Meat Free Monday

Many people have negative misconceptions about avocados mainly because of the fruit’s high fat content, but the avocado is a wonderful source of nutritional value. Avocados are listed as a “nutrient superstar” in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible. Some of the nutritional benefits found in avocados are potassium, folate, B-vitamins and vitamin E. Avocados are also a good source of fiber, and fiber may help maintain heart health.

Avocado and Almond Salad

    1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
    1 bag prewashed or own salad leaves
    1 small avocado
    1 handful raw almonds

1. Combine balsamic with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Toss leaves in the dressing to coat them evenly.

3. Halve avocado lengthwise and remove the stone. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh into little round chunks and arrange over your salad.

4. Scatter with the almonds

This recipe serves 1 and of course you can play around with ingredients, swapping almonds for another favored nut.