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Avocado advantage

Avocado advantage

I admit it . . . I am an avocado addict. Yes, it’s true, a week does not go by without the consumption of at least two avocados . . . probably more. The perfect substitute for butter, delightful when lavishly spread on a hard-boiled egg, and when blended with tofu, coriander and a touch of paprika, makes an irresistible dip.

But not only delicious also excellent for cholesterol management. New research into this humble fruit has
confirmed its cardiovascular benefits . . .

A new meta-analysis incorporating 10 studies involving 229 participants published this year in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology identified that the simple act of replacing some dietary animal fats with avocado led to significant decreases in total cholesterol, LDL (the bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels . . . Only fitting I follow with my tofu/avocado come Guacamole recipe!

Jill’s avocado dip

400 g firm tofu
½ teaspoon cumin
1 ripe avocado
Juice ½ lemon
2 ripe flavoursome tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
Place tofu in blender with cumin and blend roughly.
Add all other ingredients, blend to a creamy consistency.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Place in your prettiest bowl, a dash of olive oil over the top, a sprinkle of paprika and top with a coriander floret.
Serve with slices of fennel, celery, baby carrots, cucumber and quickly blanched snow peas.

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