Are you head over heels for avocado? We’re talking about those who enjoy it with their eggs, salads, sandwiches and even in a green smoothie. Well, you’re going to love this homemade avocado ice cream which is packed with good fat for once!
200g caster sugar
300ml thick cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine the four avocados and lime juice into a food processor. Mix until you have a smooth puree.
- In another bowl, combine the sugar and cream with an electric mixer. Combine all of the ingredients together, then add the vanilla extract.
- Churn in an ice cream maker, then transfer into a small container. Freeze the mixture for up to 4 hours, or overnight.
Image and Recipe via Sweetest Kitchen
Nothing says “I love you” more than going that extra mile, so in the lead up to Mother’s Day this Sunday, we’re providing you with some of the most delicious recipes to spoil hers truly with.
This cafe style poached eggs, avocado and feta smash is the ultimate breakfast in bed recipe. Packed full of healthy fats and protein, it’s guilt-free, simple to whip up and tastes so delicious you’d mistake it for being delivered from the menu of your favourite eating spot.
1 large ripe avocado
1 tbsp lemon juice
60g crumbled feta cheese, goat or cow milk
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped dill
100g cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 thick slices sourdough bread
1. To make the smash, place avocado halves in a bowl and fork through to create a rustic mash.
2. Add lemon juice, crumbled feta, chopped parsley, dill and chopped cherry tomato. Mix well.
3. For the poached eggs, bring a medium shallow saucepan of water and vinegar to the boil. Break egg into a small dish.
4. Reduce the heat and bring the water to a simmer. Carefully slide in the egg.
5. Repeat this process with remaining eggs.
6. Allow 3-4 minutes for poached eggs with firm whites and soft runny yolks. Cook longer for a firmer egg.
7. Remove with a slotted spoon, rest on a paper towel to absorb any excess water.
8. To serve, smear smash on toasted sourdough and top with two poached eggs.
Recipe courtesy of Australian Eggs
If you don’t have time to make yourself a delicious dinner, try one of our quick wraps instead. They require less than 5 minutes of your evening, and taste amazing!
This week we’re featuring prawn and avocado (of course), with red capsicum and capers inside of a delicious wholemeal wrap.
200g freshly peeled prawns
1/2 red capsicum
1 cucumber (diced)
1 tomato (diced)
1 tsp capers
Handful of baby spinach and rocket
4 wholemeal wraps
- Lightly warm up the wraps over a pan, and set aside.
- Combine the prawn meat, capsicum, cucumber, tomato and avocado into a bowl.
- Transfer the mixture onto the centre of the wrap, then top with capers, baby spinach and rocket. Fold each wrap, and use a toothpick to keep them secure.
Image via Ocado
Who can resist a delicious avocado? They make eggs taste better, they give any type of bread some extra life, and can be mashed on top of almost every other meal.
If you haven’t figured out the art of avocado, then you’re in the right place. Below are ten meals that just wouldn’t quite be the same without it.
Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? If you haven’t tried a good guacamole then you need to follow our recipe, right now! It should have a light, salty taste, and a few drops of lime juice are non-negotiable.
Add a few pieces of avocado into your usual salad for some texture and flavour. Step outside the box and mix sweet and savoury tastes by adding some sliced strawberries and baby spinach amongst the other vegetables.
That standard fish taco will never taste the same, ever again. Equal parts of avocado, cilantro, and lime will get your taste buds really going!
Chop some avocado and pineapple cubes over a chicken breast or thigh for an ultimate taste sensation.
Well, we did say that avocado is perfect with almost every single dish. Not only is this dish nothing without a generous topping of black cracked pepper and tomato, but it tastes incredible. A bit of feta cheese never hurt..
Mash it, blend it, roast it, bake it – there’s nothing you can’t do with avocado! For your daily dose of greens, add a few cubes into your daily smoothie for a thicker texture.
Replace the egg and oil for an avocado which will make the fluffiest batter ever!
For a creamy curry, just add avocado! Not only does it help to create a thicker consistency, but you can also use ripened avocados which won’t affect the flavour!
Whether you liked them poached, scrambled, boiled or fried, eggs and avocados are our one and only OTP. Add a bit of lemon juice and cracked pepper for a delicious meal at any time of the day.
Images via Two Peas and Their Pod, The Black Peppercorn, Host The Toast, Laura Vitale, Eat Yourself Skinny, Wiki Kitchen, Aida Mollenkamp, Full Measure of Happiness
Who can deny the delicious taste of avocado early in the morning? Certainly not us! Avocado toast is one of the easiest things you can enjoy for breakfast, especially with a freshly squeezed orange juice on the side. Create our favourite recipe with some sweet cherry tomatoes for extra flavour.
