Adding Avos Can Make Any Meal Infinitely Better

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avosWhen one of the highlights of your day is what you are going to eat next, remember to keep it as healthy as possible by adding an avo for some extra nutrition. Perfect your meals at home, and even your take-aways, by topping them off with thick slices of avo…mmmm!

Avocados Are Rich In Nutrients

Avocados are a source of potassium, are high in copper, and are a source of fibre and antioxidant nutrients such as lycopene and beta-carotene. Together these powerful food components can help maintain and regulate immune function. The high monounsaturated fat content in avocados may also help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease (when used to replace saturated and trans fats).

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There’s Nothing An Avo Can’t Go With

Yes, guacamole, salads, pastas, burgers and pizza should never be served without crescents of fresh, creamy avocado. It’s hard to think of another fruit as versatile as an avocado when it comes to snacking and mealtimes morning, noon and night. Mashed, diced, sliced or puréed, avos are always a delight, with a generous ability to make all other ingredients taste that much better!

The South African avocado season is currently in full swing with dark-skinned (Hass-type) and green-skinned avocados on supermarket shelves everywhere. So don’t hold back, load your trolley and allow your inner chef unrestricted kitchen privileges.

South Africa: Where Avos Grow Nearly All Year-long

South Africans are really lucky to have avocados available almost all year round, thanks to our farmers growing both green-skinned and dark-skinned avos. That means a nearly year-long supply of these two equally delectable (slightly addictive!) fruits. Buttery, creamy green-skinned avo varieties include Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton, and are available from March until October. Hass, Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass are all rich, nutty dark-skinned avos that are available from March until November.

The Different Types of Avos

While a green-skinned avocado remains green when ripe, the dark-skinned Hass-type avos turn purple-black when ready to eat. Although avocados may vary in colour, shape and size, they are all extremely beneficial and versatile.

When it comes to getting creative in the kitchen, dark-skinned and green-skinned avos shine equally brightly, as there’s no end to their uses in snacks, light meals, starters, main meals, desserts, bakes and even sweet treats.

So go on, satisfy your hunger and add some delicious, versatile and nutritious South African avos to your meal today. Click for avo breakfast recipe inspo.

Meal in a bowl – Avocado, Quinoa and Chickpea Warm Salad

avosPreparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
4 ripe avos, peeled and halved
1 cup quinoa
1 x 410g tin chickpeas, drained
½ cup mixed sprouts
Flat leaf parsley or micro herbs to serve
Black sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method
Cook the quinoa by placing 1 cup quinoa in a pot with 2 cups water, bring to the boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 12 minutes until water is evaporated. Fluff with a fork and the grains should be swollen and glassy.

Cut 4 of the avocado halves into cubes, keeping the other 4 halves for serving.

Toss all the ingredients together, season with sea salt and black pepper.

Serve warm garnished with parsley or micro herbs and half an avo on each bowl. Serve with lemon wedges and avocado oil.

Click here for more delish avo recipe inspiration.

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