Lunch

Lunch

If you love avocados, you're in luck! With every serving of this fruit (yes, it's technically a fruit), you get about 20 different vitamins and minerals. There's potassium for regulated blood pressure, lutein for healthy eyes, and folate, which helps cellular repair and can additionally help build brain development in growing fetuses of pregnant women. 
Then there's the B vitamins for warding away infections and illnesses, vitamins C and E, loads of fiber, and phytochemicals that could help avert illness. In short, avocados are one tasty superfood you shouldn't be shy about eating.
Yes, they are high in fat, but avocados have good fat (that's monounsaturated), which lowers bad cholesterol. I'm sure you've had your fair share of guacamole and avocado toast -- but what else CAN you do with avocados in your meals? 
Here are 7 suggestions to enjoy avocados and their health benefits in new ways!
1. Use them in a smoothie
Instead of yogurt for a dairy-free option, they can add a rich and creamy consistency for a vegan-friendly start to the day.
2. Make sushi
Avocados are used in many different sushi rolls - the versatility is amazing. If you eat fish, get sushi-grade fish or use crab to make California rolls. There are plenty of meat-free options, too! Get creative with it. Even just using avocado in your sushi will make for a tasty light snack or meal at any time.
3. Add it to salad
Fresh avocado slices on salads are a great way to use your avocado bounty. Try something southwest style or Asian-inspired. It's even amazing with watermelon, believe it or not. 
4. Try a rice bowl
Whether it's brown rice or cauliflower rice, jazzing up a dish with a garnish of avocado pulls the whole thing together.
5. Wrap it up
Rice paper wraps are a no-cook, no-fuss way to make a light lunch or dinner. You can fill them with fresh shrimp, cilantro, basil, strips of bell peppers, carrots, and avocados and serve it with a great dipping sauce. Not in an Asian-fusion mood? Use low-carb wraps to make it sandwich-style, stuffed with spinach, sprouts, and other crunchy goodies from the produce section to complement that smooth texture of avocado.
6. Turn them into fries
Avocado fries are a sublime experience, but I must warn you -- you'll want to eat the whole batch yourself! They're great for sharing and ideal with a homemade dip. To lighten them up, use your air fryer or bake them. 
7. Have avocado for dessert
Because of its thick and creamy texture, avocado can be blended with cacao powder to make a rich and divine pudding. Even the kids won't realize this dessert is good for them. 
What are your favourite ways to eat avocado? Hit reply and let me know.
 
We spend most of our weekends in the summer at our trailer located in beautiful Sauble Beach where I
grew up. That means we get a lot of company, which we love. I don’t want to spend all weekend
cooking, as I would rather spend that time kayaking and biking and enjoying the beach. I always
make some salads up so we can eat away at them all weekend. This is one of my favourites. It is so
easy to make and is loaded with fibre and antioxidants. It keeps well for a few days in the fridge. -Dee
 
 
 
Cabbage Slaw:
1 head of purple cabbage shredded
1 bag of shredded broccoli or carrot slaw (or both)
1-2 apples washed and cut into bite size pieces
2 ounces of hemp seeds (can be added when serving if you prefer)
¼ - ½ cup of dried cranberries, raisins or goji berries
Dressing:
¼-½ cup of grape seed oil
¼-½ cup of vinegar (Balsamic, apple cider or red wine all work well)
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
Drizzle over the salad and let the flavours meld together.
Amount of oil and vinegar will change with the quantities of vegetables you use.