1 tsp abodo
Juice of 1/4 lime
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (quartered)
1/4 red onion (finely chopped)
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
6 sourdough bread slices
- Line a tray with baking paper, and broil bread slices until golden on each side. Let the toast to cool.
- Mash the avocado, add the abodo, lime and mix well.
- In a different bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, parsley, salt and olive oil.
- Spread the avocado all over the the toast, and top off with tomato, red onion, parsley and olive oil.
- Season with salt or pepper.
Image and Recipe by Food, Wine, Thyme
Take advantage of the summer to create quick and easy dinner rolls for the entire family. All you really need is a handful of avocados, mixed with some of your favourite vegetables or sweet fruits for a delicious filling.
4 tbsp smooth almond butter
2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp soy sauce
2 medium ripe avocados (peeled, pitted, sliced)
3/4 cup pistachio nuts (chopped)
1 tsp hazelnut oil
Handful of baby spinach
15 rice paper wrappers
3 medium peaches (pitted and sliced)
1 cup mixed fresh basil and mint leaves
- Create the sauce by whisking together the almond butter, tamarind paste, maple syrup, ginger, and soy sauce until you have a smooth consistency.
- For the wraps, place the avocado slices into a dish, and squeeze the lime juice over. Then, mix the pistachios with hazelnut oil and a pinch of sea salt.
- Combine the spinach leaves with the rest of the hazelnut oil, and toss gently.
- Fill a flat dish with warm water and gently soak the rice paper one at a time. Place 1-2 peach slices in the middle of each wrapper, then 2-3 avocado slices, a few spinach, basil, and mint leaves, then with a spoonful of pistachios.
- If you’re having some trouble rolling up the paper, fold at the bottom then wrap on each side firmly.
Images and Recipe via Katie At The Kitchen Door
Want to improve your skin one avocado at a time? Not only is avocado good for our health, but it also serves as a great ingredient in relation to skincare. You can choose to purchase avocado oil or even butter, but it works just as well if you cut-up a fresh avocado and use the product on your hair, skin and nails.
Below are just a few ways this fruit can revolutionise your skincare regime, and change the condition of damaged hair and skin. As if we needed another reason to love avocado…
If you’re into creating natural skin masks, then you should definitely throw in some avocado slices every once in a whole. Not only does it work well for wrinkles and age spots, but it can help to hydrate even rough skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Okay, now we’ve definitely heard it all! Did you know that you can use avocado in lieu of sunscreen? Replace your regular sunscreen lotion with avocado butter to protect your skin from the suns harmful rays. You can also apply it on skin which has been burnt from the sun!
Add a few pieces of avocado into your daily cleanser for clearer skin. Avocado penetrates the skin to carefully remove any layers of dirt and other impurities, while also increasing the circulation of blood flow in the face and body. Massage the product in circles around your cheeks for a visibly brighter skin tone.
Do you have an incoming pimple which is making it’s way to the surface of your skin? Instead of using a spot treatment, apply a tiny bit of avocado onto the problem area, and leave on for 1-2 hours. It will also significantly diminish the appearance of scarring if used on a regular basis.
The consistency of avocado is creamy and heavy which makes it perfect to use as a conditioner. Massage the product deep into your roots, and leave for 5-10 minutes until washing out with lukewarm water.
Why shell out all that money on heat protectants that don’t entirely do their job? You can always apply a pea-sized amount of avocado butter on the ends of your hair before blow-drying, straightening, or even curling the locks!
Does anyone suffer from an extremely dry scalp which just gets worse every time you wash it? Apply a small layer of avocado butter (or fresh avocado) on your scalp and massage well. The avocado will stimulate hair follicles and improve the blood circulation on your scalp – no more dry patches!
How else would you use avocado in your beauty regime?
Image via Kim Kardashian
Who doesn’t love a bit (or a lot) of avocado? Try these amazing chicken avocado patties which are perfect for lunch or even dinner. All you need to do is throw in a few chunks of avocado into the burger right before grilling. Did we mention you can also substitute the chicken for turkey or even fish?
1 pound ground chicken
1 large ripe avocado (cut into chunks)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 chopped clove of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the garlic and bread crumbs together in a food processor, then blend the mixture into the ground chicken.
- Chop the avocado into chunks and add them to the mixture without flattening the shape. Form 4-5 patties and grill until well done.
