Avocado: The Little Miracle Worker

28598640_UnknownIt’s no secret that I love avocados. I eat them in some form or other every single day: blended with juices, smashed on corncakes or toast with tomato and chilli powder, as a dip or dressing with crudités or salad (see photo) as a sauce with pasta, even in chocolate mousse! (There are recipes in the Menu at the top of the page).

‘But they are so full of fat and calories!’ Yes, they contain fat and calories, but they are the good sort, the sort your body needs. As I said earlier, I eat them every day (along with those other so-called weight-gainers, nuts and seeds) and I am not exactly breaking the scales!


Have you ever noticed how vegans usually have glowing, soft skin? It’s probably all the avocados! Adding avocados to my daily diet certainly helped clear up my mysterious skin disorder, an itchy scaly rash that appeared out of nowhere and nearly drove me mad. You can read about it here: How I Juiced My Skin Clear: A Rash Decision?

Avocados are little miracle workers. They are nutrient-dense, great for your skin, your brain, your immune system, providing protein, energy and fibre. They can help lower cholesterol and fight inflammation. They are a meal and a medicine cabinet all in one fruit.


‘Oh, but they’re either too hard or over-ripe, or you end up throwing some away because it won’t keep!’ We always have one ripening in the fruit bowl and one waiting in the fridge. The best way to test for ripeness is not to press the wider part of the fruit, but the ends, where the stalk is, so you don’t bruise it and make it go black.

Do you know you can freeze avocado? If you only require a quarter or a half of one, say for a smoothie or sandwich, you can chop or slice the remainder, put it in a freezer bag or container in the freezer and it will keep for ages until you need it. No waste. (Same goes for over-ripe bananas, by the way).


(The above is a Vegan Gluten-Free Nut-Free Bread Mk IV – the best yet!

I’ll soon be posting a recipe for Guacamole with Coriander, Chilli and Moringa. Meanwhile, try eating ripe avocado with a spoon straight out of the shell with a squeeze of lemon or lime and a twist of black pepper. It will fill you up for longer than any chocolate bar or packet of crisps, flooding your body with lots of healthy vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and fats to provide it with sustained slow-releasing energy, rather than leaving you feeling tired and hungry and reaching for another nutrient-free snack.

ps An easy way to peel a ripe avocado and remove the stone is to score down the shell and flesh with a sharp knife from top to bottom in quarters, the 4 parts will fall away and the stone will pop out, you can then peel the quarters like an orange.

You’re welcome!

Copyright: Chris McGowan

16 thoughts on “Avocado: The Little Miracle Worker

  1. Another goodie found thru the Salon, thanks to dear Bernadette! Pinned this post to my Blogs and Bloggers board.

    I didn’t like avocados as a child, but I adore them now – in smoothies, on sandwiches, in salads, and all by their lonesome. I did not know they would freeze, however, even tho’ I already freeze bananas. Since I can’t get to the grocery very often, that will make a huge difference to my willingness to buy more avocados when I go, so BIG time thanks for that.

    Frozen slices will be perfect for their use in smoothies, however — which I now make more often, thanks to your encouragement to use some of my precious counter space to keep the blender out and handy. It has certainly been worth it this past summer.

    I’m sure your coming recipe would be delicious, but, like you, since I love to eat them “plain” right out of their skins, I doubt I’ll complicate my life beyond my absurdly simple guacamole recipe (mash and add to salsa).

    That sandwich in your first graphic looks amazing – encouraging me to add sprouts to my next big grocery shop!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. What wonderful words of encouragement! Thank you 😊 It’s nice to have some positive feedback and so glad you’ve been able to ise your blender more. Re beansprouts, they are so easy to grow and much fresher than bought. A sprouting jar or tier will fit in such a small space. I have a post about sprouting, how to do it and the benefits.

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  2. You had me at the title! I LOVE avocados and would eat them everyday but refrain due to the calories. However, I may just give them a daily try. I’m sure you’ve tried it but sliced mango with sliced avocado are perfect mates-makes my mouth water just writing this.

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    1. Actually, I haven’t and I love mango, I will definitely give it a try! I don’t eat a whole avocado every day, usually a quarter blended in a smoothie and a quarter on corncakes/toast or salad etc.


  3. Avocados are a staple in our house. We raised our granddaughter for nine months. She was 9 months old when she came to live with us and we gave her avocados every day. Now at four, her face lights up if you offer her one for a meal.

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