I hope you all had a great weekend.
I’m pleased to say I managed my longest ever run yesterday of 12.2km. I took it at a 6 minute per km pace so I was able to manage the added distance. Roll on next Sunday for the 14km City2Surf! I think I may just about be ready…
Yesterday we also visited Manly, and went on a nice walk up to North Head, Ben was practicing with his new camera and the sun was shining brightly so he got some great shots.
I highly recommend this walk if you do visit. I will write about Manly another day, it’s a place close to my heart and an absolute must-see if you visit Sydney.
In the evening, I created the unusual concoction below, and it was delicious!
Known as one of the world’s “healthiest foods“, avocados were on my mind this week and I knew I had to write about them for The Happy List.
Why are avocados so great?
Avocados weren’t a common food item in the UK, this may have changed now, but they’re popular in Australia and for good reason.
The only downside is they can be quite expensive, sometimes $4 each. I do think it’s worth the splurge though as they are a great source of healthy fat.
If you’re not already eating them, there are many ways to enjoy the benefits of their nutritional offering.
I usually eat about five avocados a week, I add them to salads, in sushi, have them on toast, in a smoothie, with eggs for breakfast – with almost anything! You can make the delicious fresh guacamole for your fajitas, and even make a healthy chocolate mousse for dessert.
They’re more versatile than you’d think. (Here’s a great article on Buzzfeed with 27 “Next Level” ways to use an avocado.)
Avocados aren’t called a superfood for nothing! Did you know…
- Avocados are actually a fruit, not a vegetable!
- They are baby and child-friendly due to their smooth consistency.
- Avocados are cholesterol and sodium-free. (Unless, like my fiancé, you load them up with salt – not highly recommended!)
- One recent study found that active compounds found in avocados inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells.
- Throw your Nurofen away! The magical avocado can help prevent unwanted inflammation.
- Avocados have the highest fibre content of any fruit and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
- Thousands of years ago the avocado was called ” The fruit of Gods” by Central American Indians because of its ability to increase the vitality and general health of humans!
- The Brazilians like to eat avocado mixed with Ice cream as a dessert…
- And speaking of dessert, here’s that unusual dessert recipe I was talking about…
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
- 2 large avocados (I used three small)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 150 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), melted
- Extra grated dark chocolate, to serve
- Cut the avocados in half and remove stones, scoop flesh into bowl.
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut cream.
- Process in food processor or with your hand blender for 10 seconds. Scrape sides and blend for another 10 seconds.
- Heat your chocolate in the microwave (chop into even pieces to ensure it melts consistently) for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted evenly.
- Add melted chocolate once it has cooled.
- Blend again for 10-15 seconds or until creamy and smooth.
- Spoon into serving glasses or dishes. Add grated chocolate, fruit optional but blueberries go amazingly with this! 🙂
TIP: Add a banana into the mix for extra sweetness.
We had this for dessert last night, and I can’t wait to get home and enjoy the rest tonight!
Thank you for reading 🙂