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This recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy lunch, full of fibre and healthy fats. It’s perfect to take to work in a lunchbox – so you can avoid the unhealthy bought lunch trap!This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. click here
Avocado lends a perfect smooth and creamy texture to this delicious treat, that’s healthy too! click here
It’s fiddly to make, but if you want to make an effort for a special occasion (or you have vegan friends to impress) then here’s your recipe. DF & GF click here
This tasty summer potato salad is perfect to take along to a BBQ. click here
This makes a light, refreshing starter or special side salad. Serve on individual plates, or as one big salad for the table. click here
Chocolates that are really good for you - what could be better? click here
An appetiser or light lunch with the wow factor. In a hurry? Use premade salsa and the dish comes together in five minutes click here
This creamy dressing, flavoured with lemongrass and kaffir lime is incredibly delicious with avocado and prawns. click here
Schoolholidays are a great time to experimentin the kitchen and encourage your kids to eat new foods – and avocados should betop of the list of healthy things to try. Avocados are a nutritionalpowerhouse and their creamy texture appeals to children of all ages. They arefull of fibre to help energise and sustain busy youngsters. Plus they are also sugar-free,low in salt and a source of ‘good fat’ which is important for a healthy heart. Eating avocados can also helpyour child’s body absorb more vital nutrients from other foods they consume.Avocados contain more potassium per 100 grams than a banana, and are a sourceof folate and antioxidants – that’s why they’re considered ‘nature’s superfood’. While some kids are reluctantto eat anything green, pizza is always a winner. Try this delicious AvocadoPizza recipe to get your kids in the kitchen these school holidays so they canlearn how to become healthy Avo-heroes!Avocado and Bacon PizzaAvocado and bacon go so well together on pizza, and thisrecipe is one that the kids will love to make and eat!Makes 2 pizzas, enough to serve 3-4 peoplePrep time: 20 minutes 40 minutes rising time for thedough Cook time: 12-15 minutesPizza base (makes 4 pizza bases)1 cup (250ml) warm water1 tablespoon active dried yeast1 teaspoon sugar450g high grade flour1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon saltToppings1 x 400g can crushed or pureed tomatoes1 red capsicum, sliced2 cups grated mozzarella cheese2 avocados, sliced 200g bacon, cut into pieces and fried½ red onion, very thinly slicedTo make the pizza dough, put the warm water in a mixing bowl and addthe yeast and sugar. Stir gently. Leave in a warm place until the yeasthas dissolved and the mixture is frothy. Mix well. Place the flour, olive oil and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add theyeast mixture and mix well to form a dough (note: there may be some left overflour in the bowl once you’ve formed the dough, this is fine). Knead the doughfor 10 minutes until smooth and elastic, then place in an oiled bowl. Coverwith a tea towel or clingfilm and place in a warm place to rise until doubledin bulk (about 40 minutes). Once it has risen, knock back the dough and divide into 4 evenpieces. This recipe uses 2 pizza bases so you can refrigerate or freeze theother 2 pieces of dough (wrapped well in clingfilm) to use at a later date.Alternatively you can cook all four pizzas, and just double theamount of toppings listed above!Preheat oven to 230degC. If you have them, place two pizza stones onseparate shelves in the oven to preheat. Alternatively preheat 2 oven trays.Get them really hot (this helps the bases crisp up on the bottom).Lay each pizza base on a sheet of baking paper and roll them out to get a nice thin base. Spread tomato sauce over each base, leaving an edge for the crust. Sprinkle over mozzarella and arrange red capsicum and red onion on top. Carefully lift up the baking paper with the pizza on top and place on hot preheated stone or tray. Cook the pizza until the base is crisp and the cheese is melted and golden, about 12 minutes.Take pizzas out of the oven and arrange slices of avocado and bacon on top. Slice and serve! About New Zealand AvocadoThe New Zealand avocado industry isthe third largest fresh fruit export from New Zealand.NZ Avocado Growers' Association Inc. (NZAGA) andAvocado Industry Council Ltd (AIC) – collectively NZ Avocado, operates under theHorticultural Export Authority Act to set mandatory industry standards for allfruit exported from New Zealand. NZ Avocado also facilitates access foravocados to off shore markets. NZAvocado works with the industry to promote New Zealand avocados and providetechnical information to all growers of which there are over 1,350 based mainlyin the Bay of Plenty and Northland.