Images and Recipe via Laughing Spatula
Try this fresh and delicious guacamole recipe the next time you’re hosting a small get together, or simply in the mood for a healthy snack. This classic dip is best served with wholemeal tortilla chips and a cheeky margarita (or two).
1 large ripe tomato
3 avocados (ripe)
1 large lime (juice)
1 small red onion
1 chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
- Use a large knife to pulverise the tomato to a pulp on a board, then tip into a bowl. Halve and stone the avocados (saving a stone) and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into the bowl with the tomato.
- Tip all the other ingredients into the bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Use a whisk to roughly mash everything together. If not serving straight away, sit a stone in the guacamole (this helps to stop it going brown), cover with cling film and chill until needed.
- Scatter with the coriander, if using, then serve with tortilla chips or spicy wedges and sour cream.
Images and Recipe via BBC Good Food
Unsurprisingly, your diet can have a serious impact on your sex life. Not only is a healthy sex life dependent on a healthy body and mind, sometimes, the key to unlocking your libido, is in your stomach! While some claim foods like figs and bananas are aphrodisiacs because of their genital-like appearance, many are quick to dismiss this as a myth. The real libido-enhancing properties lie in the ingredients, vitamins and minerals of these foods. If you’re looking to spice up your sex life, add these to the menu of your next date night.
Chili peppers have an ingredient called “capsaicin”, which increases blood flow and endorphins that will get you give you a natural high – and get you in the mood.
The Aztecs recognised the libido enhancing capacity of avocado long ago, calling it “ahuacatl” – or testicle! They are high in potassium and vitamin E – both good for releasing hormones, and just enhancing your general health.
Oysters may be a cliché now but for a good reason! They heighten testosterone which enhances your libido. They are also high in zinc which is vital for the healthy function of male sex organs.
4. Red wine
Red wine is a relaxant and also aids circulation. Blood flow and healthy circulation is key for good sex, as is a clear mind and low stress levels. Mind you, this doesn’t mean you should be drinking the whole bottle. Keep your consumption to a glass or two to give you that little kick.
People debate the ability of chocolate to enhance your sex drive. Of course, the first rule is that it needs to be rich in cocoa – which means, the darker the chocolate – the better! Cocoa contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which stimulate endorphins and feelings of happiness, and happiness is the best medicine for your sex drive.
Want to grow longer hair naturally without resorting to supplements and hair extensions? Good food will make your hair grow faster – so make sure to constantly stock-up on fruits, vegetables, lean meat and even fish. Hair is made of protein, so changing your diet is a good start in order to promote keratin production.
A strong source of protein, vitamin D and essential omega-3 fatty acids which work together to promote a healthy scalp and avoid dryness or rough patches. If you simply don’t like the taste of salmon, there are always vitamins which are quick and easy to take as well.
Not only are eggs packed with wonderful omega-3 fatty acids which we earlier mentioned, but also contain something called biotin (vitamin B-7). This is an essential nutrient which can benefit hair, skin and even nails. Many people often choose to take biotin in supplement form which promotes rapid hair growth. Other foods which contain biotin include cauliflower, cucumber and brewer’s yeast.
Packed with vitamin A and beta carotene which has been proven to maintain a healthy scalp and also promote hair growth. There are simple ways to incorporate sweet potato into your diet, some of which include soups, chips, and even in your Sunday roast.
Another healthy snack which has high levels of biotin are almonds, which will also clear your skin, improve the appearance of your hair and comprise nearly 1/3 of your daily requirement. Enjoy just a handful of almonds a day, then sit back and watch your hair grow!
Avocados have been used for years as a classic treatment which leaves hair looking and feeling soft and healthy. Combine equal parts of avocado and sour cream, then apply to hair scalp and hair to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Image via Wonderly
For a delicious breakfast meal on-the-go, or simply a snack to get you through 3:30itis, a smoothie is always a great choice if you’re watching your weight. Packed with essential fats and alkaline-rich ingredients, you can easily make this quick and easy smoothie in less than 3 minutes!
1 ripe avocado
1 cup light unsweetened coconut milk
1 frozen banana, chopped
3-4 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice
- Chop up the banana into thin slices, since this will make it easier to blend and won’t clog up the blades.
- Combine all the ingredients and use the smoothie setting on your blender. Add a few ice cubes to keep the drink cool and refreshing.
- If your banana is already quite sweet, then it isn’t crucial to add the agave syrup. Enjoy cold.
