Advocating Avocados

According to What the Fat, a big barrier to the successful implementation of a whole food, low carb healthy fat (LCHF) diet is the fear of fat. The trouble is when you don’t eat enough fat you either end up with a low fat, low carb diet (where it is hard to get enough calories to feel OK), or (most common) you are not fully satiated, so you aren’t satisfied and you might binge on carbs or just stop the idea of LCHF.  Enter avocado on the vegbox stage this week, highly nutritious and a magnificent source of vegetable saturated fat.

Start your day with a paleo-powered baked eggs in avocado breakfast. Then for a quick lunch, check out all these variations on the good ol’ avocado toast? And for a snack, instead of the usual guacamole try making some avocado hummus dip with crispy sea salt pita chips. It packs in the protein from those beans and the home-made chips is a much healthier alternative – you could literally let those  graze on them all day guilt-free. If you’ve got bored kids on school holidays needing to be fed, painting pita bread with olive oil should keep them occupied for a bit.

Whilst we have some respite from the rain hopefully bringing summer back on track for the rest of the season, how about this obsessively good avocado and cucumber salad or a smoked salmon avocado rocket salad?

Californian sushi rolls are the classic home for sushi or go pro and roll up some quinoa avocado cucumber spinach sushi. But if making sushi sounds too much like messy play for some of us then just dump it all in to serve up a tuna avocado brown rice bowl.

You probably don’t usually add avocados to your spaghetti but why not give this avocado and lemon zest spaghetti a go, scattered with capers goodness and topped with a poached egg?

Perhaps somewhat more unusually (but makes perfect sense if you think about it) how about using avocados in dessert? Check out this avocado chocolate mousse video or this hazel-nutty recipe. Or try making some quick and easy dark chocolate avocado truffles, with just a handful of ingredients required – another one for the kids? While most recipes rely on heavy cream or butter, these truffles get their creaminess from a ripe avocado, so would definitely be healthier. If you don’t care for the flavor of avocado, don’t worry– all you’ll taste is the chocolate!

If you still need more ideas for your avocados, check out Guardian’s 10 best avocado recipes or this link.

We are now onto courgette from our very own Perry Court so why not try this courgette rocket and courgette soup with goat’s cheese croutons. And we also have Perry Court cabbage this week so do try this Vietnamese chicken and cabbage salad or this Thai crunchy citrus salad (use orange from the box instead of grapefruit).

For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Charlotte (New), Perry Court
* Cabbage, Perry Court
* Courgettes, Perry Court
* Carrot Bunch, Norfolk
* Cucumber, Perry Court
Wild Rocket, Perry Court – Old Orchard
Spinach, Perry Court
Cauliflower, Lincs

Small Box
Items marked with (*) above
No-Potato Substitute
Sorrel, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Oranges, SA (small only)
Avocados, Spain

 

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