For the Love of Avocado

I swear I could eat avocados for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Ever since I discovered all the goodness this creamy fruit has to offer, I never leave the fruit market without one or two in my basket.

Touted as one of the healthiest foods on earth, avocados are packed with essential nutrients including vitamin A, B, C, E & K, iron, magnesium and potassium. The delicious fruit has amazing anti-inflammatory properties thanks to healthy fats like oleic acid which increases the absorption of nutrients.

Research shows that avocados lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and help stabilize blood sugar.

Rich in fibre, avocados help you maintain a healthy digestive system.

For a snack, I’ll cut into a ripe avocado, sprinkle it with salt and chili flakes and a squirt of lemon. On weekend mornings, I mash avocado, spread it on toast and top with a fried egg, tomato and havarti cheese. Eggs and avocado are a match made in heaven!

Recently, I scoured the web for incredibly delicious recipes to feed my avocado obsession.

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 Charred Corn & Avocado Pizza via Two Peas and Their Pod

avocado almondaise tartlettes

 Avocado Almondaise Tartines via Love & Lemons

avocado puff pastries

Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries via Averie Cooks

avocado soup

Avocado Gazpacho Soup via Cooking Stoned

fried avocado tacos

Fried Avocado Tacos via Foodie Crush

avocado egg rolls

Avocado Egg Rolls with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce via Taste and Tell

creamy avocado and gouda

Creamy Avocado and Gouda Cheese Pasta via Half Baked Harvest

avocado tartare

Avocado Tartare with Roasted Beets, Basil & Dukkah via The First Mess

best guacamole

Best Guacamole Ever via Style Me Pretty Living

avocado blt egg salad

Avocado BLT Egg Salad via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Do you love avocados as much as I do? 

For the love of kale

I’ve finally taken the plunge. Yesterday, I walked down the fresh produce aisle and instead of grabbing romaine lettuce, I reached for kale. It’s weird. I have no problem ordering a kale salad or a mushroom and kale pasta dish while I’m out, but I’m afraid to make it at home. I looove experimenting in the kitchen so why do I find this green leafy God-send so intimidating? The textured leaves have got more iron than beef, more calcium than milk, and 10 times more Vitamin C than spinach. It’s good for our eyes and skin, lowers cholesterol, strengthens bones, boosts our immune system, and fights cancer. It’s time to give my health a well-needed boost, so I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes featuring our friend with benefits. Here are 10 of my favourites…

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farro and kale risotto

Farro and Kale Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes via Foxes Love Lemons

spicy pork soup

Spicy Pork Soup with Kale and Sweet Potato Noodles via Everyday Maven

Cream-of-Leek-and-Kale-Soup-2-en-JK-407Cream of Leek and Kale Soup via Jennifer’s Kitchen
cheesy baked eggs with kale and onion

Cheesy Baked Eggs with Kale and Crispy Onions via Babble

kale salad with citrus

Kale Salad with Citrus, Avocado and Feta via Two Peas and Their Pod

tomato poached eggs with kale

Tomato Poached Eggs with Kale and Wheat Berries via Not Without Salt

kale almond pesto

Gluten-Free Kale Almond Pesto via Elana’s Pantry

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Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale and Fontina Pizza via Half Baked Harvest

kale pineapple almond smoothie

Kale, Pineapple and Almond Milk Smoothie via Joy The Baker

Yummy, right? Are you going crazy for kale? If so, how do you incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into your diet?