Images and Recipe via Family Fresh Cooking
Not only will a vitamin E deficiency leave you feeling tired and lethargic, but it can also lead to poor health and a variety of illnesses. While it is difficult to eat your fruits, vegetables and everything else in between, remember to sneak a few of these foods into your diet in order to look and feel your best. Eating a variety of foods high in vitamin E helps to protect the body against heart disease, poor skin, eye damage and even cancer.
This leafy green is packed with calcium, folate and vitamin E to keep your body looking and feeling it’s best. Add some fresh spinach to a salad or sandwich if you want to disguise its taste.
Raw almonds are filled with 7.4 milligrams of vitamin E, which only means you need a small handful each day. Avoid almonds which are roasted since they are only packed with added sugar and preservatives.
Pumpkin and sesame seeds boast high volumes of vitamin E, and even just 1/4 cup will give you about 80% of the recommended daily intake. Sprinkle over your morning breakfast for an extra bit of texture and flavour.
What isn’t kale good for? Other than being high in a number of other nutrients, kale is filled with vitamin E. If you find the taste rather bitter, try and boil about half a cup and add into your meals.
Add some avocado to your salad, sandwich or even as guacamole to enjoy all the health benefits. Avocados are packed with good fatty-acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, fibre, potassium and even vitamin C.
Feel free to incorporate olive oil into your cooking, but don’t forget to enjoy some olives as well. One cup of olives will give 20% of the recommended daily intake.
Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables since it helps to detox the body in a natural way. Although it doesn’t contain large volumes of vitamin E, broccoli will still provide around 4% of the recommended daily serving.
Not only does papaya contain large volumes of vitamin C, but it is also packed in vitamin E as well. Serve as a snack, smoothie and salad for an extra health-kick.
Whether you enjoy raw hazelnuts or hazelnut milk, they both provide almost 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E. Enjoy as a snack, or use as the milk in your cereal each morning.
Plant oils are fantastic sources of vitamin E, and can be used in cooking and the overall preparation of food. Sunflower and wheat germ oil are extremely rich in vitamin E, and can even offer 100% of the daily recommended intake in just one tablespoon.
Image via Food Anthology
Want to try a relatively healthy pasta dish which won’t make you feel bad about the extra carbohydrates? This green pasta recipe is packed with essential vitamins – and is completely oil free! Add in your favourite green vegetables, to make it extra appealing to kids who are picky about their food.
2 ripe avocados
1 large clove of garlic
1 lime (just the juice)
Leaves of 5 sprigs of lemon thyme
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
250g conchiglie pasta
2 servings of fresh baby spinach
2 handfuls of peas
2 handfuls of edamame beans
1 handful cashews
1 spring onion
- To prepare the sauce, add the two avocados into a food processor along with the garlic, lime juice, lemon thyme, balsamic vinegar, water, palm sugar, wasabi powder, black pepper and salt. Mix until completely smooth.
- Boil pasta according to the instructions, then cool down by putting them aside and straining out the remaining water.
- Add the spinach, edamame, peas and sliced spring onion onto the pasta. Chop up the cashews and sprinkle them in a pinch of salt for extra flavour.
Recipe and image via Milking Almonds
Salad isn’t just for summer. This yummy, warm pumpkin salad is just enough to heat you up from the inside out.
500g butternut pumpkin, deseeded, peeled, cut into 2cm cubes
Tin of beetroot cubes
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
100g baby spinach leaves
1 avocado, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on the tray and drizzle with half the oil.
- Season pumpkin with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes.
- Place spinach, beetroot and avocado in a large serving bowl. Add the pumpkin.
- Drizzle all with vinegar and the remaining oil.
- Gently toss to combine, then sprinkle with walnuts.
- Serve immediately.
As we’re now in the midst of the colder winter months, a warm and filling breakfast is surely a must-have to start the day. Generally cold juices and smoothies are phased out for a more favourable breakfast of warmed oats or even hot beverages with a side of fruit. Although is it possible to create a filling meal when you have limited time before starting your day? Here are just a few recipes to get you inspired for your own winter breakfast.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
Containing both essential proteins and fibre to keep your body full throughout the day, pumpkin oatmeal pancakes aren’t just your average breakfast meal. Sprinkle some pecan seeds or flaxseed over the top for taste, and the added health benefits of this superfood.
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 canned pumpkin (mashed)
2 tablespoons canola oil (or olive oil)
3/4 full cream milk
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, sweetener while also adding a pinch of ginger and salt. Stir until combined, then add the remaining ingredients.
- Spray a large frying pan, then over medium heat use a tiny amount of oil. This will help the batter to combine and won’t let it stick onto the pan.
