bowl. Carefully use a spoon to place yolk and some egg white into the avocado’s hole. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, or seasoning of your choice.
- Bake in oven on 425F (220C) for 13-15 minutes.
Adapted from bravoforpaleo, view original recipe here
Avocado Deviled Eggs
Invite your kids into the kitchen to make these deviled eggs with you! A healthy snack or appetiser that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
- 1 dozen hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pit removed
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro
- Chilis or spices of your choice
- After eggs and hard boiled, cooled, and shells removed, cut them in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl. Leave whites aside on a serving platter.
- In the mixing bowl with the yolks add yogurt, avocados, lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro and any additional chilli or spices to taste. Blend until smooth (using a blender will make this easier).
- Spoon the avocado-egg mixture into the egg whites where the yolks used to be.
- Enjoy as an appetizer or snack any time of day!
Adapted from 365daysofcrockpot, view original recipe here
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Pudding isn’t just for kids, we know you mommies love it too. This recipe lets you indulge while still reaping all the nutritious benefits avocados have to offer.
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup regular or light coconut milk
- 4 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 3 tsp honey
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Cut avocados in half, remove pits and scoop out into a food processor. Blend until creamy.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend again until combined and pureed, use a scraper to scrape down the sides when necessary.
- Taste and season to desired sweetness. Blend for another 1-2 minutes until completely creamy.
- Serve with toppings of your choice, such as berries, fresh whipped cream, and cocoa nibs.
- This can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 24 hours, or divide the recipe in half for smaller servings.
Adapted from howsweeteats, view original recipe here
Chocolate Banana Avocado Milkshake
Who knew milkshakes could be healthy?! Well, “healthy” per say might be a stretch, but this milkshake is packed with protein and natural sweeteners so you can enjoy it any time guilt-free!
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 Tbsp nut butter
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth.
- Add more honey or sweeteners to taste if desired.
Adapted from meaningfuleats, view original recipe here