I’m starting a new series here on View From The Fridge and it involves food.
You see … Matt is a crazy health nut (and I mean that in the best possibly way). He even eats chicken salads for breakfast sometimes (like yesterday) while sipping his ‘green’ smoothie and his Bulletproof coffee. He also loves to invent new healthy recipes with his favorite foods … and this is what I’ve decided to share here. While I’m no inventive cook (yet?), I can follow his recipes and ideas and recreate some of the good things he comes up with. And I thought I’d share so you can, too!
To make this more fun, each month we’ll feature a new food or ingredient. A food that’s super healthy, and then each Wednesday of that month I’ll share a recipe using that food.
But wait … isn’t it Friday?!? Yep … we’re not off to a great start with the series, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a GREAT recipe for you today (just a super busy week that prevented me from publishing this post two days ago like I intended).
So, without further ado, introducing July’s ‘food of the month’ …. the AVOCADO:
I’ll give you a quick summary of why this fruit is so good for you (and why you should be eating these everyday), and then each week I’ll share a bit more about why the avocado is such a ‘super food’.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF AN AVOCADO
An avocado is loaded with nutrients; vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, and healthy fats. It’s good for your brain, it’s heart healthy, good for your eyes, stabilizes your blood sugar, can ease arthritis symptoms, lowers cholesterol, can help you loose weight, and … can even help prevent and fight certain cancers.
While the avocado itself has all these benefits, it also helps you absorb key nutrients from other foods. Many of the vitamins and anti-oxidants in veggies and other foods are fat soluble, meaning your body needs fat to absorb them. It’s not simply about how much vitamins you’re putting in your body from plant based foods, but also how well these nutrients are absorbed. Top your salad with avocado to ensure that your body absorbs all those leafy greens and veggies that you just loaded up on! Make guacamole with fresh cut veggies (salsa) and reap the full benefit of those foods!
Yes … the avocado is high in fat and calories, but it can help you loose weight! The fat in an avocado is the ‘good’ kind … the monounsaturated kind. It’s high in fiber, and the soluble fiber in the fruit slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body helping you feel full longer. Also, the oleic acid in the avocado is a fat that activates the part of your brain that helps you feel full and satiated.
If you’re interested in more information on the avocado; more on the nutritional benefits, as well as how to choose and prepare avocados, and ideas for how to eat them, check out this video:
Today, we’re making a simple snack, lunch, or even dinner idea that doesn’t require much cooking time at all! We actually made these two different ways (one with mango and one with eggs), and I’m sharing the simple process for both:
AVOCADO MANGO SEAWEED WRAPS:
Yes … these are wrapped in seaweed, but don’t run away!! If you haven’t had seaweed before, and it doesn’t sound appetizing, just give it a chance! I promise it’s good … or at the very worst, not bad, and makes a great functional holder for all the goodness inside!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Seaweed wraps
- Hard boiled Eggs (or soft boiled as Matt usually insists on …)
- Sauces (obviously completely optional): hot sauce, soy sauce (or we like coconut aminos that taste similar), wasabi, ginger, etc …
HOW TO MAKE THE WRAPS (it’s really so simple … it barely needs a step-by-step, but here goes)
STEP 1: Cut up your ingredients (this is by far the most time consuming part at about 5 minutes)
STEP 2: Place them all in a wrap
and some hot sauce if you like …
STEP 3: Roll it up, and slice with a sharp knife
STEP 4: Serve it up with some wasabi and pretend you’re eating some expensive sushi!
Avocado Mango Seaweed Rolls! Who knew they could be so delicious?!?!
Now … for the egg option … simply substitute the hard boiled egg in place of the mango.
Here’s how Matt does it:
He literally cuts the hard boiled eggs in half and smashes them onto the seaweed wrap. Classy, huh?
From there, simply add the rest of your ingredients:
Roll it up and slice:
Really … it’s as simple as that and you’ve got a nutritious, delicious snack or meal!
The seaweed is not only functional as a wrap for these veggies and fruit, it is also really good for you! It’s a great source of iodine … something that is critically important for everyone!
Stop back next Wednesday (hopefully!!) for another great recipe idea for using avocados!
Oh … and Happy 4th to all my U.S. friends!! Enjoy the weekend and I hope you have some spectacular weather!