MSB the other morning at Ripponlea Food & Wine made me think about avocado and how delicious it is…
I had my own generous serving of avocado, and then my acquaintance very kindly gave me his share too – not that I am complaining in the slightest – avocado is full of good monounsaturated fats and also really high in dietary fibre (who would have thought?!), and excellent for your cardiovascular health. BUT on this particular morning I was conscious of my energy intake for the day, (ie: oh god how many calories are in that?!) which is not the norm usually but was on my mind for some reason.
So I was reading a journal article about the health benefits of avocado, because I was conscious that while very nutritious, they are pretty energy dense, so just something to be careful of if you’re watching your weight. Half an avocado has around 140 calories, and lets face it, when you go out for brekkie you usually get a bit more than half an avo! However, this thorough review mentioned a number of studies that have shown avocados to be helpful in a weight management diet plan. (Note: not as an additional fat source but as a replacement for something like margarine and oil) So swap your buttered toast for avocado on toast and happy days!
I guess it all balances out in the end, since avos are sitting pretty at $3.5 each these days I haven’t actually bought one in a looong time, so I’m happy to splurge when I’m out for brekkie! They will happily remain on my plate 🙂
A few of my favourite [avocado] things:
Avocado on toast with lemon and cracked pepper
Slice in half and scoop out the seed, pour in some balsamic vinegar and eat as is!
Avocado Chocolate Mousse – try it!!
Avocado and vegemite on toast with a poached egg
And then there is the momentous occasion when you find out you’ve picked the PERFECT AVOCADO. Like this one.
It’s always a gamble. You stand in Safeway giving each one a little squeeze. get through the tray, go back a second time, finally pick one. think about it a bit more. put it in your basket. get home, hold your breath and slice it in half. I’ve had a run of bad luck recently with mine being black on the inside 😦 But when you get it right it makes the tension alllll worth it.
And just in case you didn’t believe me, avocado on toast has literally taken the breakfast world by storm. The Urbanlist has even got a Top 10 ranking! Check it out.