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Avocado chips

As we are massive avocado fans, we get quite excited any time there is a development in the world of our favourite snack item.

The mood is generally one of disappointment whenever we discover that we’ve, literally, scraped every last bit of fruity goodness from the peel.

However, as it turns out, we’ve been discarding the last of our avocados prematurely. We haven’t been eating the seeds!

Which actually seems more like a stone, to be honest, but that’s another discussion entirely.

One Green Planet are telling is that the seed is “where most of the fruit’s nutritional potential resides".

"The seed holds 70% of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea," the site informs us.

“The oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it young and wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair so that we remain good-looking, too."

Sounds great. Also, the antioxidants to be found in the seed “help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumour growth.”

So, great hair, no bloating and all of the tasty goodness to satisfy your avocado obsession. It is almost too good to be true.

Almost, because one thing that struck us: how do you go about eating the stone?

According to the site, you can cut it into quarters and put it in a blender.

However, you have been warned that it may not a complete “miracle food”. One nutritionist told HuffPost Health that avocado seeds may not solve all your dietary problems but:

“If you want to eat it and benefit from a few extra nutrients, antioxidants and fibre, by all means do.”

If perhaps the avocado seed still isn’t looking all that appealing, then have no fear because there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy the green snack superhero.

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As discussed previously, we’re a nation that just really loves our chips.

But potatoes aren’t the only foodstuff that can be fashioned into delicious slivers of golden goodness.

In fact, Irish pubs in the US are now championing a twist on the classic: namely avocado fries.

Oh. Yes. Please.

Crunchy on the outside; warm and creamy on the inside. Suffice to say that slices of avocado, breaded and deep-fried = heaven.

Here at SHEmazing! we think they’re particularly delicious when served with a zesty citrus, or a firey-hot chilli dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Oil for frying
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g of breadcrumbs
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Ground cumin (about half a teaspoon)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the bread crumbs with the lemon zest and cumin.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste and set it aside.
  3. Beat the eggs together in a bowl and also then place aside.
  4. Cut the avocados in half and slice them vertically into chunky wedges (about 10cm long X 2.5cm wide).
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan (170C is ideal) – the oil should be 8-10cm deep so the avocado gets covered completely.
  6. Dredge the avocado slices in the breadcrumb mixture, then in the egg mixture, then back in the breadcrumb mixture again.
  7. Place them in the hot oil and fry them for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs, and set them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  9. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving tray and serve immediately.

 

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