Avocados are one of the trendy must-eats these days but there’s every reason to go Avocado-crazy! Let us show you some simple healthy Japanese style recipes full of avocado goodness!
Firstly, let’s see why should we be excited over Avocados?
Here are our top 3 reasons why Avocado craze should be here to stay!
- Avocados are super nutritious!
You know avocados are good for you but just HOW Good? Avocados are super foods, they are packed full of some 20 vitamins and mineral goodness.
Some of the vitamins and minerals an avocado contains:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- It also contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).
Avocados also contain healthy unsaturated fats which are good for your body and heart. There is only about 160 calories per avocado, they low carb (only about 9g per fruit), do not contain any sodium or cholesterol and are packed full of fiber at about 7g per fruit.
Avocados are great as a snack or part of a main meal! An easy way to add vitamins and minerals into your foods.
2. Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels to Prevent Heart Disease!
Several studies have shown that groups of people who ate avocados on a frequent basis have reduced their cholesterol and other bad fatty levels.
Heart disease is the No.1 killer in most populations as our lifestyles are becoming more sedentary and the foods we eat are higher in cholesterol and trans-fats.
Studies have shown that avocados in diets helps to reduce the risk factors of heart disease significantly on a long-term basis. Some of the effects of avocado consumption include:
- Significant reduction of total cholesterol levels.
- Up to 20% reduction of blood triglycerides.
- Up to 22% lower LDL cholesterol.
- Up to 11% increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Healthy heart starts with a healthy diet. Enjoy some delicious avocado and add in some exercise into your lifestyle for a healthier life!
3. Avocados Have Powerful Antioxidants To Protect Your Eyes!
Everyone is always staring at the mobile phone screen or computer screen in this busy modern world. There’s always some reason, for work or play, to be glued to the screen. This is bad for our eyes.
Not only do avocados help increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants. Avocados contain nutrients called Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are very important for good eye health.
Some studies have shown that Lutein and Zeaxanthin are linked to significantly reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which happen commonly to the elderly.
Eating avocados in the long-term can help keep your eyes healthy.
You want to eat and enjoy avocado but its a hassle to peel off the skin and scoop out the flesh? Don’t worry, just use the simple avocado cutter tool and get lovely avocado slices for your salad or sandwich in less than 5 minutes!
Simple 3 steps.
- Cut the avocado in half with a sharp knife.
- Remove the seed.
- Run the Avocado Cutter down the flesh of the avocado (like shown in the photo below). Great avocado slices, Ready!
Some super simple avocado recipes:
- Japanese Rice Bowl: Chirashi-don with Avocado Slices.
Chirashi-don is simply scattered ingredients over a bowl of rice. It’s super simple to prepare. Very tasty and full of healthy ingredients.
Prepare some Japanese shortgrained rice by steaming or cook in a rice cooker (refer to your rice package for details). Season with some white or sushi vinegar to taste. You can also use a cypress wood sushi rice tub to prepare the seasoned rice if you like, the sushi rice tub will impart a more delicious natural flavor to the rice.
Scoop the rice into a bowl and top with your favorite raw sashimi fish slices (please get them from authorised raw fish dealers or specialised counters at the supermarket). Salmon sashimi which is full of healthy omega 3 are one of our favorite choices!
Garnish with some avocado slices and thin onion slices if you like a more tangy flavor.
This is a great gluten-free meal for those who have allergies or digestion problems.
2. Japanese-style Avocado Carpaccio Salad
Prepare some avocado slices and arrange it onto a plate.
Now prepare the sauce: Grate some fresh wasabi (about 1 teaspoon) into a bowl, add 2 teaspoons of Japanese style mayonaise (it is more flavorful) and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix well with a small spatula to combine. Spoon the sauce over the avocados.
This is a great vegetarian Japanese-style Avocado Carpaccio Salad that is packed full of nutrients and goodness!
If you like a heartier salad with meat, feel free to top the salad with some prosciutto ham or parma ham. Even some roasted chicken is good for topping this salad!
A delicious gluten-free and carb-free meal that is easy to prepare and super healthy!
We hope you enjoyed our Avocado recipes and please try them at home!