First things first….
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If you take a look around, it’s not hard to believe I LOVE avocados. What’s not to love about a delicious fruit packed with monounsaturated, heart-healthy fat? Swoon.
A few recipes recently caught my eye. These recipes include avocado used in nontraditional ways. Both were really good!
Black Bean & Avocado Brownies from Cara’s Cravings
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/2 of a ripe avocado (60gm)
6 tbsp cocoa powder (30gm)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons white sugar (75gm)
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper.
Combine black beans, egg substitute, agave syrup, and avocado in food processor. Blend for a few minutes, until completely smooth. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until fully combined, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Spread into parchment-lined baking dish. Bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean.
These are best if you let them sit overnight before slicing and enjoying! Yield: 12 brownies
Nutrition Information (per serving): 98 calories; 1.2 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 135 mg. sodium; 19.5 g. carbohydrate; 2.7 g. fiber; 4.2 g. protein
Result: These were good! Very creamy! I think I might do a 1/2 and 1/2 with the black beans and whole wheat pastry flour the next time, as they did have somewhat of a beany taste. But they are very chocolate-y! I know a lot of people love this recipe, so take this review with a grain of salt!
Tropical Avocado Smoothie adapted from How Sweet It Is
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
1/2 cup milk or water (I used fat-free milk)
1/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
2 ice cubes
1/2 1 frozen banana
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 4 tablespoons Let’s Do Organic Reduced Fat unsweetened coconut
Add everything to the blended except for 1 tablespoon of coconut. Blend until smooth. Garnish with remaining coconut and sliced bananas or avocado. Serves 2 (approx. 10 ounces each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 254 calories; 14 g. fat; 102 mg. sodium; 26.5 g. carbohydrate; 6 g. fiber; 8 g. protein
Result: DELICIOUS! Of course, I expect nothing less of Jessica, but as a lover of all things avocado AND coconut, I just had to try this. I love the spin on a traditional fruit smoothie. This version is packed with monounsaturated fats (Woo!), fiber (Woo!), and protein (Woo!). If it’s not sweet enough for you, add just a teaspoon or 2 of honey. While I didn’t need anything sweeter (the banana did the trick), I imagine the honey would sweeten it up perfectly!
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Holly sent me a cute email over the weekend asking if I was going to blog about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I hadn’t thought about it and I haven’t come up with much, but I know a lot of you are watching The Revolution. I loved Karla’s comment the other day when she said she was kind of in love with Jamie. I share in her crush. 😉
A few points:
- LOVE the dance at the school. Having attended a huge university with a hoppin’ quad, this is actually really feasible in the attention it drew.
- HATE how staged the relationship is between the radio DJ and Jamie. That “change of heart” was called from miles away. *eye roll*
- LOVE the kids and their stories. True or not, those are some powerful messages. Especially the young girl given 5-7 years to live. That is a reality, I see it. And it’s sad.
- LOVE Jamie’s choice of words. Especially the 4-letter ones. He pulls it off like on a Brit could do!
- LOVE the reality of the kitchen staff’s reaction to switching to healthier meals. Obviously kitchen jobs are not the best paying and switching from convenience foods to fresh, homemade foods is a huge labor shift for the staff. For the amount of money I assume they’re making, I wouldn’t be thrilled about that change either.
- HATE that french fries are considered a vegetable. THAT IS SO SAD! My jaw hit the FLOOR at that one
Overall, I’m really enjoying the show. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will make a huge impact on the town in the long-term and I’ve heard rumors that things went back to status quo after Jamie left.
Don’t forget to send in your Q&A questions to me at [email protected]! Nutrition questions or otherwise, I will answer! 😀
Question #1: Do you like avocados? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
Question #2: If you were leading a “Food Revolution”, what would your approach be? What do you think Jamie Oliver is doing well? What do you think he could improve on?
…and how are those DO What You DON’T challenge goals going?? 😉
I’m off to teach nutrition to a class of culinary students at a local technical college! Wish me luck! I hope they don’t need too much convincing that healthy food can be delicious, too! 😀
Have a healthy day,