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This amazing avocado masterpiece will add some ooh-la-la to your morning. Voted a winning recipe by Kiwis in the 2014 Vogel's Cafe Toast of NZ competition. click here
Avocado and bacon on toast is a match made in heaven - add in some goat cheese and it makes the perfect breakfast! click here
Treating your body to a nutritious and delicious creamy avocado smoothie is the best way to start your day. It’s super easy to prepare and perfect for if you are always on the run! click here
Add a bit of creamy delicious texture to your usual eggs on toast for breakfast. click here
Avocado is a fantastic creamy addition to your favourite baked goods - try this delicious avocado brownie! click here
This is another great cafe style breakfast combo - simple to make, and tasty too! click here
Avocado lends a perfect smooth and creamy texture to this delicious treat, that’s healthy too! click here
A classic breakfast combination all piled on top of toast - delicious! click here
Simply delicious and easy to make, this sweet treat is perfect for a social occasion or an afternoon pick-me-up. This recipe fills approx. 24 mini sweet pastry tart shells or 12 larger sweet pastry tart shells. click here
This is a classic combination sure to give you a great start to the day. click here
This smoothie is a healthy complement to breakfast inthe morning - if you don’t have time in the morning, you can make it anight before and add it to your toasted cereal! 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
For a cafe style breakfast, try this tasty avocado and salmon combination. 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
Try this fantastic spicy twist on the original avocado on toast for breakfast. click here
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
Cream cheese mixed with avocado makes for a deliciously creamy combination - breakfast has never tasted so good. click here
Chocolates that are really good for you - what could be better? click here
For something a bit different for breakfast, try this avocado, feta and mint combination. click here
Perfect for school lunches, morning or afternoon snacks, these avocado bliss balls will go down a treat with kids. click here
Wanting something a little bit fruity and sweet for breakfast? Try this delicious masterpiece. click here
This tasty summer potato salad is perfect to take along to a BBQ. click here
This recipe is perfect for entertaining or as a savoury treat! We have filled the centre of cherry tomatoes in this recipe but it would make a tasty dip for chips too. Enjoy! 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
The dairy and gluten free dessert combines luxurient taste and texture with the amazingly healthy avocado to create a wonderfully guilt-free dessert click here
There’s only one fruit with enough star power toattract a high profile crowd and shine at its own official season launch party– New Zealand’s amazing avocado. A "green carpet” event was held at Ostro’sScreening Room in Auckland on 17 August to celebrate the beginning of the 2016-17avocado season.Attending guests include New Zealand celebrities, influential social mediabloggers, high-profile chefs and New Zealand magazine editors - all of whom areinfluential New Zealanders who love avocados.Avocados are set to return to our lives in a big way. Avocadotrees bear fruit biennially, meaning they can produce a small crop one year whichis often followed by a large crop the next.Thankfully this summer is set to deliver a whopping7.6 million trays – nearly double the volume available last year.NZ Avocado Chief Executive, Jen Scoular says thislaunch celebrated not only the biggest crop they have ever had, but also thefact that they are nearly half way to achieving their sales goal of $280 million by 2023."Our nation is full of diehard avocado fans, so for many Kiwis 2016 is the yearof the New Zealand avocado! It’s alsoperfect timing for the All Black’s test this weekend, as we all know they arebig avocado fans and the country can enjoy avocado dips and goodies whilesupporting our men in black.”NZAvocado hosted the launch party to celebrate the fruit’s enormouspopularity and showcase its great flavour, versatility and health benefits.Guestswere served five different avocado dishes to help whet their appetite andinspire new ideas about how to serve and enjoy this delicious fruit.Popularauthor and Healthy Food Guide nutritionistClaire Turnbull spoke at the event about the incredible health benefitsavocados have to offer.Avocadoscan legitimately be called a "superfood”. They’re full of healthymonounsaturated fats which are great for your heart and cholesterol levels, andhelpkeep your appetite under control.They’realso packed with a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, are low insugar and sodium, and are a good source of dietary fibre. Thanksto a growing body of scientific and nutritional research, avocados have neverbeen more popular. They’re now the star attraction on breakfast menusworldwide, and have been called the "Oprah of Instagram” thanks to the numberof snaps people post of their favourite avocado creations. "The socialmedia buzz and excitement around avocados returning to our supermarket shelvesis unbelievable, so we want to grab this opportunity to showcase and celebrateeverything we love about this amazing fruit,” says Scoular.
