“The Avocado is a food without rival...”

smashedavocado2The inspiration for today’s flavor comes from my delicious second breakfast in Jamie Oliver’s Café/Shop Recipease.  The morning is bright and beautiful. We are sitting in a sunny window overlooking Notting Hill Gate Road. We have just finished a romp through the Notting Hill Farmer’s Market and decided to stop for a coffee and small snack.  Spicy avocado smashed on toast for me, please!!

Avocado is such a versatile food. Personally, I love the mouthfeel and texture the most and the fact that it can enhance any number of dishes with just the right amount of delectable fat and flavor. The creamy, smoothness feels almost refreshing and there are some days when that first bite of avocado is satisfying like nothing else could be; definitely for me, the avocado is an mmmmm factor food. This morning’s avocado delight is smashed up with spices, herbs, some fresh jalapeno and small tomatoes and served on a slice of homemade toast. YUM and thank you!

From a culinary perspective, avocados are often viewed as a side or a topping. Perhaps topped up on a salad, or sandwich, or served as the infamous guacamole.  However, avocado can do sooooo much more than that. From my stint as a raw foodie, I learned to use avocado when I wanted to give something some complexity and a little added oomph; blending it in soups, sauces, and even making cakes and puddings with it. (stay tuned for the most amazing chocolate pudding recipe)

From a medicinal perspective, Avocados are considered a super food! They are packed with nutrients like potassium and lutein, vitamins B, C, and E. They are high in fiber and fabulous fats. Research suggests that eating avocado helps curb systemic inflammation, which in turn helps with different inflammation related ailments like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even diabetes.

Avocados are great for your skin, your digestion, and especially your brain! The fatty acids help balance hormones and neurotransmitters that impact your mood.

The only downside to Avocado? They are high in fat so, avoid eating them with processed foods. If you are a fast metabolizer, they are a great source of energy. If you are a slow metabolizer, it’s good to know when the best times to eat them are. Stay tuned for more info on that!

Now here’s the most amazing chocolate pudding recipe:

1 ripe Avocado
2-3 TBS of Cacao (not hot chocolate powder)  
2 tsp of date syrup or ¼ c. of soaked dates
2 TBS of Coconut milk (or cashew, almond, etc)
Pinch of sea salt
Dash of Vanilla
Mix it all up in the blender until it’s smooth and creamy!