I love avocado! It’s so versatile. I have it in smoothies, fajitas, soups, and as in this avocado & lemon crème, a side-dish. It’s super easy to make and with it, you can add that little bit of extra “it” to your dish.
Not only does avocado taste delicious it’s also really good for you. It’s rich in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. Potassium is an important mineral that a lot of people don’t get enough of and should support healthy blood pressure levels.
Avocado is high in fat, 77% of the calories are from fat making it one of the fattiest plants around. The fat is a good fat source containing what is called oleic acid, which is also the major compound of olive oil. Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and is therefore called a “heart healthy” acid.
As an intake of antioxidants, avocados increase absorption from other foods but are also high in antioxidants themselves, two of which are Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are good for your eye health. Studies have shown that an intake of these nutrients drastically lowers the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which is common among the elderly.
So, as I said in the beginning, these (among others) health benefits and the fact that avocados are yummy and delicious makes them a perfect ingredient for you to incorporate into your cooking.
In the Americas, the avocado has been eaten for thousands of years but it first got its worldwide breakthrough when the early Spanish explorers found the fruit when exploring the Caribbean and Central America.
The most well-known type of avocado is probably the Haas avocado but the fruit comes in many shapes and forms such as; Reed, Fuerte, Zutano, Bacon (weird name) and many more.
The key to good consistency is to use avocados that are ripe. If they are too hard they will not mix well and the texture will be all wrong, and if they are too ripe it will become too mushy. To fully enjoy this vegan recipe try to squeeze the avocados gently when you buy them to find the ones that are ripe.
- 1 Ripe avocado
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1/2 Lemon (the juice)
Use your hand-mixer, kitchen blender or whatever blending tool you have at your disposal (a fork will do), and mix all ingredients until smooth.
Note: Be careful with the lemon juice. If you don’t like it so “zingy” add a little bit at a time to taste.