We love experimenting with ‘super foods’ and avocado is one of our favourites. This is one staple that we never forget when it comes to grocery shopping, and there are plenty of reasons why. Here are three little super uses for avocado…
The most obvious. Not only is the avocado delicious to eat, but they are packed with essential and healthy fats and oils that your body needs. Mash an avocado and use in place of butter when you make sandwiches, add half to your smoothie now and then, or simply chop up in a salad. You can even use it in place of butter to make cookies! However you eat it, this super food is going to work for you. Here’s a simple recipe for avocado butter, and some ways that you can serve it. All you need is:
- 1 avocado
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
Simply mix all ingredients together until it resembles butter. This can also be frozen. Now your avocado butter can be used to make corn on the cob extra tasty, tossed with pasta for a quick and easy lunch, or spread on a pizza base as an alternative to tomatoes. You can also use it instead of butter when you’re baking savoury treats, and we love it as a quick and tasty salad dressing too. Super food indeed!
Add it as you juice…
Regular readers know I’m a fan of Jason Vale and he uses avocados alllll the time! His Turbo Express recipe is my personal favourite!
Use it on your face
The avocado is also fantastic for the skin, and there are a few ways you can use it on your face.
- Under the eyes: crush half an avocado and apply to the area under your eyes using a gentle patting motion. Leave for a few moments then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Alternatively you can slice it and use in place of cucumber to help reduce puffiness.
- On the skin: Mix half an avocado with a few tablespoons of oatmeal and use as an all natural exfoliator. Rub in circular motions, leave for a few moments then rinse. Pat dry and follow with a good moisturiser (we love coconut oil).
- Make a face mask: avocado is wonderful for face masks because it provides a moisturising boost for your skin. Mix one quarter of an avocado with 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the juice from one slice of lemon. Mix to a paste then apply to the face. Leave for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and follow with a good moisturiser. Bliss!
Use it on your hair
The super moisturising qualities of the avocado mean that it can be a real treat for dry and tired hair. Restore shine and vitality with just half an avocado! Here are our favourite hair treatments to try:
- To repair: You need 1 egg, 1 avocado, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon honey. Mix all ingredients to a smooth paste. Massage into the hair and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water then wash as normal. This is a super combination for tackling split ends.
- For dry, dull hair: Mix half an avocado with 3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt. Apply to the hair and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and wash as normal. Voila!
- To revitalise and nourish: Mix an avocado with a quarter of a cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend to a smooth paste and cover your hair from root to tips. Leave for 15 minutes, rinse then wash as normal.
- For shiny hair: Mix half an avocado with one ripe banana, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mix to a paste and apply to hair from root to tips. Leave for 15-30 minutes, rinse well then wash as normal.
Use it in your soap
This post couldn’t end without a mention to the lovely Lali,who together with her husband turned an old tea estate into a thriving avocado farm in Tanzania. They came over in July 2012 to learn how to utilise the excess oil by making soap so they could return and set up a co-op for the wives of their workers. This was such an empowering exercise, enabling them to have money in their pockets to help bring up their children… the enterprise went so well they went on to create a day care centre for the children whilst the soap was being produced… so here she is making her first batch. Kinda monumental in both her and my journey!