A favorite fruit of mine is the avocado. It’s not sweet like other fruits but in many ways could be considered a super food, because of its many health benefits. It’s higher in protein than most fruits and is lower in sugar and carbs having only about 2 net carbs in a small avocado. It’s linked to heart health as the avocado is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids; it’s also high in fiber.
In the old days of low-fat diets, they were a big no-no due to their higher fat content, but newer research has demonstrated that there are healthy fats. According to an article in Harvard Health Publishing, good fats from avocado’s, seeds, and nuts are a major source of energy and helps you to absorb some vitamins and minerals.
Fat is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is also essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation.
The most common usage for avocados is in guacamole but I also use them in sandwiches, in place of mayo on a vegetable burger and in smoothies.
Last year I was sitting in this trendy little restaurant in Tofino BC and one of the toppings I could order for my veggie bowl was grilled avocado, and it was delicious, I had never considered grilling them.The day after I returned from my holiday, I looked up “grilled avocado” recipes on Google and found the one below. You can use the grilled avocados in guacamole, on toast, tossed in a salad or on a grilled vegetable platter. Grilling enhances their flavour and leaves attractive grill marks on the sections.
A ripe avocado is not too hard or not too soft. If you are buying them in bulk store some in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. They tend to go from ripe to overripe super fast. If you need them to ripen quickly store them with your bananas as bananas release a gaseous plant hormone known as ethylene, which ripens other fruit.
Be careful when removing the seed, if they are ripe enough to eat the seed will scoop out with a spoon, no need to use a sharp
For the grilled avocados:
1. Heat up your BBQ or grill-pan to medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Cut avocados in half and remove pits.
3. Brush inside half of each avocado lightly with olive oil.
4. Place face down on BBQ or grill-pan for about 5 minutes (BBQ temps vary). Press down occasionally to ensure grill marks are created and heat penetrates.
5. Using tongs remove from grill and set aside until ready to eat.
Sheree’s Hack; never waste overripe avocados again. Peel, de-seed and press your overripe avocados into ice cube trays. Once frozen transfer them to a plastic freezer bag or dish. Add the avocado cubes to smoothies and protein shakes for a creamy texture.