Research shows you can give your Dad the gift ofgood health this Father’s Day by simply adding half an avocado to hishamburger.A pilot study carried out by the University ofCalifornia (UCLA) and supported by the Hass Avocado Board, examined whathappened when healthy men added half a fresh avocado to their hamburgers. Thestudy found avocado helped reduce inflammation and narrowing of the bloodvessels in comparison to men who ate a meat-only burger instead.The research, published in the journal Food and Function, said the effect ofadding fresh avocado to the hamburgers was noticeable within hours. Consumingavocado helped slow the production of compounds that contributed toinflammation – a risk-factor associated with heart disease.The avocado also helped the men (aged 18 to 35)maintain normal blood flow around their bodies which ensured oxygen and vitalnutrients reached their organs, tissues and cells.Researchers believe these positive health effectsare because avocados are rich in natural monounsaturated ‘healthy fats’ andantioxidants.Jen Scoular, Chief Executive of NZ Avocado says thehamburger research has not been discussed in New Zealand before and there is nowgrowing consumer awareness and understanding of the health benefits avocadoscan offer. The study also provides promising clues about theimpact avocado has vascular and heart health in particular."Avocados are one of the most nutritionally-completefoods in the world,” Scoular says. "They’re full of fibre and help your bodyabsorb more nutrients, from other foods you eat."Eating avocado is not only delicious – it’s a greatway to improve your overall health.”New Zealand’s summer crop of avocados are now onsale – just in time for families to get creative in the kitchen this Father’sDay (Sunday 6 September)."The kids will love smashing up avocado to add togourmet hamburgers. New Zealand men – and their hearts – will thank you forit.” says Scoular. To read more about the study’s key findings visit http://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-nutrition-center/ucla-study *Whilethese are initial findings from a single study, they provide promising cluesand a basis for future research to determine whether avocados can play a rolein the areas of vascular health and heart health. AboutNew Zealand AvocadoThe New Zealand avocadoindustry is the third largest fresh fruit export from New Zealand.NZ Avocado Growers'Association Inc. (NZAGA) and Avocado Industry Council Ltd (AIC) – collectivelyNZ Avocado, operates under the Horticultural Export Authority Act to setmandatory industry standards for all fruit exported from New Zealand. NZAvocado also facilitates access for avocados to off shore markets. NZ Avocado works withthe industry to promote New Zealand avocados and provide technical informationto all growers of which there are over 1,350 based mainly in the Bay of Plentyand Northland.Forfurther comment and information please contactMidge Munro CommunicationsManager, New Zealand Avocado p: 64 7 571 6147 m: 64 21 275 3331 e:firstname.lastname@example.org OR BridgettePaton-TapsellVillagePublic Relations | Marketingp: 64 7572 1608m: 64 275533929e: email@example.com
Avocadoshave been declared ‘the Oprah of Instagram’ by renowned fashion blogger LeandraMedine and are the most photographed food of our time – just as New Zealand’snew season crop is about to hit supermarket shelves here and overseas.NewZealand’s avocado season begins in September and is likely to send Instagram’sfoodies and health and fitness fans into overdrive. JenScoular, Chief Executive of NZ Avocado, says the fruit’s rising star status isgreat news for New Zealand’s avocado industry which is on track to increaseproduction to take advantage of ever increasing globaldemand.New Zealand sold a record 7.1 million trays worth $135m during the 2014-15avocado season, of which 2.4 million trays were consumed by Kiwis here at home.Aboutone in five of Nigella Lawson’s recent Instagram posts have featured mashedavocado smothered on toast. Last month actress Emmy Rossum received 27,000likes for posing in an Avocado Toast t-shirt, while Lena Dunham is anothercelebrity who likes to regularly snap her healthy avocado snacks.Bloggersand fashion influencers everywhere are leading the trend and avocados are nowdominating the brunch and smoothie scene, becoming a must-have on every menu.TheUK’s Daily Mail have described avocado as "breakfast’s new superstar”and "the Kendall Jenner of the fruit bowl” thanks to its popularity onInstagram. American blogger Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller,compared avocado’s influence to that of Oprah, while Kelly Eastwood of TheLondon Chatter says the obsession is here to stay. "Avocado on toast says:‘yes, I’m hungover, I haven’t showered yet but, hey, I’m eating avocado at acool Portobello Road café so I’m still on top of the trend for all thingshealthy’.”Avocado is revered as a nutrient-dense,cholesterol-free fruit containing healthy fat. They’re a great source ofenergy, keep you feeling fuller for longer, and are quick and easy to prepare. About New Zealand AvocadoThe NewZealand avocado industry is the third largest fresh fruit export from NewZealand.NZ Avocado Growers' Association Inc. (NZAGA) andAvocado Industry Council Ltd (AIC) work with the New Zealand industry to setexport standards, facilitate market access, promote New Zealand avocados andprovide technical information to all New Zealand growers of which there areover 1,350 based mainly in the Bay of Plenty and Northland. For moreinformation visit www.nzavocado.co.nz or follow us on social @NZ_Avocado @Jen_Scoular@Midge_Munro
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