Avocado is quite possibly my all time favourite food. I can eat it as an accompaniment to anything; breakfast, lunch or supper, on its own with some sea salt and pepper or in a smoothie, I can even make a pretty delicious “sin-free” chocolate and cherry mousse with is! Avocado is such a versatile fruit and riddled with good fats, there’s a common misconception that just because it’s got as many calories as a Mars Bar (!) that it’s going to make you fat. Good FAT doesn’t make you fat! I certainly know what I’d rather be putting in my body!
So I thought why not combine two of my favourite things at once eggs and avocado! I’d seen this done a few times on Pinterest and decided to give it ago for myself. I used a large ripe avocado, chopped it in half and took out the stone. I scooped out a little more flesh so that there was enough room for the egg. They take about 25 – 30 minutes to bake but once they are done they really are divine with a little added salt and pepper. I think I will be having this for breakfast a lot going forward, maybe even with some chopped up bacon thrown in to the egg mix!
What you need:
*1 large avocado
*2 medium eggs
*Salt and pepper
*1 baking sheet
- Cut the ripe avocado in half and de-stone
- Cut out a little extra flesh so that the egg doesn’t over spill
- Crack an egg in to a cup / jar and extract the yolk first and place in to avocado well, add the white of the egg around it until it is full
- Place in the oven at 180°c for 25 – 30 minutes – until the egg has baked (check on it after 15 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter)
- Serve immediately on its own or with fresh salad
Suitable for: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo
Why are avocados good for you?
- Avocados are brimming with essential nutrients, including potassium, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a so-called nutrient booster
- When eaten with other foods, avocados enable the body to better absorb cancer-fighting nutrients, such as carotenoids, found in vegetables that include spinach and carrots
- Eating avocados has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and they are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, including oleic acid, which offers significant protection against breast cancer
- The potassium content in avocados regulates blood pressure and helps guard against heart disease and strokes, as well as aiding digestion and helping the body flush out toxins
- The combination of B6, C and D, riboflavin and manganese found in avocados helps maintain a strong immune system
- They are also a good source of vitamins A and E, which help protect against cancer. Avocados are high in omega-3, which reduces the risk of heart disease and lecithin, a type of fatty acid crucial for healthy nervous tissue
- The potassium in avocados helps fight fatigue and depression, both of which reduce your ability to concentrate
- Avocados are naturally high in fat, but it is mostly healthy, monounsaturated fat that is essential for plump, youthful skin. They also stimulate production of anti-wrinkle collagen, which, together with vitamin E, makes them the best food to eat for a healthy complexion