- Spoon some of the batter onto the frying pan, then turn until both sides are golden brown.
- Serve with natural honey or sugar-free maple syrup to taste.
Baked Egg in Avocado
For those who love both eggs and avocado, this recipe is definitely one for you to try out. A simple morning meal which is filled with protein and essential fats, it will surely keep you fuller for longer.
Goat cheese crumbles (or feta cheese)
Pinch of sea salt
Ground black pepper
- Start by cutting the avocado directly in half and removing the pit. Then remove some extra avocado from the centre to make room for the egg.
- Place avocados facing up on a tray lined with baking paper.
- Then crack an egg into each avocado. If the egg spills out, simply clean up the mess or remove the extra yolk with a spoon.
- Pop them into the oven and bake at 180°C for about 15-20 minutes until the centre is completely baked. If you like your eggs with a runny yolk, only leave them in for about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle parsley, sea salt, pepper and cheese for extra taste.
Cinnamon and Banana Porridge
A hearty breakfast recipe which is healthy and sweet at the same time. If you don’t like banana and strawberry, feel free to choose some other tasty fruits which work just as well.
1 cup of buckwheat grouts
2 cups almond milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Add the buckwheat into a pan of boiling water and allow the mixture to heat up for a few minutes (don’t allow it to completely boil).
- Chop up your bananas, strawberries and other fruits then add the cinnamon and honey to the mixture. Until the water has been completely absorbed, add in the almond milk and stir well.
- Cook for about 20 minutes then pour into a bowl and let it cool slightly before eating.
Recipes via Deliciously Yella, Foodie Underground and Overtime Cook
Image via Foodie Underground
By Felicia Sapountzis
Most of us spend a lot of money on skin care products, but you may be ignoring the real secret to healthy skin—what you eat. Some foods are high in nutrients that prevent acne, soften wrinkles and promote clear, younger-looking, radiant skin. Here are seven favourites that can help you glow from within.
Just one serving each day of this delicious dairy food can make your skin smoother and softer. The secret ingredient is protein, which helps skin become firmer and more resistant to developing lines. The best choice for skin is Greek yoghurt, which can have twice the protein of the regular kind.
Snacking on these tasty nuts can improve your skin’s texture in several ways. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that can improve the elasticity of your skin, plus they’re full of the mineral copper, which can boost the production of collagen. Eating walnuts can also reduce skin inflammation for fewer breakouts.
If you’ve been troubled by brown spots on your skin, try snacking on edamame or adding soy milk to your latte. Soy has proteins and minerals that can reduce hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Consuming soy can also benefit the hair and nails.
The best oatmeal for healthy skin is the less processed steel-cut variety because it retains more vitamins. Also, it helps to keep your blood sugar stable by taking longer to break down in your body. This is important because spikes in blood sugar can elevate your body’s level of androgens—the hormones that contribute to wrinkles.
Carrots are chock-full of vitamin A, which is not only good for your eyesight, it can help clear up breakouts. Vitamin A helps to prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin, where dead cells can combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, they can slow the development of skin cancer cells.
No, chocolate does not cause breakouts, instead it can actually be good for your skin! But look for chocolate with a higher cocoa content, which means more of the good stuff and less butter and sugar. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants called flavonols that can reduce skin roughness and help to protect against sun damage. Just don’t use this as an excuse to binge on chocolate —a few squares a day are enough.
This delicious fruit is probably the number one food for healthy skin because the avocado is supplied with essential oils and B-complex vitamins that can soothe and nourish your skin. Especially important is vitamin B3, also called niacin, an anti-inflammatory that can soothe irritated, blotchy skin. Just one avocado can supply more than 25% of your daily need.
What’s your favourite food for healthy skin?
Looking for a tasty new lunch idea? This colourful salad is packed with flavour and nutrients – with a little spice and plenty of crunch. It goes great with grilled fish or meats too.
Serves 4 to 6
1 ripe mango
1 ripe avocado
1 cup dry roasted unsalted Suncoast Gold Macadamias, crushed
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons of Suncoast Gold Australian Macadamia Oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
1 long red chilli, deseeded and sliced
1. Chop the mango and avocado into small cubes of the same size and set aside; make sure you don’t bruise them and keep them in a good shape.
For the dressing: Mix the lime juice, oil, garlic, mustard and sliced chilli together.
2. Put the rocket in a large bowl, add the mango and avocado and the dressing and gently toss to combine. Top with the macadamias.
What’s your all-time favourite salad?