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How to Eat an Avocado Seed

Avocado

Among all the goodness within each avocado seed is said to be:

  • 70% of the antioxidants found in the whole avocado, which help to regulate intestinal function
  • More soluble fiber than most other rich sources
  • Oils that increase the collagen in our skin, assisting with wrinkles and keeps our hair shiny

Unfortunately, though, it usually does end up in the garbage. It’s extremely bitter taste probably has a lot to do with that… but there’s so much benefit to be had by eating it, so it’s worth investigating how we might go about it.

Eating the avocado seed is not only a great way to get extra nutrients in to your diet, but also a great way to minimize waste – I love the idea of using more of a food in cooking than what gets thrown away!

Read more about how awesome the avocado seed is here.

Ok then… how on earth do I eat it?

The easiest way to eat the seed is to dehydrate it (to increase it’s shelf life), and then grind it in to a powder to be added to smoothies and juices.

That way, we can add lots of lovely strong flavors to mask the bitterness of the seed. Good choices to do this are tart berries, ginger and citrus.

How do I make the powder?

  1. Remove the seed as you normally would – tap a sharp knife into it, and twist.
  2. Rinse the seed, then place in an oven pan and dehydrate the seed at 120C for 1.5 – 2 hours.
  3. Once the seed has cooled to the touch, discard the dry outer skin. Then find the seam created by your knife when you removed your seed, and gently press your knife down in to it. The seed should pop into two halves. Be sure to spread your fingers on your free hand when you do this, in case the seed rolls.
  4. Using a sharp knife, dice the seed halves. Still ensure your fingers are kept away, just in case.
  5. Using a high powdered blender (a Vitamix is ideal), blitz the diced seed into a fine powder.
  6. Store in the fridge in an air tight container, and use a tablespoon at a time for your smoothies and juices.

 

Read the full article at: http://www.nourishmewhole.com/how-to-eat-an-avocado-seed/


Avocado with Garlic Shrimp

Stuffed Avocado with Garlic Shrimp   Avocado with Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients
  • 1 whole medium avocado
  • about 2 cups medium to large shrimp, raw or uncooked frozen (defrost prior to cooking)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • chili powder, optional
Instructions

Half the avocado and take the pit out.

Scrap out most of the meat, leaving a very thin layer to hold up the shell better. Set aside.

Chop up the meat into squares and place in a bowl. With your hands, squish the squares a little bit, to crush some but so that most keep their shape. Set aside.

In a pan, place about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the minced garlic and the shrimp.

Add a dash of coarse sea salt, and over low heat, cook just until the shrimp turn pink. Do not overcook, or they’ll be dry and hard.

Pour the shrimp with garlic and olive oil into the bowl with the avocado pieces.

Add some chopped parsley or cilantro and mix well. (If you want to incorporate some chili powder for extra flavor, do so now before mixing.)

Spoon the mixture into the avocado shells, sprinkle with some freshly ground pepper, and garnish with additional parsley/cilantro if desired.

Serve immediately. Great as a Paleo meal.

(I added a leftover, hard boiled quail egg as garnish, but it’s not essential to the recipe, of course.)

Author: The Saffron Girl

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Serves: 1-2
Serves 1 as a meal, or 2 as an appetizer