Four Great Ways to Eat Avocado

If you are like any other parent you are trying to get you kids to eat more fruits and vegetables…

Well sometimes the easiest way to do it, is to hide them. When my daughter was young, I would puree vegetables and add them into sauces. What she couldn’t see would help her ūüôā

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So for breakfast why not try a Berry Smoothie?

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Kids Love dipping chips and veggies into dips… You can make them¬†Guacamole.

Avocado Veggie Quinoa

For lunch or dinner add Avocado Veggie Quinoa. It creamy texture is a winner!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Finally for dessert we have Chocolate Pudding… Now tell me what child doesn’t love chocolate pudding? You can keep it a secret that it’s healthy for them. Do they need to know that it is made with avocados? No ūüėČ

Those are just four ideas how to add more avocados into your’s and your child’s diet…

Any more ideas???

Berry Smoothie (Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I have been playing around with smoothies. Trying to find a concoction that is both tasty and will fill me up for quite a while. It also has to be full of healthy ingredients.

This is my latest smoothie! Its so tasty and easy to make on a work day. You can even make it the night before and store it in the refrigerator.

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These measurements are all approximate. Sometimes I add a little more or a little less of some ingredients depending on what I have on hand. I’m not a fan of banana in my smoothie. If you like banana, you could substitute one in for the avocado.

Berry Smoothie 
1/4-1/2 ripe avocado (depending on the size) **
1 c. berries (mix and match)
1 c. spinach leaves
1 Tbsp. ground flax (I’m sure chia seeds would work well)
1 Tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1/2-3/4 c. water (or whatever milk/milk free product you use)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Put all the ingredients into a ninja, magic bullet, or blender. Blend until smooth.
Makes one large serving or two smaller ones.

** I sprinkle lemon juice on the remaining avocado and wrap it in plastic wrap.
Store it in the fridge. It will go a little brown, I just cut that part off.

 

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

So at the beginning of the year I tried¬†Guacamole¬†¬†for the first time. I had also tried persimmons, papaya and water chestnuts. I said I was going to keep trying new things. Well I’d just gone back to eating my favourite things. Making some new recipes, but not really going out on a limb.

I already came up with Chocolate Cream Pie, which is still so good. I’ve made it several times.

I had seen several different recipes for the chocolate pudding made with¬†avocados. ¬†I’ve tried several different versions. My problem is that I never end up¬†liking¬†how other people make things. I always end up changing several aspects of the recipe if not the entire thing. This is my version….

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Oh my goodness, it so Yummy!!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
2 ripe avocados
1/3 c. cocoa
1/3 c. honey
3/4 c. coconut or almond milk (or desired milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp.sea salt

Cut your avocados in half, remove the pit and put the flesh into the food processor; discard the pit and skin.
Put the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and run until smooth.
I put this into four small servings for my lunch, although you could easily make it into two or three bigger servings.

I have even frozen this pudding! It works great!

Enjoy your no cook chocolate pudding!!

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This will last in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Makes approximately 4-5- 12 cup servings.

Guacamole

So I have decided to start trying different things. I’ve now tried¬†persimmons and roasted chestnuts. I can’t say they were horrible, and¬†I wouldn’t turn them down if they were offered to me. I can say that at the moment I won’t be picking them up for myself.
I also decided that I should try¬†avocado. Yes its high in fat, but its Good for you fat. Its also high in fiber and helps to lower cholesterol. So I tried guacamole done by mashing the avocado and adding garlic and lemon juice. It was alright but again, not something I’d go out of my way to have.
At the New Years party we were at, a friend of mine Liza made it pretty much the way I’m going to be writing here. I just measured and added cumin. Done this way, I quite enjoy it. Maybe you will too…

3 avocados
2 green onions
2 cloves of garlic-minced
1 medium tomato
2 tsp. lemon juice(more if needed)
2 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. cumin
herbed sea salt to taste

Put everything in your food processor and puree. Enjoy with crackers, nacho chips, or as a dip for raw vegetables.

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Avocado Veggie Quinoa (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegetarian)

I bought four avocados. I knew that I wanted to make my avocado pudding. I really enjoy bringing it to work, and my husband does as well. I knew that the pudding only took two avocados.

Enjoying creamy dishes, I figured that I could come up with one involving avocados. It did so well in my pudding and many people put them into smoothies, so it should work.

Oh my… Work it did! My husband said quite a few times how delicious it was. Yes, a hit!!
I really enjoy putting a bunch of food items into a pot and coming out with a delicious healthy dish!

Avocado Veggie Quinoa

 

Avocado Veggie Quinoa (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegetarian)

2/3 c. quinoa
1 1/3 c. water
1 vegetable bouillon cube (optional)
1 large onion- diced
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic-minced
1 tsp. dry basil
1 zucchini- diced
2 ripe avocados-peeled, pitted, mashed
2 tsp lemon juice

Combine the quinoa, water, and bouillon cube in a pot. Cook according to directions.

In a large pan or skillet, saute the onion in olive oil for approximately five minutes.
Add garlic, basil, and zucchini, saute for five minutes. Add mashed avocados and lemon juice.
Mix together and let heat up for five minutes.
Stir in cooked quinoa.

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Serves 6-8 as a side dish or 4 as an entree.