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Avocados are one of my favorite foods!  I manage to eat an avocado everyday as they are so delicious, creamy and versatile enough to fit almost any dish.  I love them simply mixed with lime juice and tomatoes, whipped into a cream for a pasta sauce, creamed with cacao powder for a chocolate mousse, or smashed as a side and spread onto any roasted vegetable!  They are also filled with vitamin E, fantastic for clear, glowing skin!


Feeling: of dull and dehydrated skin?

Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which are known to improve skin tone and maintain moisture levels, keeping your skin soft and healthy!

· The Omega-9 fats in avocados can also reduce skin redness and irritation by repairing skin cells that are damaged.  You can see the effects of reduced redness but making a face mask out of a smashed avocado! 

· They are filled with health fats called oleic acid which helps lower the risk of heart disease.

· Avocados are a wonderful source of fiber with 8g per cup, which is essential for a healthy digestive system and regular bowl movements.

· Because of its creamy texture, avocados are also a great food to give to children, as it is soft to the bite and full of nutrients!  

 

Season to buy: Spring - this is when avocados in the US will be the most affordable and at their peak taste.

Shelf life: 3-5 days on the countertop and ripe when the stem is pulled off and the skin underneath is brown.