NewZealand restaurants and cafes are being encouraged to follow global health andfood trends with the inclusion of avocados on their menu, as a way ofattracting more customers through the door.There is goodnews for café owners and restaurateurs in that over the next month avocadosupply will build with a forecast record crop this season, which will ensureplenty of avocados are available for everyone to enjoy this spring and summer.Jen Scoular, Chief Executive of NZAvocado says avocadosare trending everywhere and by July there will be plenty available to beincluded in café and restaurant menus."Avocadoshave become a versatile and innovative ingredient on breakfast, lunch anddinner menus worldwide. Diners love to see the healthy avocado being used indifferent ways – and what makes New Zealand avocados even better is that all freshavocados sold in New Zealand are grown in New Zealand.”Avocadosushi, smoothies, avocado fries, hummus, pasta sauce and salad dressings are all trending, while classic combinations such as smashedavocado on toast, with eggs, in salads and sandwiches are reaching new culinaryheights. Mikey Newlands, Executive Chef ofBracu Restaurant in Auckland loves using avocado in his dishes. "As they are super nutritious, usingNew Zealand avocados in cooking is a great way to add vitamins and minerals todishes. Many of my customers say thatdishes that utilise avocado are clean, light and easy to eat and something theycould eat everyday rather than leaving them feeling heavy or overfed.” Avocados and Mexican food arestrongly linked and there has been a visible rise in the popularity of Mexicanrestaurants in New Zealand including franchises Mad Mex and Mexicali Fresh. Mad Mex New Zealand Group ManagingDirector, James Tucker, says that on average they use around a tonne of freshavocados weekly. "Our amigos love our freshly prepared guacamole that is madefrom real avocados every single day and proves to be a very popular extra onour menu.” "Avocado makes for a very healthy,nutritious and authentic add-on to any of our menu items. Whether added toburritos, tacos or as a side served with tortilla chips, guacamole is a keycomponent to Mexican cuisine and is served all year round.” New Zealanders are obsessed with thisdelicious healthy fruit, following a world-wide foodie trend to enjoy avocadosat any time of the day or night and international chefs are now going to greatlengths to showcase this super fruit on their latest menus, using their expertknife skills to prepare delicate ‘avocado roses’ and ‘shaved avocado ribbons.’These visually-stunning tricks arere-inventing the way diners can eat avocado on toast or enjoy avocado as a salad,sandwich or pizza topping. Die-hard avocado lovers are alwayslooking for inventive new ways to enjoy their favourite fruit, and almost allcuisines can now incorporate avocados into their menus in one form or another. Sweet avocado dishes are also growingin popularity including brownies, cheesecake, ice-cream, chocolate mud cakesand a range of other desserts and baked goods.One of the reasons avocados havebecome so immensely popular is their amazing health benefits. Diners know thatchoosing an avocado dish off the menu is a guilt-free way of treatingthemselves to a delicious meal.Avocados are packed full of healthymonounsaturated fats which are great for cardiovascular health and help keepyou fuller for longer. They are also low in sugar and sodium, are a good sourceof dietary fibre, and contain vital nutrients such as vitamin B6, folate,niacin, vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium. Consumer research conducted late last year showed 90,000 moreNew Zealand households bought avocados last season (2014-15) compared with theyear before and avocados produced record-breaking domestic sales of $41 millionduring the 2015-16 season. "More people are savouringavocados every season and in our increasingly health-conscious society, thattrend is only going to continue.” Says Scoular. "We’relooking forward to seeing what new avocado-inspired ideas New Zealand’s foodservice industry can serve up this year to ‘wow’ their customers and takethings to another level.”
They are a great addition to a salad or smoothie. But for many, the avocado has come to be seen as a guilty pleasure.Though classed as a fruit, it is not typical in the fact that rather than being high in carbohydrate, avocados are high in fat.Fat has long been hailed the dietary enemy number one, but as the tables turn and the scientific spotlight shines more acutely on sugar, so the benefits of the humble avocado are being realised. A new study has revealed adding the green fruit to your diet can aid weight loss. Furthermore, the fruit reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, according to scientists from the Hass Avocado Board, in California.Emiliano Escobedo, executive director, said: ‘This study supports the body of research showing the many benefits that fresh avocados have to offer when consumed in everyday healthy eating plans.’The findings fall in line with recent recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.The guidelines stated that making small shifts in food choices can make a difference – including shifting from solid fats to oils, such as the oil in fresh avocados.The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, confirmed that swapping solid fats for avocados can ‘significantly change lipid profiles'.Scientists analyzed 10 unique avocado studies with 229 participants.The researchers assessed the impact of avocado on cholesterol levels.They found that consuming one to one-and-a-half avocados per day ‘significantly reduced total cholesterol'.Additionally, it also limited the 'bad' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides when substituted for sources of fat.Corresponding study author Dr Sachin Shah noted that the results showed that even healthy study subjects showed significant reductions.Dr Nikki Ford, director of nutrition for Hass Avocado Board, said: ‘Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels. ‘Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fiber… and fruit intakes, both of which are under consumed in American diets.’Having high levels of bad cholesterol is known to be a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the study.Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one out of every four deaths – and it is the number one killer of men and women.Heart disease is also one of the leading causes of disability.The study noted that additional research must be conducted to look at the impact of avocados on major adverse cardiovascular events.Furthermore, the optimal amount of avocado and frequency of use needs further evaluation, the scientists noted.Mr Escobedo said: 'Clinical studies are currently underway to investigate the relationship between avocado consumption and risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, support of weight management and healthy living.'
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