Green avocados are back in season meaning that they are in plenty, taste the best and also the prices are at their lowest now. Many vegans and vegetarians rely upon the high protein content of this amazing fruit as well as the other nutrients that it brings to the table, not to mention superb flavor and awesome creamy texture that can be used to replace cheese in a sandwich or salad.
Apart from that, avocados are a great source of Alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and oleic acid . dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. This is why some people are even referring this fruit as a superfood due to its immense documented health benefits.
Eating avocados is great fun, delicious and can be used for a cheap facial treatment. Avocado has excellent exfoliation properties – i.e. it removes dead skin effectively, which can help the many people who have acne. Just smear it on your face and wash off with clean water.
The fats in avocado were previously thought to be unhealthy but modern research actually has proven that we need saturated fat, especially the kind found in plants ; the avocado is plentiful in fats.
There are so many ways to consume avocado; raw, in a smoothie or salad, to add flavor to this great beans and chapati dish, on bread as a substitute to margarine or butter etc.
Watermelon, a great way to refresh yourself in the heat. Did you know that it is about 90% water? And the other 10% nutrients that help you to keep fresh and energetic all day long. If you can JUICE IT, even better and it also works great in a SMOOTHIE. Watermelons are also awesome because they have very few calories yet so many vitamins (vitamins C, B1 & A), minerals (potassium, magnesium and calcium) antioxidants and fibre.
Oh, and EAT THE SEEDS too, they contain a lot of nutrition as well and can be dried, roasted on a pan or in the oven and consumed as a snack – they are loaded with protein and ‘good fats’ too so no need for using any cooking oil, just a little bit of natural Himalayan salt.
You could also dice the watermelon and freeze them using some skewers to make watermelon popsicles, there are so many endless possibilities with this nutrient dense fruit.
Here’s another idea, you can MAKE A SALAD using watermelon, which goes really well with mint, maybe a little crispy prosciutto, some red onion, dress it up with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice, serve with nyama choma, or anything grilled, the freshness works well with meats and also helps to digest it.
Another tip is to EAT PART OF THE RIND itself which also contains plenty of nutrition and fibre.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, a group of vegetables ideal for cancer prevention. Cauliflower in particular provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are
- The body’s detox system
- Its antioxidant system
- Its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system.
Like with all vegetables, cauliflower should not be overcooked in order to retain nutrients, sauteeing being the preferred mode of cooking.
Check out a great cauliflower-based recipe here